Male Pattern Baldness
Male pattern baldness is one of the most common reasons for hair loss among men. Recent advances now give men more options than ever when it comes to restoring their hair. Montclair, NJ residents, suffering from male pattern baldness turn to New Jersey Plastic Surgery®, serving patients from Bloomfield, Essex County, Morristown and the surrounding communities.
What is Male Pattern Baldness?
Sometimes referred to as androgenic alopecia, male pattern baldness affects over half of all men age 50 and older. It is, therefore, the most common form of hair loss among men. Male pattern baldness occurs whenever the hair’s growth cycle diminishes, and the follicles in the scalp begin to shrink. This causes the body to produce hair that gradually becomes shorter and thinner as time goes on until finally no new hair is produced at all.
The first indication is hair loss at the temples or forehead. Many men will also notice their hairlines receding to form a letter “M” shape in front.
Risk Factors for Male Pattern Baldness
The biggest risk factor for male pattern baldness is heredity. Men who have other male family members with this condition are more likely than others to contract it. The risk is even greater when those family members are maternal uncles, cousins or grandfathers.
This condition is also more likely to become noticeable as a man ages. While a good number of men will begin experiencing baldness as early as their teenage years, it tends to become more prominent once a man reaches age 40 or beyond. Stress may accelerate hair loss as well.
Treating Male Pattern Baldness
In its early stages, topical ointments, hair vitamins or even laser treatment may be effective. As the condition advances, hair transplant procedures, such as NeoGraftTM or SmartGraft® could be needed to replace hair follicles that are no longer producing strands with healthy hair follicles.
Preparing for Your Male Pattern Baldness Treatment
It’s important to think about what your goals are before you undergo treatment. Medical tests could also be needed to rule out certain health conditions as the underlying cause.
Types of Anesthesia
Most hair transplant procedures are performed using only a topical anesthetic that is applied to the scalp or a local anesthetic that is injected into the area being worked on. Many procedures can be performed without the use of any anesthesia whatsoever.
How Much Does Male Pattern Baldness Treatment Cost?
Each patient requires a different treatment program for male pattern baldness, which is why it is not possible to provide you with a cost up front. During your consultation Dr. DiBernardo will assess the amount of hair loss you have and then tailor a treatment program especially for you. At that time, he will be better able to provide you with an accurate cost. For your convenience, we accept cash, check, Visa®, Master®Card, American Express® and Discover®. Financing options are also available via CareCredit® and AlphaeonTM.
After Your Male Pattern Baldness Surgery
Depending on the procedure you have, there may be restrictions on:
- Styling and caring for your hair
- The type of shampoo or styling products you may use
- Getting your hair wet for a few days afterwards
- Performing certain physical activities
Getting Back to Normal Following Male Pattern Baldness Surgery
You will gradually notice new hair growing in areas where balding had previously occurred. Since it is your own natural hair, the results will appear very natural and much like the hair you once enjoyed.
If you’ve noticed male pattern baldness, you are not alone. Residents of Bloomfield, Essex County, and Morristown should contact New Jersey Plastic Surgery® in Montclair, NJ to schedule a consultation and learn the different treatment options that are available for male pattern baldness.