Male Pattern Baldness

Affects: Around 7.5 million men in the UK
Most Common Type: Androgenetic Alopecia


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male pattern baldness

Hair loss in Men

Suffering with hair loss can be a traumatic stage of any man’s life. Whether you’re genetically predisposed to male pattern baldness, or you’re dealing with the side effects of medical treatments, we, at Harley Street Hair Transplant Clinics, have developed this information page to help you understand your hair loss and what you can do to combat it. If you haven’t already, consult our main hair loss page to get a general understanding of baldness!

The truth is, whilst hair loss can affect men and women alike, it can often do so in very different ways. Often affecting different areas of the scalp and occurring as a result of different environmental factors, learning the differences between male and female baldness can be the first step taken to offer a permanent solution to your hair loss.

Why do we lose hair?

Before discussing why we lose hair, it is first important to understand the life cycle of a hair follicle. We all have about 100,000 hair follicles on our head at any one time and each follicle us at a different stage of growth. Each hair follicle will go through three stages of growth:

  • Hair Growth Phase: If you look at yourself in the mirror, most of your hair follicles on your head in this state right now. Your hair constantly grows as it performs a number of key roles: it insulates your body, removes substances like keratin from your body, and helps expel sexual signals to other people.
  • Hair Transition Phase: when your hair stops growing, it enters a brief period when it still remains in the hair follicle (a little structure in your outer layer of skin that houses your hair snugly within it.
  • Hair Resting Phase: During this phase, your hair will shed from the follicle, sometimes making room for a new hair to grow. Every day, we lose between 50 and 100 hairs from our head.

Generally speaking, hair loss occurs because more hair is lost from the scalp than can be replaced by new hair follicles. What is even more alarming is that at some point in their lives, 66% of all men will experience signs of male pattern baldness.

There are two factors that cause hair loss in men: genetic and environment. Genetic factors, usually labelled as hereditary hair loss is where losing hair runs in the family. Ever wondered why so many are suffering with a receding hairline at the family party? Well, its in the bloodline! Equally, it is not uncommon for men to suffer hair loss as a result of external factors. It may be the severe stress of modern life or something as simple as a reaction to some medication you’re on – balding can occur in a wide range of scenarios.

The good news is treating hair loss is easy! Whether it’s your scalp or beard, getting a hair transplant is the only long term solution that will put an end to that receding hairline. Book your free consultation today!

How can men spot signs of hair loss?

When it comes to spotting signs of hair loss, there are a number of different symptoms to watch out for. We’ve derived this list to help you determine what symptoms you may be suffering with:

  • Thinning Hair – if you notice that your hair is not as thick and full as usual, this may be a sign of hair loss!
  • Patchy Hair Loss – if you are beginning to notice bald spots in your hair, this could be indicative of alopecia areata.
  • Loosening of Hair Follicles – if you notice hairs on your pillow or the shower, this may be an indication that you are suffering with hair loss.
  • Itchy or Painful Scalp – if you are in a constant state of discomfort, this may be indicative of autoimmune condition, or even something as simple a scalp infection.

If you’re suffering with any of these symptoms, be sure to book yourself a free consultation with one of our doctors who is experienced in diagnosing and treating all forms of hair loss in men!

What are the main causes of hair loss in men?

Androgenetic Alopecia

When it comes to men, androgenetic alopecia is, by far and away, the most prevalent cause of hair loss. Sometimes called “male pattern hair loss”, this condition is characterised by a noticeable receding hairline and a gradual thinning of the hair on the top of your head.

Male pattern hair loss often leaves most patients with a healthy strip of hair on the back of their scalp. This is where surgeons find donor hairs for most hair transplant procedures! For more information on FUE, FUT, and PRP hair treatments, you can view our hair loss treatments page.

