Male Hair Loss Treatment

Male pattern hair loss, medically known as androgenetic alopecia, is a prevalent condition that impacts a significant number of men, occurring gradually and leading to a thinning of hair on the scalp. It typically starts from the temples and crown of the head and, in certain cases, can result in partial or complete baldness. The primary cause of the condition is a combination of genetic and hormonal factors. More specifically, an individual's inherited sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is a hormone derived from testosterone, can result in hair follicles shrinking and ceasing to produce new hair. Male pattern hair loss is typically identified by analysing the extent and pattern of hair loss, along with the patient's medical and family history. At Access Doctor, we know how much this issue can impact your confidence, so we make it quick and easy to purchase male hair loss treatments. Simply complete a consultation online to discover your options.

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What causes male hair loss?

Male pattern baldness is caused by a combination of hormonal and genetic factors and it relates to an androgen hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Raised levels of DHT in hair follicles can result in a shorter growth cycle and cause hairs to be thinner and shorter. The follicles can also remain in the resting phase for longer time periods.


There are other causes of hair loss too, for example, illness, physical trauma, extreme stress or chemotherapy.

Can hair loss be reversed?

Hair loss caused by an illness, trauma, stress or medication will usually stop and the hair will regrow once you have recovered.


However, male pattern baldness does not reverse by itself in this way. Fortunately, there are effective treatments you can take that can help to slow the loss of hair and stimulate regrowth.


For example, finasteride is taken as a daily tablet and it has been shown to work for 90 per cent of men when used continuously, stopping hair loss and in some cases encouraging regrowth.


Check out our treatment options for male hair loss today at Access Doctor. Ordering men’s health treatments from us is quick, straightforward and discreet.

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Medical treatments have shown significant clinical results in reducing hair loss and even encouraging new growth. Finasteride the active ingredient in Propecia has been used to treat hair loss for numerous years and with great success. Topical products such as Minoxidil have also shown beneficial effects. To learn more about the treatment options available from AccessDoctor,  click on the products.

The progression of male pattern baldness

Androgenetic alopecia, also referred to as male pattern hair loss, is a prevalent condition that results in hair loss in a distinct pattern.


The following are the stages of male pattern hair loss.


1. The initial stage of male pattern hair loss involves a slight retreat of the hairline at the temples.

2. During the second stage, there is a noticeable recession of the hairline at the temples, forming an "M" shape.

3. In the third stage, there is further receding of the hairline and thinning of hair on the crown of the head.

4. At stage 4, there is noticeable recession of the hairline and further thinning of hair on the crown, resulting in the formation of a bald spot.

5. At stage 5, hair loss has advanced on the hairline and crown to the extent that only a narrow strip of hair remains in between.

6. At stage 6, the hair strip is absent, and only a band of hair remains around the sides and back of the head, shaped like a horseshoe.

7. The final stage of male pattern hair loss involves complete baldness on the top of the head, while hair remains on the sides and back.


It is important to acknowledge that male pattern hair loss may not affect all men in the same way, and the rate of progression may differ between individuals.

The symptoms of male pattern hair loss

The symptoms usually progress slowly and may include:


  1. Men experiencing male pattern hair loss, they may observe a gradual thinning of their hair, particularly at the crown of the head or temples.
  2. Male pattern hair loss often presents itself with a receding hairline, which may take the shape of an "M".
  3. Hair loss can result in bald patches, which may develop over time, particularly at the top of the scalp.
  4. As hair follicles decrease in size, the resulting hair may become finer and thinner, posing challenges for styling.
  5. Men who experience male pattern hair loss may notice an increase in hair shedding during grooming or washing.


Individuals with male pattern hair loss may not necessarily experience all associated symptoms and the severity of symptoms can vary. It is recommended to consult with a medical professional to identify the underlying cause and explore available treatment options if experiencing hair loss or thinning.

Causes and contributing factors of male pattern hair loss

Male pattern hair loss, scientifically referred to as androgenetic alopecia, is a prevalent affliction in men. It is brought about by a blend of genetic, hormonal, and environmental influences. The following are some of the primary causes and factors responsible for male pattern hair loss:


1. Male pattern hair loss is caused by genetics. It can be inherited from either parent's side of the family. The genes responsible for this type of hair loss affect the sensitivity of hair follicles to androgens, specifically DHT.


2. Male hormones called androgens contribute to male pattern hair loss. One of these hormones, DHT, is produced from testosterone and is thought to cause hair follicles to shrink and the hair growth cycle to shorten. As a result, the hair becomes finer and thinner over time.


3. Male pattern hair loss is a common occurrence in men as they age, due to the natural reduction in size of hair follicles and production of finer and shorter hair.


