What causes male patterned baldness?

Scalp Micropigmentation - SMP treatment performed for male pattern baldness

Male pattern baldness is the term for natural hair loss that is experienced by men. Scalp Micropigmentation can treat male pattern baldness by camouflaging it.

The majority of men will suffer with male pattern baldness at some point in their adult lives. Some individuals have a minor recession of hairline while others have almost total hair loss on the head.

So what causes male pattern baldness?
Hair is produced by the body within hair follicles. Hair follicles are like tiny pouches that are just under the skin surface. A hair typically grows from each follicle for three years before it sheds and a new hair grows from the follicle. This cycle continues throughout life. Typically for men that are experiencing male pattern baldness affected hair follicles on the scalp gradually become smaller than normal. The follicle shrinks and each new hair is thinner then previous ones. As hair falls out each new hair takes longer to grow causing baldness.

Male hormones are also involved in causing these changes. Over time, changes in the body cause the conversion of standard male testosterone into another hormone called dihydrotestosterone. Hair follicles are sensitive to dihydrotestosterone which causes the hair follicles to shrink.

Genetics typically play a factor into determining the frequency of baldness on an individual. The hereditary factor is slightly more dominant on the woman’s side, but research does suggest that men who have a bald father are more likely to develop male pattern baldness than those who do not.

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