Male Pattern Baldness

What is Male Pattern Baldness?

Male pattern baldness (also known as androgenetic alopecia) is the most common form of hair loss for men. About 85% of men will experience some amount of male pattern baldness in their life. The main culprit is genetics which cause the hair follicles on top of the head to be sensitive to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Over time, DHT causes the follicles to shrink and produce finer, weaker hairs, until eventually the follicles don't produce any visible hair at all.

The pattern typically begins with a receded hairline and eventually progresses to thinning of the crown and hair loss on the entire top of the head.

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What Causes Male Pattern Baldness?

Two of the most common causes of why hair loss occurs in men include genetics and male sex hormones, specifically androgens. These male hormones have several purposes, one of which includes helping to facilitate hair growth.

Each person's hair has a specific growth cycle. For men who start experiencing hair loss, it means they have a weakened growth cycle. And when hair has a weakened growth cycle, it leads to hair follicles that become smaller over time. This leads to men experiencing hair thinning and eventually having no hair on their head.

How is Male Pattern Baldness Diagnosed and How Does it Influence Hair Loss?

Male pattern baldness is diagnosed by recognizing its characteristic pattern of hair loss, which typically influences the hairline and crown. This condition is one of many hair disorders where genetics and hormones play significant roles.

Stages of Male Pattern Baldness

The Hamilton-Norwood scale is used by hair loss experts to classify different levels of hair loss. Stage 1 is the least severe, and stage 7 indicates total baldness on top of the head. A patient with Norwood 1 to 3 hair loss typically presents with mild to moderate hairline recession.

Norwood 4 to 5 patients have severe hair loss in the frontal zone, with significant thinning in the crown. Norwood 6 to 7 represents near-total or total hair loss on the entire top of the scalp.

There are also some less-common variations of male pattern baldness, such as diffuse thinning on the entire scalp without hairline recession, or hair loss in the crown with no receding hairline.

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Treatment For Male Pattern Hair Loss: Scalp Micropigmentation

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is a non-surgical procedure used to treat male-pattern baldness. It is a designed form of tattooing applied to your scalp that gives the appearance of hair follicles. SMP can effectively restore anyone to a full head of hair, regardless of the severity of their hair loss.

Unlike hair transplantation, which relies on a limited supply of donor hair grafts to cover the scalp, SMP can stimulate hair growth and is capable of creating unlimited levels of new hair density with instant results and no downtime.

At Zang SMP, we use organic, plant-based pigments that are deposited into the scalp. Because each pigment mimics the appearance of a hair follicle, the result is life-changing. Rather than having a bald head, SMP treatment gives you a cropped (buzzed) look. 

There’s no need to have surgery or a painful hair transplant. With SMP for men, your head of hair will look how you want. If you suffer from a bald head that you did not choose, we can help. SMP gives your head the hair you need to improve your image.

SMP is typically two to three treatments. Treatments number one and two are a week apart for male-pattern hair loss. If a third treatment is needed, that will take place anywhere from 1 to 3 months later.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • After your first SMP treatment, pigments will look bolder since they have just been freshly deposited.
  • Within 24 hours, you’ll notice the pigments will take a more settled appearance.
  • After 48 to 72 hours, any redness that occurred will disappear. 
  • Once the settling process is complete, your hair treatment will look completely natural.

Benefits of SMP for Male Pattern Baldness in Los Angeles:

  • You’ll Have Natural-Looking Hair: SMP enables you to have a completely natural hair appearance. You get to look healthy and great, rather than experiencing male pattern balding. Feel confident when you step out the door with SMP hair loss treatment.
  • Custom-Tailored Treatment: We recognize that each patient is unique. From the shape of your hairline to the specific blending of pigments, we custom-tailor each hair loss treatment to achieve a cropped, shaved head appearance for you.
  • Controlled Environment: Your health and safety is our priority. Our practitioners are experts in their field, making the SMP procedure for male pattern hair loss a safe and smooth process. We also provide a four-day aftercare plan that offers additional guidance for a safe recovery.
  • No Missed Time Off Work: Because SMP is non-surgical and non-invasive, you’re able to get back to your normal routine almost immediately. Most patients leave the same day of their treatment and go to work the following day.
  • Financial Assistance Provided: Concerned about covering costs? At Zang SMP we offer financial assistance for those who need help with hair loss treatment.
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