Other than a deep voice and devilish smile, a full head of
hair ranks high as a traits men associate with attractiveness. (Women don’t
necessarily agree, just ask Don Diebel)
There are various types of hair loss. The type of hair loss we're discussing is male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia. Male pattern
baldness is not a disorder, it’s hereditary. Hormones and genes determine the
likelihood of male pattern baldness. Androgens have the largest effect.
Testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) increase the number of hair
follicles on the face and underarm during puberty, also, they can cause scalp
follicles to decrease in size with age. Genetics determine if the hair responds
to the presence of androgens, thus causing the hair to degrade by causing the follicles
to become smaller, thereby making the hair thinner and shorter.
Male pattern baldness is permanent. Wearing hats, brushing,
and massaging will have no effect. However there are two options approved by
the FDA to help lessen the effect or onset of male patter baldness, Minoxodil
and Finasteride. Minoxodil is a topical treatment that prolongs the hair growth
cycle. Finasteride is a pill that works to inhibit the conversion of
testosterone to DHT and blocks androgen dependent degradation of hair follicles.
If you are concerned, contact a
dermatologist for options and side
effects of treatments, and consider researching articles via American Medical