Alopecia areata

Another condition affecting men is alopecia areata. This is where a patient finds bald spots on their scalp or, in some cases, beard. Whilst there may be genetic factors predisposing some patients, current research suggests it is an autoimmune condition that can be caused by Type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, or rheumatoid arthritis. This is where the immune system attacks the cells in your own body.

External Stress

With the stresses of modern life, it can often be difficult to think about your hair. Whether it is due to a hair pulling disorder, or the experiencing of sudden hair loss as from a rough time at work, external stressors are a major cause for hair loss. In some cases, hair loss may only be temporary, so it may be wise to monitor your condition over a longer period of time before committing to one of our hair loss treatments.

What can men do to prevent hair loss?

Whilst hair loss is a condition that will inevitably cause baldness, there are plenty of measures you can take to help limit the extent of balding:

  • Avoid extremely hot showers – this can be a major cause of shock to your scalp, stripping your hair of natural oils.
  • Avoid using chemical hair products – many hair gels and waxes contain chemicals that can, in fact, damage your hair and scalp.
  • Avoid nutrient deficiencies – one cause of hair loss can be due to a lack of vitamin B12, zinc, and iron in their diet.
  • Reduce stress – one of the key things men can do to limit their hair loss is to limit the amount of stress in their lives. Whether it’s taking up yoga, or just finding five minutes in your day to breathe, controlling the amount of stress in your life can help slow the effects of hair loss.

What can men do to treat hair loss?

When it comes to treating your hair loss in the long term, nothing else compares to a hair transplant. Many patients come to us having already tried other treatments on the market, like chemical treatments and scalp micro pigmentation.

At Harley Street, we’re dedicated to treating all types of hair loss at a cost affordable to everyone. We have a selectable payment plans to aid in combatting hair loss for good. Currently, we offer:

What’s even better is that modern treatments also enable men to have more than just a hair transplant. If you’re worried about facial hair, Harley Street offers FUE treatment options for:

We understand the pressures placed on men to constantly look their best. Book your free consultation today, and commit to a hair transplant with us!

Want to read more about our hair loss treatments? Have a look at our treatment pages and pricing plans.

Patient Testimonials

Aside from achieving fantastic results, we believe that keeping in touch with our patients before, during and after their hair transplantation procedure is paramount – it helps to keep our patients feeling calm and in control. We’re always on hand to provide guidance, support and aftercare advice. Time and again, our patients tell us that this is what sets us apart from other clinics.

You can read our great reviews of FUE hair transplants over on Google and TrustPilot

