The most common condition related to hair loss from which men suffer is male-pattern baldness (MPB). It begins with a spot on the top of your head or a receding hairline that gets more pronounced over time.
Ronald Sulewsk, a board-certified dermatologist from Nebraska, says that “Male pattern baldness, also called androgenetic alopecia, is the most common type of hair loss in men and it is caused by a combination of factors that includes genetics, age and hormones.”
What Factors Cause Hair Loss in Men?
As we mature, we experience changes in the amount and type of hormones produced in our body, and this results in changes to our health that could cause hair loss. Hair growth is regulated by androgens. Any change to these affects the hair growth cycle and can lead to hair shedding.
Hormone levels are, to some extent, controllable but other factors like genetic inheritance are difficult to treat when it comes to hair loss. MPB occurs more often in those men with a history of the condition in the family.
Additionally, the condition can be caused or worsened by other health disorders such as specific cancers, thyroid conditions or medications like anabolic steroids.
How to Treat Hair Loss?
Scientific advances have made hair loss treatable through both surgical and non-surgical methods. Non-surgical methods are usually non-invasive and are applied at home. For instance, Minoxidil and Finasteride are two prominent medications that work either as topical or oral solutions.
They focus on strengthening the hair life cycle while treatments such as Micro Scalp Pigmentation (MSP) and Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) tackle hair loss by simulating the appearance of dense hair through scalp inking or by stimulating hair growth with injections. Before deciding on a treatment, it’s advisable to consult with a hair expert, as each individual has different hair and is affected differently by certain kinds of treatments.
- Used mostly as a topical treatment that you apply to your scalp with your fingertips, it aims to boost the growth of dormant follicles and move them to the growth phase.
- An oral treatment, Finasteride aims to reduce hair loss by stopping the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) through the blockage of the catalyst enzymes.
- Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP). This involves drawing blood from the client, processing it, then injecting it back into the balding areas of the client’s scalp.
- Micro Scalp Pigmentation (MSP). Similar to tattooing, MSP uses medical-grade pigment on the scalp to create the illusion of a shaved head.
The symptoms of hair loss start slowly but can soon lead to noticeable bald spots on your head. These not only affect your appearance but can knock your self-confidence too, causing you the kind of stress that results in further hair loss. Choosing the proper treatment can be challenging. That’s why Vinci Hair Clinic offers a free consultation to all our new clients. Get in touch and book your appointment today!