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Male pattern hair loss

Male pattern hair loss / androgenetic alopecia

Male pattern hair loss is the most common type of hair loss in men, affecting about 50% of men over the age of 50. It reflects a combination of inherited predisposition with increased sensitivity to the effects of dihydrotestosterone that causes scalp hair to become thinner, shorter and lighter in colour until eventually the follicles shrink and stop producing hair.

At any time after puberty men can become aware of a receding hairline or hair thinning.  Diagnosis is usually straightforward, and there are many effective treatments. Treatments can include hair growth tablets, hormonal tablets, and platelet rich fibrin (PRF).