Is There A Solution To Male Pattern Baldness?
Many men develop male pattern baldness, also called androgenetic alopecia (AGA), as they age. This is the most common type of hair loss for men, caused by a genetic sensitivity to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which can cause hair follicles to shrink – shortening their lifespan and eventually causing them to stop growing new hair altogether.
Androgenetic alopecia affects more than half of the entire male population over age 50, and nearly 50% of all women over age 65. It is not restricted to older adults, though, it frequently also affects younger adults as well. Signs and symptoms of this type of baldness include a receding hairline and hair loss on the crown of the head.
There is no real cure for pattern baldness, but there are a number of different treatment options available, depending on the extent and cause of hair loss.
Non-Surgical Hair Loss Treatment Options:
Some people are not comfortable with or are not eligible for surgery, makes non-surgical procedures a better choice. There are a wide variety of these types of procedures to choose from:
Topical solutions like Propecia or Rogaine are commonly used to slow down hair loss and helping to regrow some hair. However, in order for these treatments to be successful, you have to be at a mild to moderate stage of hair loss.
Other products like Dr. Yates’ Keratin Protein Hair Fibers work to camouflage thinning hair, stimulating hair growth, making existing hair appear fuller, and guarding against further hair loss.
Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is a treatment that involves the use of lasers to stimulate hair follicles with cool laser light. This treatment has been shown to improve follicle health, function, and vitality.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is a treatment during which a patient’s blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets, which are then activated and injected back into the scalp at the level of the hair follicles.
Scalp Micropigmentation is a tattoo-like treatment during which a hair loss physician places pigment on the scalp to create the appearance of real hair follicles. This procedure can be used to supplement other procedures by recreating hairlines, adding the appearance of density to thinning areas, and covering unsightly scars.
Surgical Hair Loss Treatment:
Since male pattern baldness is genetic, there is really no way to prevent it. Without taking surgical measures, you can slow down the extent of the hair loss, but it cannot be reversed. If your hair loss is in an advanced stage, the only permanent solution would be to undergo hair restoration surgery.
The most effective method of hair restoration surgery is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). For this procedure, follicular units are individually harvested from the donor site. The Physician has several instruments to choose from and will make that decision based on the patient’s individual circumstances with achieving optimal results in mind.
With FUE, the physician has the ability to choose only the most viable follicles for extraction, so they can avoid making a painful cut and transplanting entire strips of hair. This procedure eliminates the need for stitches and the risk of scarring.
In order to be a candidate for this treatment, you will need to have a sufficient amount of healthy hair in a donor area. Surgical hair restoration procedures can be costly, but they are incredibly effective and equally as important – permanent.