Hair Loss Treatment For Men
When considering hair loss treatment for men, it is important to understand the life cycle of this part of the body. One hair grows for two to six years. In that time, it grows less than a half an inch per month. The hair may go through a resting phase, but nine out of ten hairs are in the growing stage at one time. When a hair goes into a resting stage, it lasts about two to three months, then it falls out. A new one begins growing in its place. This cycle of growth and loss is normal, and as long as the hair is replaced as quickly as it is lost, baldness does not occur. Excessive hair loss can come from several factors. One is an illness or surgery that causes physical stress to the body. But many times this is temporary, and as soon as the body is healthy again, the hair regrows. This may be true for men, women, or children. But these reasons rarely result in a need for surgical hair restoration.
Another reason for hair loss is problems with hormones. Male and female hormones, called androgens and estrogens, can get out of balance. If the imbalance is corrected, the problem may reverse itself. Sometimes, a woman may find that a few months after she has a baby, her hair may fall out. The cause for this is usually a change in her hormone levels. When a woman is pregnant, high levels of hormones interrupt the normal growth cycle of hair, causing the woman to keep hair that should have fallen out. Then when her hormones go back to normal after the birth, all that hair falls out. Thyroid disease may also cause balding, both an overactive and an under active thyroid. Some types of medications can also cause hair loss. Some of these are blood thinners, gout medications, drugs used for chemotherapy, too much vitamin A, birth control pills, and antidepressants. These reasons also rarely result in a need for surgical hair restoration.
Another cause is certain infections, such as fungal infections of the scalp. This is often seen in children and is easily treated with antifungal creams. Some diseases can also cause hair loss, such as lupus or diabetes. Therefore, a person should consult a doctor to find the underlying cause. But most men's problems concern male-pattern baldness, which is a permanent condition. Most of the time, this condition is inherited. Some men start losing their hair at an early age; these men usually develop a more extensive receding hairline. At this point, many men investigate surgical hair restoration by consulting a doctor who is trained in this area. When consulting a doctor, he will probably ask a medical history, including questions about diet, medications, recent illnesses, and how the patient takes care of his scalp. He may also take blood tests or a biopsy of the scalp to rule out any underlying diseases.
The reason a doctor will ask about scalp care during hair loss treatment for men is that a man can cause his hair to fall out by taking improper care of his body. Wearing hairdos like pigtails or using implement like tight rollers where the hair is pulled tightly can cause damage or a type of problem called traction alopecia. If the scalp becomes scarred, the problem is permanent. But if the person stops pulling his hair like this, then it will grow back in. Certain treatments, like hot oil treatments or chemicals used in perms put into the hair can also cause hair loss. They can cause inflammation of the skin and the follicle. In the past, remedies for this problem were not effective. In fact, many times people sold medications or other types of treatment for balding that had no effective yet were touted as miracle cures. But medical science has come along way in understanding the reasons for baldness. Today, there is effective hair loss treatment for men and surgical hair restoration.
Some new drugs slow down the cycle of hair loss. One, called Rogaine, is an over-the-counter application that anyone can buy. It was first developed in pill form to treat high blood pressure, but it had one odd side effect, hair began growing on strange places like the cheeks or the forehead. Scientists then began applying it to the scalp and found that it was useful in hair loss treatment for men. Another type of drug is only available through prescription, finasteride. It can take up to six months to work. Originally developed to treat prostrate enlargement, it had the side effect of increasing hair growth. The medicine interfered with the enzyme that causes hair to fall out. Since the drug had already been cleared through the FDA, doctors because using it for this purpose also. But it is not effective for all types of baldness.
But a person still has to be careful of those advertisements that claim to solve the problem. One good way to determine if the medication is good is to see if it has been approved by the FDA or recommended by the American Hair Loss Association. Those two groups serve as watchdogs over these products. If the claims of the advertisements seem too good to be true, chances are that the product is not viable. Many men wonder if surgical hair restoration works. There is a transplant operation that takes plugs of hair from the back of the head just above the neck to implant into the bald spots. The point is that this part of the head rarely loses its covering, so the new hairs would be resistant to falling out. This is a very costly procedure and takes multiple visits to complete. Fortunately, how we look is not the most important part of our life. The Bible says of those who are in God's care, "But there shall not an hair of your head perish" (Luke 21:18).
