Understanding the root of the hair loss problem is critical when deciding on a particular hair loss treatment for men. There are several kinds of hair loss, but the one that’s most common in men is called pattern hair loss.
Characterized by progressive thinning of hair from the forehead up to the back of the crown, pattern hair loss or androgenic alopecia, occurs because one is genetically predisposed to reject the hormonal activity in the scalp. Androgens are hormones that occur naturally, but with androgenic alopecia, your hair follicles become sensitive to them, and so begins the hair loss problem. Androgenic alopecia, therefore, is not a result of stress or of illness. And this type of hair loss is definitely not a side effect of radiation or chemotherapy.
Hair loss treatment for men with androgenic alopecia should start as soon as possible in order to prevent the progression of hair loss. As you know for as long as there is still hair growing, there is always the possibility of them thickening and eventually covering some balding areas. That is why when you know you are predisposed to male androgenic alopecia, seek immediate consultation at the first signs of baldness. Don’t wait at the last minute to act because when almost all the hair is gone, the only probable option left is to wear a toupee.
Your doctor will most likely put you in a hair loss treatment regimen that may include the use of topical and oral medications. FDA-approved Minoxidil and Finasteride are the drugs of choice when it comes to androgenic alopecia. Minoxidil is a topical solution that increases blood supply to the scalp, giving nourishment to the hair follicles. Finasteride, meanwhile, is an oral drug that stops the further progression of alopecia and promotes hair growth. There are other drugs, too, that are said to be helpful in preventing and treating hair loss problems in men, but they are not yet approved by the FDA. So to be safe, you might just focus on those approved by the FDA, and these are Minoxidil and Finasteride.
If the hair loss treatment regimen is unsuccessful, your doctor might suggest hair transplantation, a cosmetic procedure wherein a portion of the growing hair is removed and transplanted on the balding area. Scalp reduction is also an option to reverse hair loss. Scalp reduction is the process of surgically removing patches of scalp such that all the hair left appears to cover much of the balding area. Both processes can be very painful, though, and usually requires anesthesia or sedatives.
On the other hand, if you feel uncomfortable towards these cosmetic and surgical measures to stop hair loss, you might consider hair weaving, which is simply weaving hairpieces to your hair. The hairpieces could be made out of your own hair or from another’s. This can be a tiring process, however, since you will need to go back often to the facility where you had the hair weaving procedure performed.
Investing on toupees is also a wonderful idea. You can change your look anytime of the day and anywhere. Toupees made of human hair are much more expensive than those made of synthetic materials, but they give you a more natural look, so that makes them worth it.