Hereditary baldness is by far and away the leading cause of hair-loss in men. It’s not a rare condition by any means, and will affect roughly one in five men at some point in their lifetime. These days, the cosmetic effects of hereditary or male pattern baldness can be treated with success by hair transplants.
You might think that hereditary baldness is an easy condition to diagnose, however because practically all men will experience some receding of the hairline in the initial stages hereditary baldness can be missed. Of course hair-loss is not a serious condition, and its effects are purely cosmetic.
Typically, between the ages of 17 and 30 a man will experience some degree of hair-line recession. This is a transition from the juvenile to the mature hairline and is not necessarily a sign of further balding. On average, the hairline will recede about half an inch from the front and perhaps an inch or so around the temple areas.
When the hair begins to recede far beyond this point then this is a likely sign that hereditary balding is present. It is called male pattern baldness because it tends to follow a specific pattern receding from the front of the hair and thinning at the crown.
It’s important to note that hereditary baldness does not only affect men, and many women experience it too. Both men and women can be treated for the condition with a hair transplant UK.