Friday, July 19, 2013

Solutions to Men's Hair Loss

Men losing their hair have an array of options of how to deal with the issue. The first option is to simply accept the fact that you are 'growing out of your hair' (as a bald gentleman once put it with a huge grin) and carrying your shiny dome with pride. Many women, by the way, find bald men extremely sexy, so there really is no need to worry quite as much about losing your hair. Baldness is also in no way a barrier to fame and fortune, as famous 'baldies' like Patrick Stewart, Telly Savalas and Yul Brunner, for example, clearly show. To see either one of these exceptional men with hair would be just wrong.

If you really can not bear the thought of being bald, however, there are many possible solutions at your disposal. One method is to chemically slow loss/ stimulate new growth. It should be noted here, that for these methods to succeed, there must still be some natural growth. No remedy, however real and successful, will miraculously turn an already completely bald head into a thick mane.

Chemical/ medical treatments include Finasteride (or Propecia) and Minoxidil (Rogaine). The former is a DHT (dihydrotestosterone, a converted form of testosterone shrinking hair follicles) inhibitor, while the latter stimulates hair follicles. Both slow thinning and encourage scalp coverage (typically coming into effect within a few months), but neither will result in full re-growth. Hair texture/ length of the resulting new growth may also differ slightly from existing hair. It should also be noted that you will need to take these drugs continually. If stopped, the new hair will be lost again with six to 12 months, putting you right back where you started.

Other DHT inhibitors you could try include Revivogen and Generic Finasteride. Follicle stimulants worth trying include Crinagen, Folligen and Tricomin, as well as Rogaine foam or liquid.

Antiandrogens like S5 Cream or Topical Spironolactone (a lotion), for instance, prevent DHT from reaching hair follicles and are often combined with DHT inhibitors and/ or follicle stimulants for maximum results. For all of the above, results will to a great deal depend on your age, why you lost your hair in the first place and how much of it you have lost. In addition, all of them will have to be used continually to maintain the achieved results.

Another option is to wear a toupee, weave or wig. This does, however, have the disadvantage of often looking 'not quite natural'. Then, of course, there is the risk of them coming off at the most inappropriate moments.

Finally, there is the option to have hair transplant surgery. Whether you are suitable for this type of surgery depends on how old you are; your hair type (straight, curly) and colour, as well as the original reason for your hair loss. Best for men with loss predominantly at the front, this involves moving hair from the back forward. Another type of surgery, known as scalp reduction, essentially involves making the part of the scalp that still features hair larger.



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