This is the medical term given to hair loss which runs in families, and is on the other side of the spectrum to excessive hair growth that may require laser hair removal. It is genetic in origin and tends to occur when a man reaches his late twenties although it can start earlier than that; male pattern baldness tends to be permanent.
Tattoos are unlikely to cause hair loss but can cause scarring, and so treatment like tattoo removal is unnecessary. Also, if you are at an age where hair loss is only just beginning due to ageing then you may also need to be concerned about infertility; this is why it is recommended that you have children when in your twenties or thereabouts.
The medical term for this condition is androgenetic alopecia and it is the most common form of hair loss in men. This type of hair loss follows a consistent pattern in that it starts with hair thinning or loss at the front (hairline) or temples and proceeds to the back of the head. It doesn’t result in a complete loss of hair on the top of the head: a bald patch will appear on the top of the scalp with any remaining hair adopting a ‘horseshoe pattern’ around the head. On average it takes around 15 to 20 years or so to go bald although some men go bald earlier than this.
Most men have some form of baldness by the time they reach their sixties.