Are you one of the 50 million men suffering from male pattern baldness? Male pattern baldness is also called androgenic alopecia scientifically. Do you want to stop it? Well the answer would surely be yes. Male pattern baldness usually begins at the temples of the head forming M shape. With time it could also lead to complete baldness by shedding of all the hair on top and sides of the rear head too. This could lead to awkwardness to a few men, who don’t prefer to look bald. How does one solve it?
Let’s take a look at some hair baldness treatment choices available.
1. Understand how male pattern baldness works.
Androgenic alopecia can be linked to androgen (male sex hormones) but its exact reason is not known.
· It could also be a genetic issue; dihydro testosterone(DHT) the main androgen is supposedly associated with baldness.
· Higher level of DHT in hair follicles can reduce growth cycle of the hair and delay growth of new hair.
· The hair follicles block the growth of new hair with time, though the follicles stay active, signifying that there could be growth of new hair.
2. Try Minoxidil (Rogaine).
· It is a current treatment option to treat baldness. Its mixture is applied on to the scalp which aids the hair follicles to grow.
· Medication cannot guarantee hair loss prevention but minoxidil delays hair loss and some men feel the growth of new hair.
· Minoxidil’s worst side effects are itching, skin rash, acne, swelling, burning and soreness.
· Excess dosage can cause hazardous effects like blurry vision, chest pain, dizziness, fainting and uneven heartbeat.
3. Enquire with the doctor if you should take finasteride.
· Finasteride is an oral pill similar and more operative than minoxidil. It is marketed under Propecia and Proscar. It works by binding to the enzyme that converts free testosterone to DHT.
· It delays hair loss till consumed, but if discontinued then hair loss returns in a year.
· Its side effects can be chills, cold sweats, confusion, fainting, hives, legs swelling, arms and face, weight gain and tingling.
4. Getting a hair transplant.
A hair transplant process can be defined as moving tiny patches of hair of the scalp to the balding area. These can be done in various sittings and different timelines; results are praiseworthy and sincerely worth a try!
The process of treatment:
· Prior to the sitting, the scalp is numbed with local anesthesia.
· Small sections of hair are removed from the donor area and the rest is stitched together. Then, small hair sections are neatly separated out from the donor area and inserted into the bald area.
· Many numbers of hairs can be transplanted in one sitting, almost a thousand strand of hair.
· Hair transplants could possible cause blemishing and bleeding, and also a chance of risk in infection.