Balding CuresBalding cures have been around since Cleopatra attempted to cure her lover's hair loss with a wicked mixture of burned mice, the marrow of a deer, bear grease and several equine teeth brewed together. There have been just as many equally ridiculous remedies for hair loss that people have used to try to stop balding and re-grow their lost locks of youth. Hair loss is fairly common in both men and women, but the percentage of men that sustain male pattern baldness outweighs the number of females who experience pattern baldness. Susceptible males generally begin to notice some hair loss between the ages of twenty five and thirty five. Some actually begin to loose hair in their late teens or early twenties which is worrisome to most males. In a world that values the exterior of a person sometimes more than the interior wellsprings of character and integrity, a male without handsome, thick hair may feel his self worth and visual appeal plummet when the hair begins to let loose. "...every man at his best state is altogether vanity." (Psalm 39:5b)
Virility, youth and sex appeal have so often been linked to a good production of hair, that the number of men who have begun to lose it has created a huge demand for medical attention, hair replacement techniques and camouflage methods. In fact, the current trend in fashion for men is to shave the head whether you're bald or not! This offers the look of power, toughness and virility just for NOT having a full head of hair. Those that are losing it can resort to this doable trick if their heads are well shaped and they can pull off the look! For most men, however, doing something to stop balding is an important priority in their lives. The scientific conclusion or bottom line when it comes to ultimate, authentic balding cures is that...there is none!
There are, however, ways to address some underlying causes of male pattern baldness that may slow down the process or cause some re-growth to occur along the way. In order to choose the best method to deal with the hair loss dilemma, the root cause should first be determined. There can be different causes for hair loss including health reasons, medications and self induced loss through the misuse of hair care products. The most common cause of male pattern baldness, though, is testosterone or the male hormone. Male hormones are activated at puberty and hair begins to respond to the testosterone that is manufactured. Some teens actually begin to lose strands of hair, but it is not noticeable until later.
Hair loss is usually genetically influenced by one or both sides of the family. A person whose mother and father experienced thinning or balding, may just as well plan on dealing with the same issue. There is a genetic predisposition that relates to the amount of hair loss and to what balding patterns occur. Some people experience loss on top of their heads while others experience only a receding hair line. Some men are eventually only left with a fringe of hair that surrounds the head. Younger men are especially concerned with loss of hair and generally search for balding cures. There are several medicinal treatments that can be tried under the supervision of a dermatologist that may help to stop balding. Lotions and oral medications can be prescribed that affect hormonal levels directly related to male pattern baldness.
Most medications usually take as long as six weeks to see any effects and must be used over the long haul for a patient to benefit from use. There are also serious side affects such as sexual dysfunction associated with some medications since the most potent treatments are targeted at blocking the male hormone that causes baldness. Most medications that are prescribed to stop balding are not guaranteed to help everyone. If a medication does not stimulate some hair growth within 2 to 3 months, the treatment will generally not be expected to work even if used longer. Also, powerful medications are expected to be used long term in order to continue blocking hormones that will return to cause baldness if not continually inhibited.
For many men, extremely powerful drugs may cause some hair growth but may also cause unwanted side affects. In this case, alternatives to re-growth may be considered. Simple treatments for scalp stimulation that include hair care products and grooming techniques can be useful in some cases, although not as dramatic in results. Many men have resorted to hair transplants as balding cures that surgically place strands of hair on sparse areas of the head. Successfully transplanted hair will grow and certainly be the 'real thing' to anyone who notices. Hair weaves are another option used by many men who can afford synthetic replacements to be glued or woven into the existing strands.
This method will require periodic upkeep and can be expensive to maintain. Sometimes camouflaging or making hair loss less noticeable by dressing stylish, shaving the head or wearing hats can be a simple way to make a 'head of less'...more. In fact, stylists recommend that men who are experiencing baldness in any respect should always cut their hair very, very short and make no effort to cover spots with extra long strands of hair draped across the spot. In other words, men should 'baldly go where no man has gone before' and present themselves as self assured and stylish even if their locks appear more like Julius Caesar than Samson of the Bible!