CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS IN MEN

Most causes of hair loss in men can be attributed to one of the following reasons:

  • Male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia)
  • Scarring from accidents, surgery, and chemical and thermal burns
  • Hair loss due to hair pulling, such as braiding or weaving
  • Heredity (family history of hair loss)
  • Medical conditions and medications
  • Changes in your hormones

While knowing the cause of your hair loss isn’t going to fix it by itself, recognizing the type of male hair loss you have is the first step in determining your ideal treatment plan.

MALE PATTERN BALDNESS (ANDROGENETIC ALOPECIA)

As its name implies, male pattern baldness usually exhibits a predictable pattern, with hair loss beginning at the hairline above the temples and gradually receding. Male pattern baldness is also the most common cause of hair loss in men, accounting for more than 95% of all hair loss cases.

Male pattern baldness causes your hair follicles to shrink gradually over time until they stop regrowing. Without proper attention, it can eventually progress to the point where only hair on the sides and rear of the head is left. With timely treatment, this outcome can be prevented.

PATCHY HAIR LOSS (ALOPECIA AREATA)

Much less common than male pattern hair loss is patchy hair loss and spot baldness, also known as alopecia areata. Alopecia areata is actually an autoimmune disease and occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your hair follicles, leaving a smooth, round patch of hairless skin. Patchy hair loss can happen in otherwise healthy people.

OTHER HAIR LOSS FACTORS

Hair loss in men can also be caused by external factors. Some examples include:

  • A traumatic event such as a death in the family
  • Medication to treat cancer, heart problems or high blood pressure

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