The most common cause of hair loss in men is androgenetic alopecia, also referred to as "male pattern" or "common" baldness. It is caused by the effects of the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) on hair follicles. The effect is that the growth phase of the follicle lifecyle becomes shortened, and the resting phase becomes longer. The follicles shrink so that the hair becomes thinner and eventually unable to grow at all. This is known as follicular miniaturization.. With prolonged exposure to DHT, the genetically susceptible follicles eventually disappear leaving a bald scalp.
The Norwood classification is the most widely used classification for hair loss in men. The accompanying graphic demonstates the most common patterns of hair loss in stages. It also helps inform hair restoration specialists on the potential success of hair transplantation and number of grafts that maybe needed.
The diagnosis of androgenetic alopecia in men is generally straightforward. It is made by observing a "patterned" distribution of hair loss and confirmed by observing the presence of miniaturized hair in the areas of thinning.
Men’s hair loss can be effectively treated in two primary ways: non-surigal medical treatments and surgical hair restoration. Medical treatments include prescription medications, laser-light therapy and supplements. Our board-certified hair transplant specialists also offer the latest advances in Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and NeoGraft.
Princeton Hair Restoration provides a state-of-the-art hair restoration treatments utilizing the latest technological advances for patients.
If you have concerns about your hair loss, it is always best to be examined by a board certified hair loss specialist. You can set up an in-person physician consultation. If you cannot visit one of our New Jersey locations for an in-person consult, you may submit an online consultation.