Q5. What is male pattern baldness?

A5. The medical name for this is androgenetic alopecia. This is a form of baldness in men which is caused by genetics and is often passed down through several generations.

What happens is that a man inherits a gene for baldness which combined with a hormone derivative of testosterone called ‘dihydrotestosterone’ (DHT) shrinks the hair follicles. This weakens them and stops the growth of new hair. Over time, the remaining hair starts to thin and eventually falls out which is not replaced.

This process usually starts in the early thirties although it can start when a man is in his twenties and progresses until middle age. It starts with a receding hairline and spreads from this over the top and towards the back of the head. The remaining hair around the back and sides forms a distinctive ‘horseshoe’ pattern and is used as the donor site for transplantation.

Male pattern baldness is permanent.

FAQS Index:

FAQs Intro

  1. What is hair transplant surgery?
  2. Am I suitable candidate for hair transplant surgery?
  3. I am a woman who has some hair loss; can I have ahair transplant?
  4. What causes hair loss?
  5. What is male pattern baldness?
  6. Is there a lower age limit for a hair transplant?
  7. How long does hair transplant surgery take?
  8. Do I need to cut my hair or shave my head before surgery?
  9. Will I lose hair after a hair transplant?
  10. Which is the best procedure for me?
  11. Will I need more than one session?
  12. Will there be much scarring?
  13. Are there complications of hair transplantation?
  1. What is the recovery after hair transplant surgery?
  2. Will other people notice that I have had a hair transplant?
  3. When will my new hair grow?
  4. What is a ‘hair graft?’
  5. What is a ‘Follicular Unit?’
  6. What is ‘Follicular Unit Transplantation?’
  7. What is the ‘Fox Test?’
  8. What is ‘Follicular Unit Extraction?’
  9. What is ‘Micrografting?’
  10. Does a hair transplant hurt?
  11. What is the aftercare following hair transplant surgery?
  12. What can I expect from hair transplant surgery?
  13. How much does hair transplant surgery cost?

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