Is your hair loss permanent? Learn about male pattern hair loss and the different types of treatment options available.

The majority of hair loss in men is due to genetics. Male Pattern Baldness, also known as androgenic alopecia, is a hereditary condition affecting more than two-thirds of all males. It is the result of hormonal changes that cause the hair follicle to shrink and grow at a steadily slower rate. Eventually, growth ceases completely, usually in a predictable pattern.

We all know that hair loss changes how we look, but it can also affect how we feel about ourselves. Perhaps you’re experiencing lower self-esteem or feeling less confident at work and social situations. Our society identifies the loss of hair with growing older and slowing down.

Once you identify the kind of hair loss you have, you can begin to take action to treat and prevent it from progressing.

How to Identify Male Pattern Balding in Men

Male Pattern Baldness occurs in a particular pattern for most men and usually proceeds to the more advanced stages over time, if medical intervention for treatment is not taken. The seven classifications of male hair loss are depicted below.

First Signs of Pattern Balding: A Receding Hairline

In men, hair loss patterns usually begin with a receding hairline that deepens in the temporal areas. Initially, the recession is imperceptible, with hair becoming less full toward the front of the hairline. Gradually, the hairline moves further and further back, followed by thinning hair at the crown of the head.

Next Signs of Pattern Balding: Thinning at the Crown

Another sign of androgenetic alopecia is thinning hair at the crown - the area at the top toward the back of the hair. Many times, men don't even know they are thinning at the crown because they cannot see the tops of their heads in a mirror. Usually, hair stylists and spouses are the first to notice this type of balding. Balding at the crown begins slowly with the hair becoming sparser in a smaller area. Over time, thinning a the crown widens over a larger area with areas of complete baldness. In certain types ofhair loss, the hairline does not recede completely, and a "bridge" of hair seems to divide the hairline from the balding at the crown.

Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Hair Loss in Men

There are a handful of non-surgical treatment options for preventing & treating mild to moderate hair loss in men: prescription medications taken orally, medicated topical solutions and laser therapy.

Low-Level Laser Therapy: Drug-Free Photobiomodulating Treatment

Low-level light treatment is available for patients who are suffering from either male or female pattern hair loss. Visible red laser light is effective in stimulating the mitochondria in the cells of the hair follicle. Low-level light therapy (LLLT), also known as photobiomodulation or PBMT, has been used since the 1960s for varying treatements of medical conditions such as chronic ulcers and chronic pain such as headaches, musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain without known adverse side effects. LLLT is believed to increase cell metabolism for thicker, lustrous and more durable hair.

Surgical Hair Restoration

At a certain point in hair loss progression, hair loss advances to stages where there is little that can be done by any treatment to restore the follicle to regenerate healthy hair. A viable hair follicle is necessary to grow hair. Hair transplantation surgery moves hair follicles still capable of producing hair from a "donor" area (typically the back or sides of the scalp) to the area where viable follicles are no longer present, "restoring” the hair in that region.

Hair Loss Patterns in Men

The obvious goal of hair restoration for men is to create a fuller head of natural-looking hair, but other benefits come with looking younger and feeling better. Both men and women report being more confident in their interpersonal and social relationships. Their business performance often improves. They feel more self-assured, more engaged in life and porject a stronger, more positive self-image. For some people, it can be life changing. With so much at stake, you want a hair treatment that will work for you,