Receding Hairline in Men: Causes & Treatments

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Updated On - July 10, 2020 Chaitra K R
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Hairfall in men results in receding hairline and bald spots, while hair fall in women results in hair thinning. For men, hair loss starts to thin just above the forehead, and thus the hairline recedes. This type of male-pattern baldness is directly affected by your age, but there can also be other causes that trigger your hair fall, irrespective of your age. 

If you want to prevent or slow down going bald at a young age, you need to identify and rectify the cause of your hair fall!

Causes of Receding Hairline in Men

Some of the common reasons for hair loss that leads to receding hairline are:

✔ Hormonal Disturbance

Fluctuations in the Hormones can trigger hair loss in both men and women. When a hormone called DHT is out of balance,  it causes your hair follicles to shrink to the point that no hair can grow in them anymore.

✔ Hereditary

Your family history plays an important role in receding hairline. You are likely to follow a similar hairline pattern as your previous generations.

✔ Medical Treatments

Some medical treatments may also cause hair loss and receding hairline in men.

✔ Mental & Emotional Stress

Stress many times leads to sudden hair loss. If you’re experiencing an unexpected shedding — where you’re losing much more hair than usual in a short period, it might be because of the recent stress. Luckily, this hair loss often reverses itself without any treatment just by reducing stress.

✔ Bad Lifestyle 

There is a strong link between your lifestyle choices and your hair. 

For eg, smoking may cause hair loss faster than people who do not smoke. People who do not get enough protein in their diets may lose more hair than people who eat enough protein.

Receding hairlines can also be symptoms of:

  1. Cancers, 
  2. Infectious diseases, 
  3. Autoimmune disorders, 
  4. Eating disorders, 
  5. Mental health issues like anxiety & depression, 
  6. Thyroid disorders, 
  7. Medications, 
  8. and the use of steroids. 

If you’re experiencing any type of hair loss which isn’t stopping no matter what you do, seek a doctor as soon as possible. Hairfall and receding hairline can be held off if detected early and treated right.


Get the right treatment and guidance for your receding hairline from the Best Dermatologists

Treatments for Receding Hairline

The right treatment for your hair loss depends on the cause of the hair loss itself. Treatment for hair loss will always begin with an analysis to diagnose the cause.

For example, hair loss caused by the overuse of hair styling products like hair curlers or straighteners, allergies to chemical treatments, or aggressive hair pulling can usually be reversed by stopping its usage.

When you consult a doctor for your receding hairline problems, here’s the treatment possibilities the doctor would suggest:


  • Medications and topical treatments

Works when hair loss symptoms are minimal
In general, most medications for hair loss are proven to combat hair miniaturization, not baldness–which is why early treatment is critical to the process.


  • Hair transplant surgeries

For hair that is already bald or balding, this is the best option for restoring hair growth.


  • Minimally-invasive treatments to surgical procedures. 

Strip Harvesting:
Here the strip of hair that is harvested from the back of the head is divided into individual follicles which are then transplanted to the front of the scalp.

This method removes individual hair follicles and implants them into the thinning sections of your scalp.

Neograft is a semi-automated hair transplant system that works in conjunction with the FUE method to harvest hair follicles for transplantation.

Forehead Reduction:
This adjusts the location of the hairline by moving the hair follicles where hair grows lower down on the forehead. 

  • Non-Surgical Treatment

✔ It is an FDA-approved treatment for male-pattern hair loss and receding hairlines.
✔ It is proven to increase the thickness and rate of growth of the hair, although it is not generally known for increasing hair follicle counts or new hair.
✔ The medication comes in 1mg pills taken daily, and results are usually seen after three months.

Dutasteride works as an antiandrogen and 5α-reductase inhibitor used to treat male-pattern baldness in men.


This is one of the most popular treatments for hair loss in both men and women and is available as an over-the-counter product in various presentations and strengths.
Rogaine® primarily works to thicken hair follicles, with a slight or possible increase in hair count.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a process that involves the collection of the patient’s blood, spinning it down into a high-platelet concentrate of plasma, which is then injected back into the candidate’s scalp.

PRP + Nanofat Injections:
Here the purified fat is combined with PRP and injected into the scalp, which enhances the hair follicles and results in healthier, stronger, thicker, and additional hair growth.

PRP + Acell Injections:
ACell matrix is combined with PRP and injected into the scalp to combat hair loss. This therapy is useful for repairing damaged hair follicles in thinning hair and can stimulate new hair growth.

To find out which one will work the best for you and your receding hairline, consult with a doctor.

Get a dedicated treatment plan for a  faster and successful hair regrowth process.

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