The male pattern baldness (MPB)
form of androgenetic alopecia (there is also a
female pattern baldness) accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men. By age 35,
two-thirds of American men will have some degree of appreciable hair loss and
by age 50 approximately 85% of men have significantly thinning hair. About 25%
of men who suffer from male pattern baldness begin the painful process before
they reach 21.
Contrary to societal belief, most men who suffer from male pattern baldness
are extremely unhappy with their situation and would do anything to change it.
Hair loss affects every aspect of their life. It affects interpersonal relationships as well as their
professional life. It is not uncommon for men to change their career paths
because of hair loss.
By age 30, half of men start to lose the thick mop of hair they had as a teen and throughout their 20s. The hairline begins a steady backward march, and more of the scalp shows through on the top of the head.
Your genes largely determine whether you'll be one of these men. But Adam Penstein, MD, chief dermatologist at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in Lake Success, N.Y., says your genes don't necessarily get the final word. You can save what you've got and (at least in some cases)...
The American Hair Loss Association recognizes how devastating male pattern
baldness can be for men of all ages and has created resources for men to get
completely objective answers to their hair loss questions.
We strongly advise against researching your options through the Yellow Pages
or commercial websites. Hundreds of products and services are sold to the
vulnerable hair loss consumer, but currently only two FDA-approved products
have been clinically proven to stop or prevent hair loss. Also, there are only
a handful of surgeons performing surgical hair restoration to state-of-the-art