Male Pattern Baldness

The term "male pattern baldness" may lead you to believe that every man is destined to lose his hair eventually. While it's true that most people experience at least a little hair loss as they age, male pattern baldness is different.

This definitive guide will give you a better understanding of the condition, and give you some insight into what we can do about it.

Male Pattern Baldness: What's the Concern?

Male pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia, is the most common type of hair loss in men.

For millions of men, it's considered a natural part of the aging process. However, premature or unexpected hair loss can sometimes indicate a more serious underlying condition requiring medical attention.

It can be psychologically distressing to experience thinning hair, bald spots, or a receding hairline. Individuals can experience a loss of self-esteem that may cause depression, anxiety, and other emotional stress.

Fortunately, plenty of hair restoration treatments exist.

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What is Male Pattern Baldness?

When a man starts losing hair, male pattern baldness accounts for the problem over 95% of the time.

Clinically known as androgenetic alopecia, male pattern baldness occurs as hormone levels change throughout a man's life. Men also lose hair due to other factors, such as genetics.

When genetic factors are at the source of male pattern baldness, the hair follicles gradually shrink. As a result, hair grows shorter and finer until no new hair grows.

No two cases of male pattern baldness are alike. Some men experience a receding hairline above the forehead. Others get a bald spot on the crown. Some lose hair on the tops of their heads.

The typical progression generally starts at the hairline. It slowly moves backwards, or recedes, creating an M-shaped hairline.

Over time, hair becomes finer, shorter, and thinner. Eventually it produces a U-shaped, or horseshoe, pattern of hair around the sides of the head.

Fortunately, there are many solutions that can help us address male pattern baldness.

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Do Topical Remedies and Pills Work?

Pills, creams, and vitamins are usually where men want to start, and we'll address some specific options below. In general, none of these remedies are strong enough to slow, stop, or reverse hair loss on their own.

This is why men can waste hundreds of thousands of dollars on these solutions, only to wind up disappointment.

That's not to say these remedies are completely useless. In many cases, they're excellent strengtheners and aides to more aggressive hair restoration options. In some cases we recommend using them to supplement our procedures.

As long as you understand they are only supplemental and the help they can provide is limited, you'll be using them correctly and to their full effect.

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What Are My Treatment Options for Male Pattern Baldness?

Here are some options for you to consider.

Fin######## and Minoxidil

Fin######## comes in both topical and oral form. It is a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor designed to decrease DHT in the scalp by nearly 70%. It can be effective both for male pattern baldness and for benign prostatic hyperplasia (Proscar).

If you're only using fin########, it will take months before you see any noticeable results. Topical fin######## is sometimes faster, since you're applying it directly to the problem area. Topicals also reduce the appearance of side effects, such as potential sexual dysfunction.

Minoxidil is worth mentioning as well.  It works by slowing hair loss or healing newly damaged hair folicles by dialating blood vessels in the scalp. This incerases blood flow to hair follicles, which in turn ensures your hair gets more nutrients and oxygen. It takes about a year to see results with topical minoxidil.

We do offer topical fin######## here at MAXIM. Our version features a high-grade compound of minoxidil, biotin, caffeine, and various growth peptides designed to promote a hair follicle's strength, proliferation, and self-healing abilities. We typically offer it as an additive to other, faster, and more intensive hair restoration procedures.

3D Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)

If you like to wear a close-cropped hairstyle or prefer a "buzz cut" look then 3D scalp micro-pigmentation may be the solution for you.

SMP creates a series of permanent micro-tattoos designed to mimic the natural look and feel of hair. We use tiny needles to create a new hairline and to fill in thin spots. SMP can exist side-by-side with your natural hair.

Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) 

CIT is a microneedling procedure that prompts the scalp to produce collagen, which in turn leads to the production of keratin.

It's also a guided tissue trauma using very tiny needles, one that triggers the human body's natural platelet response.

CIT can increase the absorption of topical fin######## or topical minoxidil products.


PDO uses a series of tiny, slowly-dissolving polydioxanone sutures to continually produce microtraumas in the scalp.

This has the same effect as CIT, but offers the benefit of allowing the process to continue for months, promoting hair growth the entire time.

Non-Surgical Micrografting

Micrografting allows us to harvest a very small number of healthy hair follicles and then place them into a centrifuge to create an injectable that is full of hair growth factors. We then inject those into the problem areas on your scalp.

This method is excellent for mild hair loss and can yield results in as few as three months. It works well as long as the hair follicles are still alive.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) 

Follicular unit extraction is the most popular and versatile hair transplant method. We harvest and transplant one hair graft (or follicular unit) at a time. Dead hair follicles get replaced with live ones, which means you will be able to experience normal hair growth once the procedure is done.

FUE is popular because it leaves no scarring, offers rapid recovery, and generates fast results. It's also minimally invasive.

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) 

Follicular unit transplantation is an older hair transplant method, but it's still highly effective. It's also referred to as the strip hair transplant procedure. The back of your head contains "forever" hair follicles that don't usually die. We then create individual grafts that are transplanted into the affected areas.

FUT techniques have come a long way and allow for a full, natural look. It's appropriate for men who need more grafts than FUE can provide, but does leave a small scar.

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Choosing the Option That's Right for You

The right service or combination of services and products depends on the extent of your hair loss and the qualiity of the donor site. We'll work with you to set realistic expectations on what each method can accomplish for you.

When you meet with our clinical team, be sure to share details about your medical history, the age of hair loss onset, and the treatments and medications you've already tried. You should also tell us what your goals and hopes are. We use this information to create a thoughtful care plan that's just right for you.

Traveling long distance? We offer virtual consultations through our website. You just complete a form with your contact information and health history, then upload some photos. A Care Team expert will contact you to book your complimentary consultation.

Have you asked yourself: "Where can I find a hair transplant near me?" Contact us at MAXIM Hair Restoration today. We're here to help.

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