I’m a 31-year-old male and have been losing hair since my mid-20s. Now the pattern of hair is similar to male pattern baldness. Please help.

Male pattern baldness – medically known as Androgenetic Alopecia - is a common condition. However I wonder whether you have arrived at this diagnosis by a Google search or if it was confirmed by a dermatologist. I would like to base my reply assuming that the above diagnosis has been made correctly.

Androgenetic alopecia is mostly seen affecting genetically predisposed men and women, though statistics show males are more common sufferers. In men, its onset is usually from early to mid-20s and the whole process and its pattern gets fully established by mid 30s. As such, your case looks a typical one. In women, the onset of Androgenetic Alopecia is seen in relatively slightly older age group than men.

The androgenic hormones commonly known as male hormones mainly testosterone play a vital role in precipitation of androgenetic alopecia through a scientifically complex mechanism. There are many conventional as well as modern treatment options available to manage androgenetic alopecia. However most of these treatments can only slow down the process of hair loss without offering a total cure or a complete reversal of the problem.

The localised injectable treatments, for example mesotherapy and platelet rich plasma (PRP) are amongst most popular ones. Their efficacy is individual specific.

Getting hair transplantation done is another option.

In your case, any suitable treatment advice can only be offered after a thorough clinical examination. Visit an experienced dermatologist who can treat you by a carefully selected treatment.

Dr Ikramullah Al Nasir is a Dubai-based dermatologist