What is male pattern baldness?
Male pattern baldness refers to androgenetic alopecia (AGA). It is the most common type of hair loss. In men, it usually follows a typical pattern of a receding frontal hairline and hair thinning on the crown.
What causes Androgenetic hair loss?
A combination of hormones and heredity (genetics) causes the condition. An enzyme called 5 alpha-reductase converts testosterone to DHT (dihydrotestosterone). DHT signals hair follicles to miniaturize over time, and eventually stop growing completely. Androgenetic hair loss typically progresses if not halted by any treatment program to block the formation of DHT from attacking hair follicles.
How do we effectively treat male pattern hair loss?
The Orentreich Medical Group has been treating androgenetic alopecia for over 50 years. We begin treatment with an in-depth consultation, including a physical examination of your hair loss and possible testing to determine an accurate diagnosis. We offer a variety of treatments, including:
- Oral medications: Anti-androgen medications, such as Finasteride, Dutasteride and Spironolactone are frequently used successfully to treat AGA.
- Topical preparations: We custom compound topical hair drops using a combination of several medications proven to treat AGA.
- Scalp injections: Anti-androgen medications are injected locally into the scalp to halt hair thinning and promote growth.
Hair Transplant Surgery:
A surgical procedure first performed by Dr. Norman Orentreich in 1952, during which hair follicles are taken from an unaffected area (the donor site) and re-planted in an area of thinning hair (the recipient site). After surgery, the donor hairs grow as they would in their original site, resulting in the appearance of a fuller head of hair.
What can I expect?
Hair loss varies greatly between individuals, and treatment results will depend on a variety of factors, making outcomes impossible to predict. A personalized treatment plan will be developed for you, which is likely to stop the progression of your hair loss. Your treatment plan will be evaluated regularly to maintain desired results.
Have a question about your treatment?
We have a dedicated triage nurse (RN) who answers patient questions during office hours. If you have a problem or question about a procedure or a prescribed medication, please call our office and ask to speak to our nurse. If she is unable to answer your question, she will consult with your practitioner and return your call.