Androgenetic alopecia, commonly known as male or female pattern baldness, is a leading cause of hair loss. Factors such as hormones, genetics, and age can affect the prevalence of pattern baldness. The condition generally manifests gradually, at the top and front of the scalp. At True and Dorin Medical Group, we can provide a variety of treatment options to address hair loss, including grafts and medications. If you are unhappy with the progression of your condition, Dr. Robert J. Dorin and Dr. Robert H. True can help you establish a customized treatment plan to restore your full head of hair at our New York, New Jersey, or Boston locations.
What is Androgenetic Alopecia?
Androgenetic alopecia is a type of hair loss that is caused by DHT (dihydrotestosterone), a hormone which shrinks the hair follicles. This results in shorter, finer hair that will eventually stop growing. However, the follicles do not die, which is why future hair growth can often be stimulated with medications and cutting-edge procedures. Androgenetic alopecia typically affects men and women differently and varies from patient to patient.
Female Pattern Hair Loss
Pattern hair loss in women generally results in diffuse thinning on all areas of the scalp. Thinning will usually begin at the center part and gradually widen out, affecting the hair across the crown. However, some women can experience a combination of diffuse and distinct pattern hair loss.
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Male Pattern Baldness
For men, pattern baldness typically creates a receding hairline and thinning at the crown. A receding hairline will slowly form an "M" shape as it moves backward across the scalp. As the hair on the sides of the head falls out, it will often result in baldness in a "U-shaped" formation. In some cases, male pattern hair loss may progress to the point of total baldness. Androgenetic alopecia is most common in men over 50 years old, however, it may happen as early as the teenage years.
Causes of Pattern Hair Loss
There are three main factors that can contribute to the likelihood that a patient will experience pattern hair loss:
- Androgens (male sex hormones)
- Advancing age
These causes can often be interrelated. Typically, as we age, our level of androgens change. In women, this can often happen during menopause. When there is a decrease in estrogen, there may be an increase in the thinning of hair. However, some patients are genetically predisposed to androgenetic alopecia.
Diagnosis and Treatment
We can provide treatment for a wide variety of conditions that can cause hair loss. Our team can evaluate your symptoms to diagnose whether you are suffering from androgenetic alopecia or if there is another reason for your hair loss.
Our diverse treatment options include hair transplant surgery, non-surgical procedures, and medications. We also offer hairpieces to conceal signs of hair loss. A consultation with one of our hair restoration surgeons can help to determine the best treatment method for your condition. Your doctor will work with you to find a solution that will create the most natural-looking and long-lasting results.
Effective Androgenetic Alopecia Care
Do not let pattern hair loss prevent you from living your life to the fullest. Dr. True and Dr. Dorin understand that their patients can be frustrated with their condition which is why they are dedicated to providing considerate, effective, personalized care to every patient. Contact us online or call us at (866) 629-0866 to schedule a consultation.