Male pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia, is a common hair loss condition in many men. This type of baldness is often age related, and it’s most common cause is genetic and linked to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The hormone DHT affects hair follicles. The hormone shrinks follicles and eventually they stop growing. Although most common in men, hence the name, male pattern baldness also affects women over 65 years of age. The classical signs are a receding hairline and hair loss on the crown of the head.
No known cure for male pattern baldness exists but there are a number of treatments, both medical and surgical. The type of treatment your doctor chooses will depend on the extent of hair loss among other factors.
Surgical and non-surgical options for treating hair loss
There are several options available to treat male pattern baldness. They can be medical or surgical. The choice of treatment type depends on eligibility for surgery or on personal preferences. Common non-surgical treatments include the following:
- Topical applications for mild to moderate hair loss include Propecia and Rogaine.
- Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) stimulates hair follicles and promotes regeneration and growth. Also called laser cap treatment.
- Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) involves injecting blood platelets, which are rich in growth factors, into the scalp to aid hair follicle regeneration.
- Mesotherapy promotes hair regrowth.
- Scalp micropigmentation involves the use of pigment to replicate the look of very short hair.
In addition to the above medical interventions, surgical options are also available. The surgical procedures are ideal if you suffer from severe hair loss, have tried medical treatments, and you’re eligible for hair transplant surgery. The following are some of the popular hair transplant procedures:
- Follicular unit extraction (FUE) involves the harvesting of hair follicles and implanting them in the areas affected by pattern baldness. FUE is one of the most effective hair transplant techniques and is less invasive than the follicular unit transplant (FUT) procedure.
- Follicular unit transplant involves harvesting strips of hair from the back of the head and transplanting it onto the bald areas. This is an invasive procedure which may result in scarring.
Several solutions to male pattern balding exist as outlined above. Medical and surgical options are available and the choice of which method is best depends on the extent of hair loss. The Vinci Hair Clinic specializes in both medical and surgical procedures. You can find out more about how they can help you deal with male pattern baldness by visiting Vinci Hair Clinic today.