Hair Loss in Men
A thick bundle of hair on a man’s head can earn him many bragging rights - youth, virility, strength and self-confidence. However not every man is fortunate enough to maintain a youthful appearance with hair loss.
The process of hair loss can start in a man’s life as early as in his twenties. As for the men who have excess hair loss, they have a clear indication of that well before they are out of their twenties.
The good news is that even with severe cases of male hair loss, treatments and hair transplant surgery have become a safe and effective solution to male pattern baldness - and several hair loss conditions.
Hair loss specialists categorise male hair loss conditions using Dr. O’tar Norwood, the most widely used classification for hair loss in men. Dr. O’tar Norwood hair loss severity classification illustrates two major patterns and several less common types.
What are the causes of hair loss in men?
Hormones - abnormal levels of androgens (male hormones).
Genes - hereditary factors play significant role in male hair loss conditions. Genes, from both sides of parents’ family, may influence an individual’s predisposition to male pattern baldness.
Lifestyle - stress, trauma, or other lifestyle changes can also cause temporary hair loss.
Medication - drugs, including chemotherapy drugs used in cancer treatment, blood thinners, beta-adrenergic blockers to manage blood pressure can contribute to temporary hair loss.
Cosmetic grooming products - such as shampooing too often, dyeing hair often, bleaching can cause overall hair thinning by making hair weak and brittle.
How to get head hair back?
Science has come a long way to be where it is at today in the treatment of men’s hair loss. With the advent of 5-alpha-reductace inhibitors such as Propecia and the innovation of hair transplants, living with noticeable hair loss in no longer your fate.
Today, it’s possible to stop or slow the progression of hair loss and to replace lost hair through a safe hair restoration procedure with permanent and completely natural results.
Not all hair loss patients make good candidates for hair transplant surgery; some patients’ hair loss condition are just transient and require only a non-surgical hair restoration treatment. If your hair transplant doctor decides it is too early for a hair transplant procedure, the following are clinically-proven treatments designed to correct hair loss conditions to varying degrees.
Your best bet for choosing the safest non-surgical hair loss medication is FDA approval for use in treating hair loss. FDA approval indicates that the product has been rigorously put to test for effectiveness and safety.
When it comes to non-surgical hair loss treatments, there are just two products that have been approved for slowing hair loss progression and promoting hair regrowth:
Minixidil - a topical agent available over-the-counter. Minoxidil should be applied as 1 ml of solution to dry hair and scalp once in the morning and again in the evening. It should be spread evenly over the hair loss areas. It must be used at least twice daily and for at least four months to notice results. Minoxidil works less effectively in patients that are older, and are experiencing larger areas of baldness.
Finasteride - this is a prescription-only drug that has been approved by the FDA to treat hair loss and thinning hair. Finasteride can be take by mouth.
If any of these treatments proved to be ineffective, luckily hair transplant is a viable and tried-and-tested option to treat hair loss once and for all.