4. Male pattern hair loss may be influenced by medical conditions, including thyroid issues, autoimmune disorders, and scalp infections.


5. Certain medications may result in hair loss as a potential side effect, such as chemotherapy drugs, blood thinners, and steroids.


6. Male pattern hair loss may be influenced by lifestyle factors, including smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and stress.


Male pattern hair loss is a multifaceted condition that can be affected by several factors. Although there is no known cure for this condition, there are several treatment options available, including medications, hair transplant surgery, and scalp micropigmentation. It is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional or hair loss specialist to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your specific situation.


Male pattern hair loss is a genetic condition that causes hair thinning and balding in a specific pattern. The hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is the cause and there is no cure. However, there are treatment options available that vary in success and should be discussed with a healthcare professional. Managing male pattern hair loss can help improve self-esteem and quality of life.

Diagnosis and treatment of male pattern hair loss

Androgenetic alopecia, commonly known as male pattern hair loss, is a prevalent condition affecting numerous men. It involves a gradual hair thinning on the scalp in a distinct pattern, typically starting at the temples and crown and advancing towards the back of the head.


The diagnosis of male pattern hair loss is determined by evaluating the pattern of hair loss, medical history, and physical examination. Further testing, such as blood tests or scalp biopsy, may be necessary to eliminate other potential underlying conditions.

Various treatment options are accessible for male pattern hair loss, which include:

The FDA has approved two medications, finasteride and minoxidil, for treating male pattern hair loss.


Finasteride is a medication that inhibits the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the hormone responsible for hair follicles shrinking in male pattern hair loss. It is administered orally in tablet form.


Minoxidil is a topical solution that is applied to the scalp to increase blood flow to hair follicles and stimulate hair growth.


Hair transplant surgery is a procedure that entails removing small sections of skin from areas where hair is still growing, such as the sides or back of the scalp, and transplanting them to areas where hair is thinning or balding. This procedure is often recommended for men experiencing advanced hair loss.


Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) utilises a device that emits low-level laser light to the scalp, potentially promoting hair growth and enhancing hair follicle health.


Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a procedure where a concentrated solution of platelets from the patient's own blood is injected into the scalp. This treatment can enhance hair growth and promote hair follicle health.


Hairpieces or wigs are a potential solution for men who wish to cover up hair loss.

Individual response to treatments may differ, and it is advisable to seek guidance from a qualified healthcare provider to determine the most suitable treatment plan for you.

How to prevent hair loss

Though genetics is a crucial factor in predicting hair loss, incorporating lifestyle changes and prevention techniques can potentially mitigate or delay its onset.


1. A healthy diet that includes protein, iron, zinc, and other important nutrients is necessary for promoting healthy hair growth. Ensure to incorporate a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins into your diet.

2. Regular exercise can enhance blood circulation in the body, which is crucial for promoting healthy hair growth, including the scalp.

3. To prevent hair loss, it is recommended to refrain from smoking and consuming excessive amounts of alcohol. Smoking can decrease blood flow to the scalp and excessive alcohol consumption can cause dehydration and malnutrition.

4. Stress management techniques like meditation, deep breathing, or yoga can help prevent or alleviate hair loss caused by stress.

5. It is recommended to handle hair with care by avoiding harsh treatments like bleaching or excessive heat styling, as they can cause damage and potentially lead to hair loss.

6. When selecting hair products, it is advisable to opt for gentle options that won't cause harm to your hair or scalp. It's best to steer clear of products containing harsh chemicals or those that may clog your hair follicles.


If hair loss is a concern, seeking medical treatment from a doctor is recommended. Minoxidil and finasteride are two treatments that have been known to slow down or potentially reverse hair loss in some men.

Dealing with male pattern hair loss and searching for assistance

Male pattern hair loss can present difficulties for men, and seeking assistance can aid in managing the condition.


Consider the following suggestions:


Consulting with a healthcare professional can offer insights on available treatments and identify potential medical causes for hair loss.


Joining a support group can offer a community of individuals who comprehend your situation, providing emotional support and reducing isolation.


Counselling is a potential resource for managing the emotional effects of hair loss. A mental health expert can assist with addressing feelings of shame, embarrassment, or low self-esteem that may be linked to hair loss.


Exploring various hair styling options can assist in discovering a suitable appearance that provides ease.


Consult with a professional hairstylist regarding alternatives that can disguise areas of hair loss or develop a style that complements your thinning hair.


Engaging in self-care practices such as exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, and getting sufficient sleep can improve one's physical and emotional well-being.


Managing male pattern hair loss requires a gradual process that demands time and effort. It is important to maintain patience and seek resources and support to navigate through this experience.

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