Treatments For Male Pattern Baldness

Written by Liza Hartung
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Any male out there who is stressing about balding even half as much as any of the males I know will want to know about treatments for male pattern baldness. Just to get it straight right away, there is no permanent cure. Also, male pattern baldness is due to genetics, so you won't see it stop on its own once it starts. There are treatments, however.

First, I'll explain a little about balding so you can better understand how treatments for male pattern baldness work. Pattern baldness is due to the male hormone dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. Obviously, since it is a male hormone (you can tell by the "testosterone" in the name) men have more than women. Women do have traces, so they too can experience baldness, but not to the degree that men do. With the balding gene, it creates an excess amount of DHT later in life.

Now, I know many of you men out there are starting to hate this little hormone. However, it is also this hormone that helped you with facial hair and the growth of your reproductive organs. It gets to be a little bit of a love/hate relationship, doesn't it? Anyway, as you age, the excess DHT attaches itself to hair follicles, where hair grows from. The DHT slowly shrinks the follicles thereby cutting off the blood supply to the hair.

Types of Treatments for Male Pattern Baldness

Even though hair is falling out and not growing back, the actual follicle has not died. It is this little fact that allows treatments for male pattern baldness to work. The follicle is still capable of growing hair. You can transplant surgery, if you like, and be done with the whole thing in about two years. Alternatively, you can use treatments that are either oral or topical. You use them once or twice a day for as long as you want to keep your hair loss under control.

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