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Hair Loss and baldness is a common problem for men, and every man does experience some amount of hair miniaturization in life that too grows with age. Androgenic alopecia is the cause of male pattern baldness wherein men lose hair following a certain pattern starting from the center or front of the scalp and limiting that gradually grows more decreasing in the density with hair miniaturization, hence called Male Pattern Baldness. Hair Miniaturisation in men can occur from at any age starting from as young as 18, and by age 50 maximum amount of men are likely to have some amount of baldness. The psychological impact about hair loss and baldness varies in men, while some men find it difficult to live with some are relatively reluctant about it.

Male Pattern Baldness

Hair loss in men is a typical condition of androgenic alopecia. This is a genetically transmitted inheritance that passes on generation per generation and nothing can really stop androgenic alopecia if an individual is genetically inherent of alopecia.

Male androgens form a special steroid called dihydrotestosterone that affects the hair typically in the center or the front of the head in some way that it leads to permanent shrinkage of the hair follicles to a dormant level and finally dying off causing permanent hair loss. And the hair at the rest of the scalp in the back and sides remains less affected, however, androgenic alopecia doesn’t really stop, it might however stabilize with age after claiming a certain pattern of hair density of course, usually leaving behind a varying amount of hair at the sides and back of the scalp.

Hair loss is not hair fall; it is when hair follicles are shrinking due as a reaction to the dihydrotestosterone that the growth of the hairs in the particular region start to recede causing hair miniaturization that means it loses its luster and thickness and eventually just stop growing anymore.

Stages of Male Pattern Baldness

Surgeons and specialists at H & S Hair Transplant Clinic London, follow the Norwood scale defining male hair loss in 7 definitive stages. The scale distinguished the two patterns in which hair loss occurs.

  • Anterior Pattern that starts from a receding hair line from the sides of the temples going its way back.
  • Vertex Pattern that starts from a receding hair line from the center or crown of the scalp expanding its way in a circular pattern.

Based on these two patterns 7 stages are classified in which the 1st stage is the neutral stage at which hair loss hasn’t yet been noticed, but with the emergence of stage 2 and a mature hair line, the 1st stage is marked. Wheather it’s a vertex or anterior pattern hair loss, eventually it leads to the conclusive 7th stage where a certain amount of hair is remaining at the back and sides of the scalp that much resembles the shape of a horseshoe. And if hair transplant surgery is opted, then it is this band of horseshoe shaped hair that serves as the only hope of actual donor hair.

Alopecia daignosis for men

Hair loss treatments at H & S Hair Transplant Clinic London include hair restoration surgery, or medication. At a consultation session with a hair restoration specialist, the diagnosis of hair is done at free of cost wherein the surgeon examines donor density with a gadget called hair densitometer. Androgenic alopecia or male pattern hair loss is easier to evaluate with its obvious patterns and direction of hair miniaturization.


Surgeons and specialists at H & S Hair Transplant Clinic advise younger patients to use medication for the early stages of medication. Medication would be vain for advanced stages of hair loss whereas, it can actually slow down the process in the initial stages. But the expected baldness will sooner or later occur. And a hair transplant surgery is ideal to be considered at a stabilised stage of hair loss.