Every day, it´s common to hed about 100 hairs from their scalp. While the majority of people grow those hairs grow back, some people don’t.
A permanent hair restoration treatment can depend on the cause of the hair loss in the first place, such conditions can be:
- hormonal changes
- medical conditions, such as lupus and diabetes
- poor nutrition
- side effects of a medical treatment, such as chemotherapy
Curb your hairline
Male pattern baldness affects about 20% of men by the time they’re 20 and rises roughly in line with age: about 30% of men will experience significant hair loss by 30, 40% of men by 40, half of the men aged 50, and so on. If you’ve retained your hair by middle-age, you’re one of the lucky ones.
Baldness is not caused by excess testosterone as is commonly thought; nor is it inherited from your maternal grandfather. It’s caused by sensitivity to testosterone: an enzyme converts testosterone into a substance called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – which then causes the follicle to atrophy, the hair miniaturise and fall out. Male pattern baldness is inherited but from both or either side of your genetic line.
Larry David was once asked what he was most proud of in life. “That’s easy,” the creator of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm replied, “it would be the way I’ve adjusted to baldness.”
Miniaturisation refers to the slow shrinking of the hair follicle and the reduction of the hair until eventually the follicle no longer renews any hair growth. DHT latches onto the follicle and the male pattern baldness gene is triggered. This most commonly occurs at the temples, the crown, and the front of the head, hairline and frontal third.
Are there any treatment options?
FDA Approved Medications:
Finasteride is a prescriptive hair loss treatment taken orally in tablet form, 1mg per day. In clinical trials, around 90% of the patients either gained hair or maintained their hair over a five-year period. Minoxidil is a topically applied lotion or foam.
Saw palmetto is a popular supplement that many men use to combat hair loss. Available over-the-counter and is a herb that has traditionally been used to treat men with prostate problems. It is popular with those that prefer not to take finasteride of the potential and documented side-effects. Other supplements that may influence or help hair growth include ginseng, pumpkin seed, zinc, vitamin B6, horsetail extract, rosemary, and chamomile. (Some as supplements, some topical.)
Platelet-rich plasma injections (PRP) has been used in many fields of medicine and has even been adopted by professional football clubs to help in the healing of injuries to their players. Blood is extracted and ‘growth factors’ are extracted from the blood. Then injected back into the scalp where the hair loss is occurring.
Results vary from person to person
Treatment will react differently from person to person. The age, hair loss stage, health and many factors can play a role. Although some treatments can be very effective in preserving and improving hair growth no specific result can be promised or expected. Research the side effects of each treatment and the mechanics of how each work before commencing any medical treatment. Also, understand a treatment can be the best initial plan in treating your hair loss even though it cannot be cured. Treatment can sustain your hairline or stop your crown from thinning further. Sustained use of treatment has shown progressive hair loss can be dramatically slowed down on a good candidate. A permanent hair restoration treatment is not viable at this moment in time as it is not possible to isolate the male or female pattern baldness gene.
The Permanent Movement of Hair Follicles
Not all the hair on the head is prone to genetic hair loss. Even advanced stages of male pattern baldness a band of hair is left around the back and sides of the head. This hair is genetically strong and immune from the effects of DHT and the male pattern baldness gene. Genetically strong hair follicles can be moved from one area to an area of hair thinning or loss. These hair follicles retain their genetic properties and even when moved continue to regrow naturally. As long as the hairs are removed from a safe zone they will maintain their strong genetic properties for life.
Planning Your Hair Restoration
Knowing what and when to do something about your hair loss is part of managing your expectations. As a result, it is important to understand what can realistically be achieved. Resulting in
- Your age now and at what age did you begin to lose your hair?
- How progressive has your hair loss been?
- What is your family´s hair loss history, maternal and paternal?
- How have you addressed your hair loss, tried various medication, if so how effective?
- Have you undergone a hair transplant before, if so what technique, how long ago and how many grafts?
- What are your objectives? Do you want to achieve conservative or aggressive coverage?
- Where are your priorities? Front hairline, mid-scalp, crown, entire head, repair?
Making the right choices
Regardless of the hair transplant technique results will vary from person to person and a full consultation needs to take place beforehand. The standard hair transplant techniques used today are Follicular Unit Extraction – FUE and Follicular Unit Transplant – FUT. Traditionally scalp hair is used but recently body hair is also considered
A hair transplant is a safe, minor surgical procedure under local anaesthetic and sedative usually taking one day to perform. The placement of the hair should be undetectable to the person’s natural hair. Even under close scrutiny the angle and orientation should match. The procedure is performed under a local anaesthetic and mild sedative. No hospital stay is required and healing is relatively fast, able to resume