Male-pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) is the most common type of hair loss. As well as affecting men, it can sometimes affect women (female-pattern baldness). It can be particularly difficult for both men and women to cope with.
Male-pattern baldness follows a pattern of a receding hairline, followed by thinning of the hair on the crown and temples. During female-pattern baldness, hair usually only thins on top of the head. Male-pattern baldness is a condition that runs in families, but it is not clear if this is the case with female-pattern baldness.
Currently there are two medicines that help - finasteride (trade name Propecia®) and minoxidil (trade name Regaine®).
Finasteride works by blocking the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone. The hair follicles are then not affected by this hormone and can enlarge back to normal.
Minoxidil lotion is a topical rub-on treatment.
If you are suffering from male pattern baldness and would like to consult the doctor for a treatment that suits you, please contact us.