As the most common cause of hair loss in men, male pattern baldness aka androgenetic alopecia is a condition that few escape. It starts with thinning at the temples and develops with a receding hairline and shedding from the crown. Those affected end up bald on top with some hair at the sides and back. This type of hair loss can be particularly upsetting and men experiencing it often ask “Is male pattern baldness reversible?”
Is Androgenetic Alopecia Permanent?
Hair that is lost to androgenetic alopecia is considered permanent and it will not grow back by itself. However, there are a number of solutions that can help to stop this type of hair loss and stimulate hair regrowth.
Reversing Hair Loss
- Minoxidil is a topical medication that increases the time that hair stays in the anagen period of its growth cycle. Applying it to the scalp daily has been shown to stimulate rapid hair growth in many patients.
- Saw palmetto is a natural plant extract with effects similar to those of finasteride and can be taken as a dietary supplement. It’s included in Vinci Hair Clinic’s Vitruvian Line along with an array of other hair growth supporting botanicals, vitamins and minerals.
- PRP Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is the injection of the hair loss sufferer’s growth-factors (extracted from their own blood) into the scalp to improve hair growth. It’s a relatively new hair restoration treatment that has been used for many years in other medical fields.
Hair Transplants for Male Pattern Baldness
Medications and other hair loss therapies can be very effective, especially in treating male pattern balding at its earlier stages. However, other approaches to treatment may be necessary if the hair follicles are dormant and haven’t produced growth for a long time or the hair loss has progressed significantly. For men with advanced androgenetic alopecia, hair transplants offer a permanent and great-looking solution. FUT and FUE hair transplants are also an increasingly popular choice for younger men who want to prevent their hair loss from progressing.