Male pattern baldness is the most common type of non-scarring hair loss in men. It affects the superior portion of the scalp and results from a genetically determined sensitivity to androgens (the male hormone).
It is often referred to as simple baldness, male pattern alopecia, hereditary alopecia, male androgenic or androgenetic alopecia.
Other types of hair loss in men may be a result of an underlying medical condition or medication, among other reasons. Most of these cases may be a temporary, reversible condition once treated.
Hair transplantation offers a permanent solution with little risk involved. Even though it may be somewhat costly, it is a cost effective expenditure when fees are amortized over one's lifetime.
Other forms of hair replacement surgery (such as flaps or scalp reductions) are higher risk procedures, which may require general anesthesia, and are only indicated in certain pre-selected cases, and could be quite costly.
Other types of medical treatments offer a less than acceptable, temporary solution in certain areas of the scalp. Minoxidil (Rogaine), a topical solution which must be applied to the scalp for the rest of one's life; and Finasteride (Propecia), an oral medication approved by the FDA, with limited results and some side effects, are the two drugs in question. In either case, whatever little hair growth occurred will soon fall out once they are no longer used. They may be used in conjunction with hair transplantation.
What Should I Do Next?
Schedule an appointment with a hair loss specialist to evaluate your hair loss. This will require only 30 to 45 minutes of your time, depending on how many questions you may have.
During this private, confidential consultation you should meet with the doctor. He/she will review your medical history and examine your scalp to determine your potential success as a hair transplant candidate and rule out any underlying medical condition that may be responsible for your hair loss.
Once that has been determined, the doctor will recommend the extent of the grafts, and number of procedures necessary to attain density and coverage in the treated area.
Each step of the process should be explained in full detail, as well as other treatment options and the minor risks involved with the procedure.