Society is very accepting of male baldness as a normal part of the aging process, Hollywood is full of leading men who have accepted and even embraced baldness as part of their look. Male pattern baldness (Androgenetic Alopecia) affects nearly half of all American men by the age of 50 and 85 percent of all American men have significantly thinning hair by that age (AmericanHairLoss.org).
Most male hair loss is usually attributable to genetics and more specifically, to the conversion of the male hormone testosterone to DHT. As men begin to produce more testosterone, those who are sensitive to DHT will experience miniaturization of hair shafts, hair follicles will begin to dry up, and eventually hair growth will stop.
How does DHT contribute to male pattern hair loss? The testosterone hormone is converted into DHT in the testes by the enzyme, 5a-reducatase. Once converted, DHT binds to androgens.
Hair Loss Prevention & Treatment
Drugs that prevent hair loss, such as Propecia (finasteride generic), work by blocking the formation of DHT, essentially stopping the hair loss by 90%- 92% of the cases. Additional hair loss treatments include prevention and reversing the miniaturized hairs with low-level light therapy. Side effects with prevention methods. Propecia and/or Finesteride can have sexual side effects. Such as, decrease in libido, less in sperm count, take longer to get an erection and there is a small percentage that can have permanent damage. Male breast cancer has now been linked with Propecia last year. Low-level light therapy has no side affects. This has been the first completely holistic approach in stabilizing the hair loss without any contraindications with using laser. We do not recommend if you are pregnant or nursing using the device.
Norwood-Hamilton Scale of Male Pattern Baldness
Male Pattern Hair Loss
As men age, their hairline matures and for some men it is the beginning stages of Male Pattern Baldness. According to the Norwood Scale, a man’s hair loss can progress in 7 different stages the first stages can start as early as 16 years of age.
Another hair loss pattern for men is the likelihood of alopecia, men in their 20’s have a 20% chance of hair loss, men in their 30’s have a 30% chance of hair loss, men in their 40’s have a 40% chance, etc. The earlier you start to see hair loss the most likely you will end up with more significant loss sooner. Prevention is key as soon as you notice a problem.