Hair Thinning Above Left Temple, Is It MPB?

This started after I used a oil, doo gro. It made my scalp burn so I got Head and Shoulders to wash it off after 3 months not knowing the cause. I used a comb to really scub my head with the shampoo and ever since my hair above my left temple is really thin. The back of my head was thin but it returned and also above my mid hair line but its reovering. My left temple however is still really thin, hurts, and has a couple of scars. I'm a 20 year old male by the way so could it be MPB?

Doctor Answers 3

Hair Thinning Around Temple

If the hair does not return after six to eight months after the injury it is unlikely to return spontaneously.

Nashville Plastic Surgeon
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Left Temple Hair Loss - Male Pattern Baldness?

This does not sound like male pattern baldness. It sounds more like an allergic or irritant reaction. The result could be inflammation and even skin damage that is akin to a burn. Scalp inflammation can result in telogen effluvium or shock loss which can be temporary. This form of hair loss could be permanent if scarring occurs.

All this said, though, male pattern baldness is the leading cause of hair loss among men, and it can begin as early as 20 years of age. If you have a strong presence of male pattern baldness in your family history, it may be male pattern baldness initiated by a reaction to the oil or the friction of the comb you used to scrub. I suggest consulting your doctor or a hair loss specialist to figure out what's going on. 

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Hair thinning over your temples

Based on your question, it is nearly impossible to tell what is really going on with your hair. Your best bet is to have an in-person consultation at one of our local or regional offices.  At that time, we can discuss your medical and surgical options should this be male pattern hair loss.  If it is due to trauma, we can also take a look at what has happened and make recommendations based on the examination.  Good luck to you. 


Allan J. Parungao, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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