December 19, 2012
A Review of Male Hair Loss Solutions
Baldness is a common condition that is experienced by millions of Americans especially by men. It is no wonder that many men actively seek solutions and turn to treatments that promise incredible results. Unfortunately, many of these are nothing but false, expensive and hollow assurances. What are the safe and effective treatment options for people who are suffering from excessive hair loss? The truth is, there are so many causes of baldness in men and there are many treatment options available for them.
Shedding of hair every day is normal but when hair loss is excessive, there is a need to seek the help of a medical practitioner or dermatologist to make the proper diagnosis. If hair loss is extreme, it can indicate a medical condition. In such cases, the treatment of the underlying medical condition constitutes the best form of treatment. There are also instances when hair fall is induced by temporary conditions such as childbirth, stress, and adverse reactions to certain medicines that fade in time. But, the most common type of balding in males referred to as androgenic alopecia or patterned balding is mostly triggered by a combination of genes, hormones and age. In which case, the natural solutions may need to be augmented by medical as well as cosmetic procedures.
What are some common natural treatments for hair loss in men that are not only safe but also cheaper? These days, more and more people are going back to basics with the use of complementary alternative medicine (CAM) such as homeopathic and herbal treatments. Such treatments can support hormonal balance, improved blood circulation, and correct thyroid functioning which are all essential to overall health and prevention of hair loss. Some common homeopathic prescriptions for hair loss include Aurum metallicum, selenium and phosphoric acid. An herbalist may suggest drinking of rosemary or nettle tea. For the conditioning of hair follicles, they may recommend Echinacea, Equisetum arvense (field horsetail), and Avena sativa (oats). Aromatherapy and massaging the scalp with essential and healthy oils improves circulation of blood in the scalp. Essential oils from ginger, cypress, lavender, fenugreek and rosemary can be mixed to the carrier oil which is the jojoba oil.
Natural male hair loss solutions include supporting a healthy lifestyle which means sensible diet, regular exercise as well as avoidance of alcohol, nicotine and other unhealthy substances. It also entails correcting dietary and nutritional requirements. This may entail taking of supplements, vitamins and minerals like vitamin B complex, calcium, magnesium, vitamin E, inositol and choline. These healthy practices are also important when going through other treatment options like taking pills or using topical medicines. Propecia is the first prescription drug that can treat male pattern hair loss. Its effects, however, cannot be maintained once the pill is discontinued. Further, this needs the guidance of a doctor. Rogain and (topical minoxidil) and Propecia (finasteride) are topical solutions that can be applied and rubbed into the scalp. Merely 10 to 14 percent of those who used these showed positive results but use of Rogaine was seen to slow down hair loss.
Where these solutions fail, permanent hair loss can be addressed by hair replacement solutions such as hair transplantation methods and scalp reduction. What determines the appropriate procedure is the type and pattern of hair loss. Transplantation procedures can entail micro-grafting, slit grafting or punch grafting. Micro-grafts refer to transplantation of two hairs per graft. Slit grafts may contain between 4 to 10 hairs while punch grafts involve grafting of 10 to 15 hairs per graft. Recently, modern procedures have further included mini grafts with 2 to 4 hairs and the strip grafts which are long thin grafts with 30 to 40 hairs per strip. These are outpatient hair replacement procedures that can be performed in a dermatological surgeon’s clinic and require use of local anesthetic and light sedation if warranted. Conversely, scalp reduction is a more invasive surgical procedure that removes some of the bald skin or scalp. The spaces are then filled with hair covered scalp or fold the hair–bearing skin over the bald area referred to as flap. These procedures are not only painful but expensive as well. Those who prefer cheaper solutions can opt instead to wigs and other hairpieces that look almost natural.
Hair loss among men is so common that so many celebs made baldness a fashion like hunks Bruce Willis, Vin Diesel, Matt Damon and the prince of England, Prince William. So, it seems like male hair loss solutions are not that significant anymore.