Hair loss is a common problem that can have a profound impact on both a man’s appearance and his self-esteem. While some types of hair loss cannot be prevented entirely, there are steps you can take to slow or reduce the amount of loss you might experience. Medikemos FUE Hair Transplant Clinic has the tips you need for hair loss prevention, as well as treatment options for those that have already experienced some degree of baldness.
Why Hair Loss Occurs
Male pattern baldness, known by the technical name androgenetic alopecia, is the primary culprit in men’s hair loss. In fact, 95 percent of males that experience thinning or balding can chalk it up to this condition, according to the American Hair Loss Association. It is a common problem that can affect up to two-thirds of men by the age of 35 and as many as 85 percent by 50. While not usually a serious medical problem, male pattern baldness can be very traumatic for men, affecting them psychologically, socially and even professionally.
The problem begins when the growth cycle of the hair slows down, and the follicle starts to shrink. This makes it difficult for hair to continue to grow in the follicle, so the follicle eventually becomes dormant, and no more hair will grow there. This condition is often genetic and is associated with levels of sex hormones in a man’s body. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a offshoot of testosterone, is the substance that leads to the shrinking of the hair follicle and the beginning of the hair thinning process.
When Prevention is a Possibility
While androgenetic alopecia is typically caused by factors beyond your control, there are some causes of hair loss that can be prevented:
- Hair loss due to some types of medications
- Excessive stress that leads to thinning or balding
- Lack of nutrients, particularly protein or iron
- Haircare habits that stress the hair and lead to loss
In these cases, prevention may be as simple as stopping a medication or adding supplements to your diet. Stress management techniques may also be an effective way to slow or stop hair loss due to increases in the stress hormone cortisol, while your barber can give you tips on changing your hair care routine to produce healthier hair.
Slowing the Process
If male pattern baldness is a problem for you, there are steps you can take to slow the process down. First, consider shampoo that contains ketoconazole, an ingredient commonly used to treat dandruff. Studies have found that this substance also works to block the conversion of testosterone to DHT. You can also try rubbing minoxidil (Rogaine) on your scalp. This topical medication increases oxygen, blood flow and nutrients to the hair follicles, which can sometimes be successful in keeping hair growing strong. Finasteride (Propecia) is an oral medication that some men find will stop thinning and even regrow hair. However, this drug can have some side effects, so it is important to talk to your doctor about its safety before using it.
Treating the Problem
If hair loss has already become a significant problem for you, today there are effective methods of hair restoration that are both natural and permanent. Dr. Emorane Lupanzula offers FUE, which is a specialized method of hair transplantation that offers precision restoration without visible scarring. Dr. Lupanzula is considered an expert in the field of hair transplantation and has helped thousands of patients restore their hair and their self-confidence. To learn more about his treatment methods, contact Dr. Lupanzula today at his Belgium office at 32 2 535 55 40.