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What is the appropriate management for male pattern hair loss?

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Published At February 13, 2024
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a young adult experiencing pattern hair loss and it is affecting my confidence. Can you provide insights into lifestyle changes, medications, or treatments that might help manage or reverse the progression of pattern hair loss in younger individuals? Additionally, are there any considerations or precautions I should be aware of when exploring treatment options for this condition? Kindly help.

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and understood your concern.

Firstly, I would like to inform you that patterned hair loss in males, also known as male pattern hair loss or androgenetic alopecia, requires an understanding of its causes and risk factors to help prevent it. The main causes of androgenetic alopecia include:

  1. Genetic susceptibility: The primary cause is a family history of hair loss, especially on the maternal side of the family. The likelihood of hair loss increases with genetic susceptibility.
  2. Hormonal fluctuations: Changes in testosterone levels in the body can lead to hair loss.
  3. Other factors: Stress, presence of dandruff, sleep irregularities, and the use of hair styling products can also contribute to hair loss. Additionally, certain medications, especially antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs, and underlying medical conditions can be causes.

The best treatment modalities for it include the following:

  1. Medications: Using supplements like biotin gummies and multivitamin tablets can help.
  2. Protein supplementation: Protein powder can increase protein levels in the body, promoting hair growth.
  3. Anti-hair fall products: Utilizing anti-hair fall serums and Minoxidil solutions can be effective. Anti-hair fall shampoo and cleanser are beneficial.
  4. Procedures: PRP (platelet-rich plasma) scalp treatment involves using platelets from one's own blood and injecting them back into the scalp. This is typically done once a month for six months.

I suggest you follow the below-mentioned lifestyle modifications:

  1. Stress management and sleep: Manage your stress levels and ensure proper sleep.
  2. Oil massage: Weekly scalp massages using a combination of coconut oil, castor oil, and vitamin E capsule oil can be beneficial.
  3. Dietary changes: Including proteins from sources like egg whites, sprouted moong dal, soya chunks, quinoa, and chicken breasts can enhance hair growth.
  4. Helmet usage: If wearing a helmet, cleaning the inside and exposing it to sunlight can help.
  5. Collagen-rich foods: Consuming foods like almonds, spinach, berries, nuts, chicken skins, and seafood, which are rich in collagen, can promote hair health.

Treatment options vary based on the severity of hair loss. Generally, PRP scalp treatments and the mentioned medications provide positive results across different grades of hair loss. Hair transplant procedures are necessary only in cases of extreme hair loss. When using Minoxidil solutions, I suggest you follow the correct application method. Start with five percent dosage, apply daily for two to three years at night in a 0.03 fluid ounce quantity, gradually reduce to once a week over the next two years, and avoid abruptly stopping usage.

I hope this has helped you.

Kindly follow up if you have more doubts.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty
Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

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