Quality of Life Issues in Male Pattern Hair Loss

    January 1998 in “Dermatology
    Jan Passchier
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    TLDR Male pattern hair loss negatively affects quality of life, but drug treatments can help.
    Male pattern hair loss, also known as androgenetic alopecia (AGA), can have a negative impact on a person's quality of life, including social disadvantage and discrimination in employment practices. Studies have confirmed the psychosocial difficulties experienced by men with AGA, showing that men with visible hair loss are generally seen as less attractive. Men with greater hair loss are more concerned about getting older, feel more noticeable to others, and are more unhappy about their hair appearance than men with less hair loss. However, effective drug treatments based on modifying androgen metabolism can help those affected by male pattern hair loss. The psychological impact of hair loss is often not addressed by general practitioners.
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