BALDNESS occurs when hair falls out and normal new hair does not grow in its place. ANDROGENIC ALOPECIA is hair loss that occurs due to an underlying susceptibility of hair follicles to androgenic miniaturization. It is the most common cause of hair loss and will affect up to 70% of men and 40% of women at some point in their lifetime.
MALE PATTERN BALDNESS: Male pattern baldness is mostly the result of a genetic event that causes dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a male hormone, to cause the hair follicles to atrophy. The hair produced is progressively smaller, until it is practically invisible.
FEMALE PATTERN BALDNESS: Female androgenic alopecia, also known as ‘female pattern hair loss,’ (FPHL) more often causes diffuse thinning without hairline recession. Approximately 30% of adult females experience hair loss.