Based on 26 reviews
John P Ronan
John P Ronan
Very few can deliver a professional service whilst ensuring that all clients receive first -class personalised treatment, turning what can be a daunting experience into something of relative ease. Both Kevin, Dr Karla, and their surgical team certainly did this (and then some!) Once my mind was made up to have hair loss treatment, I was keen to get my transplant done asap. Kevin exceeded all my expectations with this - it’s hard to believe that my journey from first consultation to surgery happened in the space of one month. Efficiency did not stop there - on the day of surgery, my transplant was completed in less than 6 hours, all the while ensuring that I was comfortable and pain-free. Security is the best word that comes to mind to describe Dr Karla’s care -you know you’re in experienced hands! Now I can look forward to the results over the next few months, with the added peace of mind that the Harley Street Clinic team are only a phone call or email away to address any concerns. They will be the first name I will recommend to anyone looking for effective hair loss treatment, and I hope to make use of their service again in the future should I need it.
anees haseem
anees haseem
Dr karla is an excellent Dr gives out great advice and is so friendly I have enjoyed meeting the team overall kind and friendly team 10/10
Spencer Aldridge
Spencer Aldridge
From my first contact with Kevin he has provided great customer service, responding quickly or questions, offering consultations and giving me time to make my decision (not a salesman like I have experienced before). He is extremely knowledgeable in this area and so far everything he has told me has been true! Dr Kalra is a fantastic doctor and he knows everything there is to know about hair loss, I trust him completely. The surgery went smoothly, some of the injections hurt at the start but after that it’s the sitting still for hours that is the hardest part. The nurses were also brilliant they were happy to talk to you if you initiated conversation but didn’t chew your ear off if you were quiet. It is 4 months since my surgery and the the hair in the top of my head is almost fully covered with a few thinner spots where I previously had no hair at all, it seems to be noticeably thickening up weekly so I think one more month and no one would ever know I used to be bald! The donor area was completely healed and unnoticeable after 4 weeks. The aftercare has also been great, I have followed the instructions and I am very happy with the results so far.
Matty B
Matty B
I got a hair transplant and PRP for my hair. Im 19 years old and it’s the best decision I made so far. Manchester hair transplant clinic have been amazing. They were brilliant at welcoming me into getting a hair transplant and amazing at doing the job right. I will defiantly be going to them later on in my life if/when another is needed due to my age. I would highly recommend their service to anyone interested 😊
Richard Morris
Richard Morris
So after years of thinking about having a hair transplant i finally phoned up Harley street hair transplant clinic and spoke to Kevin who was extremely helpful answering all my questions.The transplant was on the 29th Jan 2022 by Dr Kalra and his team who made me feel really relaxed and comfortable. They were all very professional and very friendly. The procedure went great, no pain at all and I was extremely happy with the results. I can’t thank Kevin, Dr Kalra and his team enough, even the after care was unbelievable, thanks again guys. Highly recommend, 5 star service all day long. Cheers Richie
I was quite scared before going into surgery, but Dr kalra reassured me the procedures were straight forward and easy going. And he was amazing and so were the team. Everyone was polite and professional and I will recommend this team to anybody else 🙂
Anthony Davies
Anthony Davies
Had my FUE hair transplant on Saturday 5th February 2022 for receding hair line and balding crown. I’ve been thinking about a hair transplant for the last 2 years, I’ve heard bad stories and good stories as you do when you look through the internet or watching YouTube videos. I spoke with Kevin in January, great with explaining everything and putting me at ease (as I naturally worry about anything and everything). I wanted the surgery done as soon as possible after speaking to Kevin as everything felt right. Kevin arranged this for me and before I knew it here I am after surgery thinking what was I ever worried about and why didn’t I get this done sooner, however, things happen for a reason and that reason I hadn’t had it done sooner was I hadn’t found the right place or team to do the transplant and I’m glad that happened as I found Harley street hair transplant. I would highly recommend Kevin - Dr Kalra and his team. Thank you all for giving me my confidence back and making me feel like a different person. I am 4 days into my recovery and feel great. If you are reading this review and are like me with worrying about everything then please stop worrying, you are in safe hands before, during and after the procedure with Kevin, Dr Kalra and his team, just go for it. Thank you all again 😁
Mark A
Mark A
Massive Thankyou to all the team . After months of indecision as to wether to have a hair transplant or not ,i finally made the decision to make that first call,im so glad i did,im so pleased i went with Dr Khalra and his team. I first spoke to Kevin he come across as a very honest and genuine guy who was certainly very knowledgable about all the procedure ,after speaking to him i decided that these were the people i wanted to go with. On the day of the procedure i was very nervous,but on meeting Dr Kalra and his team i was immediately put at ease ,he was very reassuring and such a lovely friendly guy as was his team,It was all very proffesionally done in a lovely clean and modern clinic in Bury. Throughout the day i felt i was in really good hands with Dr Khalra and his team Naz and Raz ( hope ive spelt it right). Im now 7weeks into my Fue hair transplant and looking forward to the coming months to see the results . Ive no hesitation in recommending Dr Khalra Kevin and the team ,they are definitely the right people to go to if you are considering having a procedure done . Again i cant thank you enough . Mark..
Rhys Jones
Rhys Jones
Great experience, Kevin walked me through every step of the process beforehand and helped with any questions I had along the way. Dr. Kalra and the team looked after me on the day which went great. Thanks guys for your help, amazing experience.


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