Male Pattern Baldness

Male pattern baldness, otherwise called androgenic alopecia, is a type of hair loss that results in baldness in men. This type of hair loss is said to be due to genetics or male sex hormones (androgens). Topical Minoxidine, oral Finasteride, or hair transplantation are the treatment options.

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How to treat inherited hair fall problem?

Query: Hi doctor,I am facing a hair fall issue for a long time. I am attaching my picture. Kindly suggest. It seems to be inherited from my father and maternal uncles.   Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your history and photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have lost a lot of hair. This condition is known as androgenetic alopecia. It runs in family. Androgenetic alopecia is a condition where males develop patterned baldness...  Read Full »

Does Finasteride taken for male pattern baldness cause any side effects?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 25 years old and have male pattern baldness. I have consulted a doctor and started taking a tablet that has Finasteride in it. I take a dose of 1 mg per day. I looked up on the internet and it has side effects such as the inability to keep an erection and loss of sexual interest. Doe...  Read Full »

Dr. Purushottam Sah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, Finasteride sometimes causes erectile dysfunction - erection problem. If it occurs, then it is treatable. In my personal experience, I have seen a few men whose erectile dysfunction has become difficult to treat. Now, it is up to you if you would like to take the...  Read Full »

Please suggest a treatment option for androgenetic alopecia.

Query: Hi doctor,I am 25 years old and I am suffering from a rapid receded hairline due to male pattern baldness genetically. My father has it. What is the best treatment option followed to reduce it? I care about it and it has affected my confidence. I do not know what to do. I wear my hair long on the to...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Yes, you have male pattern baldness called androgenetic alopecia (AGA). It is a common cause of hair loss in males and it occurs due to underlying genetic and hormonal components. AGA is a c...  Read Full »

Is it safe to use a low-level laser for male pattern baldness?

Query: Hello doctor, I consider using low-level lasers therapy devices such as Hairmax and iRestore. These devices have been declared safe unless skin conditions such as melanoma are present. How can such conditions be identified? I have some freckles (do not seem like moles). How can these be shielded fr...  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please attach the picture of the lesion for better understanding. Are there bald patches or spots? Is it male pattern baldness or freckles? Is it due to prolonged exposure to the sun? Do reply.  Read Full »

Will I get the same M-shaped hairline as my grandfather?

Query: Hi doctor, I imagined that I had the same hair genes as my grandfather, who was not bald at 54 (died at 56) but did have the M-shaped hairline yet still had a lot of hair at 54. What does it mean for me? Will I more or less follow the same route with his age and hair (provided that I had the same h...  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is male pattern hair loss or baldness. Do you have any receding hairline? Is there any thinning of hair? Do you have any family history of androgenic alopecia? I have attached the picture to assess scalp hair density and type of hair loss.  Read Full »

Are my reports all right after bariatric surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 25 year old male. I had gastric sleeve surgery around 1.5 years ago. I have lost around 55 kg till now and now, my weight is 68 kg. I have not followed the dietary recommendations and vitamin and calcium supplements prescribed by the doctor for quite a long time. Now, I am in poor...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Patodiya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to My first step is to congratulate you for a definite action towards your health as the bariatric surgery. Also, you have achieved a great weight reduction with it which needs appreciation too. I understand that you have not been following the diet and just accept the fa...  Read Full »

What are the causes of sudden hair loss?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having sudden hair loss, and it happened just in three months. In the beginning, I thought it was a normal hair fall, but day by day, it was getting worse, and now I can see my scalp.  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hello,Welcome to not worry; I will help you with your concern. See, the most common causes of hair fall in men are androgenetic alopecia and telogen effluvium.Such sudden hair loss can be due to telogen effluvium. I need to ask you a few questions to make a definitive diagnosis.Did yo...  Read Full »

Can I use Hair4U for hair loss?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25 year old male. I am suffering from hair loss for the past three to four years. I can see my hairline slowly receding from the forehead. I have been suggested Hair4U 10 % lotion and Biotin tablets. Do these drugs have any side effects on the body? Can I take Finasteride for h...  Read Full »

Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The treatment started by your doctor is fine. The only thing is that the treatment for hair loss has to be followed for a long time and you need to be regular with your follow up visits. Regarding side effects, both these medications (Hair4U and Biotin tablets) are pre...  Read Full »

Is Dutasteride an effective drug for hair loss?

Query: Hello doctor, Please take a look at the photos of my hair. What do you think could be causing my hair loss?  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do not worry. I will help you with your concern. I went through your photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and I guess these are dermoscopic photos. The most likely diagnosis of your thinning hair is male pattern hair loss, also known as androgene...  Read Full »

Are there any medicines to regrow hair?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from hair loss. Now I am 50% bald. Some of my friends have regained their hair. My baldness is hereditary. I am also an alcoholic. I need some effective medication for hair regrowth.  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query and do understand your concern. Is the hair lost from the temple and vertex of the scalp? Is it diffuse hair fall? As you have said it is genetic, I am assuming it is male pattern baldness. But, photographic evaluation of the extent and typ...  Read Full »

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