What is it?

Androgenic alopecia, also known as male or female pattern baldness, is a common form of hair loss that affects both men and women. It is characterized by a progressive thinning of the hair in specific areas of the scalp, resulting in a receding hairline in men and a wider part or overall thinning in women.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Female pattern baldness
- Male pattern baldness

Signs & symptoms

- Gradual hair thinning on the top of the head, especially at the crown or temples.
- Receding hairline in men, often forming an "M" shape.
- Widening of the part in women.
- Thinning or sparse hair in affected areas.
- Hair loss that may progress over time, leading to complete baldness in some cases.


The diagnosis of androgenic alopecia is typically made based on a physical examination of the scalp and a detailed medical history. The doctor may examine the pattern of hair loss and ask about any family history of hair loss. In some cases, a scalp biopsy may be performed to rule out other potential causes of hair loss.


- Medications: The most common medications used to treat androgenic alopecia are minoxidil and finasteride. Minoxidil is available as a topical solution or foam that is applied directly to the scalp, and finasteride is an oral medication that works by reducing the production of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) that is responsible for hair follicle miniaturization.
- Hair transplant surgery: In severe cases, hair transplant surgery may be an option. This procedure involves taking hair follicles from the back or sides of the scalp (where hair is resistant to DHT) and transplanting them to the thinning or balding areas.
- Low-level laser therapy: This treatment involves using red light therapy devices or laser combs to stimulate hair growth.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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