Male Pattern Hair Loss (Androgenetic Alopecia)

Male-patterned baldness or androgenetic alopecia is the most common form of hair loss affecting men. The condition can start as early as late teens or early twenties, but typically is more common in older men. By 50 years of age, approximately 50% of white men will have some degree of male pattern hair loss. The classic presentation includes a receding hairline as well as hair loss on the top and front of the head. The causes are likely multifactorial including both genetics and hormones. The condition is slowly progressive. While there is no cure, various treatment options are available to slow the progression including topical therapies, oral medications, and/or hair transplantation. Low level light therapy and platelet rich plasma are additional treatment options that may be pursued.

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