- Hair loss is very common in men, especially in later life when the levels of the male hormones that affect hair growth can decline.
- However, hair loss in men can happen for other reasons too. Understanding the cause is the first step towards finding the right treatment. Various treatment options are available that can encourage hair growth or restore hair in men.
Causes of Male Hair Loss
- Hair loss in men can happen for many different reasons. It can be a result of a nutritional deficiency, stress-related, or caused by a condition such as alopecia areata or a skin disorder.
- Certain medical treatments can also affect your hair. However, more than 90% of cases in men are due to male pattern baldness, which causes a characteristic pattern of hair loss linked to changes in hormone levels.
- Most men will experience some degree of hair loss as they grow older, but some will notice it earlier or be affected more severely.
Hair Loss Symptoms in Men
- Hair loss in men is most noticeable when it causes bald spots to develop, particularly on shorter hair. However, you might also notice that you are losing more hair when washing or brushing it, or that your hair feels thinner.
- Male pattern baldness usually causes thinning on the crown of the head along with a receding hairline
- Thinning can also occur across the scalp, for example due to disorders such as telogen effluvium that can affect the way hair grows
- Small bald patches can appear on the scalp due to problems such as infections, scarring, or alopecia areata
- Thin or patchy hair growth can occur on other parts of the body too, including the beard and mustache areas in men
When to Seek Help
- The way that hair loss happens is important as it can help to diagnose the cause and may affect the treatment options that are available to you.
- Hair loss isn’t usually a sign of anything serious, but it can still have a significant impact on your confidence and mood.
If you are at all unhappy about losing your hair then you should seek help at the BMC. You don’t have to wait until the hair loss is severe. Treatment may be able to restore your hair and boost your self-esteem.
You should also see your GP or a dermatologist if you experience sudden hair loss or you have other symptoms such as an itchy scalp as you may need treatment for a condition such as a skin infection.
Treatments for Male Hair Loss
Several different treatment options are available to help with hair loss in men. Depending on the cause and extent of the hair loss, your doctor may recommend:
- A hair transplant
- Medication to encourage hair growth or prevent further loss
- Mesotherapy to ensure your hair is getting the right nutrients
- PRP treatment to stimulate hair growth
- Scalp micropigmentation to conceal the hair loss
If you are worried about your hair then you should make an appointment at the BMC to find out which of these treatment options is most suitable for you.