[Posted on September 18th, 2013 by Dr. Carlos Puig]
Hair loss treatment for men has evolved over the years, from artificial looking hairpieces and greasy sprays to procedures that will restore your natural tresses. Hair loss is a condition that affects millions of men each year. This condition of thinning and balding hair can affect your self esteem, confidence and career. While many people simply suffer through the effects of male pattern baldness and thinning hair, there are treatments available that will allow you to enjoy a full head of thick, natural hair.
What Causes Male Pattern Baldness?
Over 95 percent of male baldness is caused by a condition called androgenic alopecia, or male pattern baldness. Male pattern baldness caused, in large part, by genes that make some men predisposed to hair loss. Coupled with male hormones, these genes make it almost guaranteed that some men will suffer from hair thinning and loss. Hair loss occurs when the hair follicle starts to shrink over time. The affected hairs become thinner and finer until the follicle eventually stops producing hairs. In the beginning, hair begins to recede from the hairline and the crown. Eventually the thinning and baldness spreads, creating a horseshoe pattern where hair only grows on the sides of the head. This pattern increases with age and has been known to affect nearly 40 million men in the United States alone.
Hair Loss Treatment for Men
There are several ways to treat hair loss in men. Dermatologists often prescribe topical treatments that stimulate the follicle and encourage hair growth. These ointments and creams are best for thinning hair, but are less effective is the area is already balding. Many men undergo hair transplantation to enjoy healthy natural hair. Best for areas of permanent baldness, hair transplants allow you to enjoy hair that is growing naturally from your scalp. These transplants are a one-time, outpatient procedure and don’t involve hair extensions, artificial hairpieces or sprays. Hair loss treatment for men not only restores your hair and treats baldness; it allows you to enjoy a more youthful appearance.
How Hair Transplants Work
Hairs growing from the back of the head are typically resistant to balding. Hair transplantation works by removing those healthy hairs from the back of the scalp and relocating them to the balding area. Implanted hairs grow naturally for life. You can cut and style this hair as normal.
Follicular unit extraction is the most commonly performed hair transplantation procedure. During this procedure, the surgeon will extract follicles from the healthy area of the scalp and implant them, individually, into the affected area. This procedure is performed in the surgeon’s office on an outpatient basis. The procedure takes several hours to complete under local anesthesia. Most patients report little to no discomfort during the procedure and only slight soreness during the recovery period.
Hair transplantation is a life-changing decision. Instead of living with the effects of male pattern baldness, men are taking charge of their appearances and opting for hair transplants. With new advances in hair loss treatment for men, every man can enjoy thick, healthy tresses for life.