What is male pattern baldness?

Male pattern baldness is a common condition also known as androgenetic alopecia. Roughly 85% of men will experience male pattern baldness with noticeable thinning by the age of 50. Some men may even begin to lose their hair before they turn 21. Signs of this condition typically include a receding hairline beginning at the temples or thinning near the crown.

What Does Male Pattern Baldness Look Like?

Typical characteristics of male pattern baldness include:

  • A receding hairline that produces an “M” shape
  • Thinning hair at the crown
  • Generally finer and thinner hair

For men with this type of hair loss, the hairline eventually recedes enough to meet the bald spot at the crown resulting in a horseshoe pattern of hair around the sides and back of the head.

The Norwood-Hamilton Scale

The most commonly used classification system to measure the progression of male pattern baldness is the Norwood-Hamilton Scale. Levels on the scale range from I (little to no hair loss) to VII (balding with only a rim of hair remaining on the sides and back of the head). While the Norwood-Hamilton Scale is a tool used to broadly categorize male hair loss, some men may not find an exact fit or may be suffering from a different type of hair loss condition.

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What Causes Male Pattern Baldness?

Men suffering from male pattern baldness have inherited hair follicles that are sensitive to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT causes the follicles to miniaturize over time producing thinner and finer hair. Eventually, the follicles will stop producing terminal (normal, thick) hairs and grow only miniaturized (“peach fuzz”) hairs that are nearly invisible. For this reason, hair loss is progressive.

Other Causes of Hair Loss in Men

Other types of hair loss can be attributed to many different factors, including certain medical conditions and prescription drugs. Even stressful events such as surgery or the death of a loved one can be triggers. Hair loss caused by something other than androgenetic alopecia may present as patchy loss, rather than the typical “M” shape of a receding hairline. If you notice a change in your hair, talk to your doctor as it could be an indication of another problem or disorder.

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