July 31 2014, 2:34 pm PT | Posted in: Hair Loss Causes
About two years ago I noticed thinning at the front of my scalp and corners, now I still have thin hair at the front but what really bothers me is that there are two dime sized patches of hair that is not completely bald but much much thinner. will this progress? and should I expect more thinning in the future?
I often get these questions emailed to me. Actually I get these questions asked alot! I just want to make it clear that I am not a fortune teller nor can I diagnosis hair loss over the Internet. If your hair loss bothers you, see a doctor. You can always search the Internet but you’ll end up with mixed messages or information. I can tell you in general the most common cause of men’s hair loss is genetic and it is known as male pattern balding (MPB). If you have MPB and would like to do something about it, there are medications (Rogaine or Propecia) and hair transplant surgery. There is also Scalp Micropigmentation (see scalpmicropigment.com). When people describe circular dime sized or quarter sized bald patches, it makes me think of alopecia areata (AA), an autoimmune disease that requires a doctor to make the diagnosis. There is no cure for AA, it has a different cause than male pattern balding and if hair is transplanted in to these ‘dime sized areas’ it will not grow unlike male pattern balding where good results from a transplant can be expected.