Estimated annual sales of hair growth products is said to be close to $3.6 billion. The most common hair loss condition is male or female pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia). It is estimated that genetic hair loss may affect up to 80% of men into their 70´s. Specialists suggest baldness patterns are inherited from a combination of factors. From both sides of the family. With potentially some environmental factors that come into play too.
Minoxidil and Finasteride
Two well-known hair loss treatments on the market. They can slow hair loss, and even improve hair thickness and quality. They were both discovered accidentally. Minoxidil, a topical product. It was originally developed as a blood-pressure drug. Finasteride was originally developed as a treatment for enlarged prostates. It inhibits the creation of DHT. Both products have drawbacks. One being, if you stop taking you will lose the hair you would have lost in the duration of your usage.
Although there is no cure for hair loss. Treatment can help maintain your hair. When combined with a hair transplant procedure can prove very effective. On the right candidate, you can preserve your existing hair whilst rebuilding areas of hair loss. For example, rebuild lost hairlines or crown areas. A hair transplant in skilled hands can treat even advanced hair loss conditions.
FUE is the minimally invasive hair transplant technique that removes one hair unit at a time. This is to minimise the change around the scalp. It is a highly specialised technique when performed to the highest standard. But in the wrong hands can result in poor growth and visible scarring.