Balding men

November 12, 2012

Balding men

Many men find the loss of their hair to be extremely traumatic and may well go to extreme lengths to find a cure or to cover up their baldness. The bad news for balding men is that there are very few scientifically proven treatments for hair loss. Whilst many products make extravagant claims on the subject no one can show real success and there is a distinct lack of definitive evidence to prove these claims.

However for men who are beginning to lose their hair there is a glimmer of hope. There are some long term medications available which have shown to be effective in slowing down hair loss and which do not appear to make the condition worse when treatment ceases.

  • Minoxidil is an over the counter remedy which requires no prescription. Whilst not that great at re-growth of hair it does appear to be successful at preventing further hair loss – which is useful for balding men. On the down side Minoxidil does need to be applied regularly – at least once or twice a day which can get tiresome, it also seems to produce better results at the back of the head rather than the front which is the area of concern for most balding men.

  • Finasteride this medication is for use only in men with male pattern baldness. Finasteride is thought to block the action of hormones in the hair follicles of balding men. Whilst this product has been known to grow new hair it’s most general and successful use is in maintaining current levels of hair. Finasteride must be taken for a considerable length of time – months or even a year – and results may be slow, however it has proved to be a successful treatment for balding men who are developing classic male pattern baldness.

  • Dutasteride is mainly used to treat an enlarged prostate, however, as with finasteride some success has been noted in prevention of hair loss – it has been prescribed ‘off label’ to both men and women who are experiencing male pattern baldness.

  • Prostaglandin analogs are not approved to treating scalp hair loss but are proving useful in improving eyelashes, as a result of these findings further tests are being done in order to determine whether the products are useful in patients with scalp hair loss.

  • Hair fiber powders readily available and may be an inexpensive solution for hair loss in balding men. These coloured powders are intended to attach to the remaining hair to give an improved look of fullness – used in conjunction with other ongoing treatments they may well prove to be a useful tool.

  • The use of hairpieces, weaving or wigs has long been a solution to hide male pattern baldness, these artificial aids come in a wide range of price and quality but are still the choice of many balding men.

  • Transplants – hair transplants have improved in leaps and bounds in recent years and have become the treatment of choice for many. It is now possible to achieve a much more natural look after this procedure. Hair is transplanted from the back of the head and inserted into the bald area – or, a scalp reduction procedure, may involve removal of the bald area and stitching the remaining scalp back together.

Choices for balding men are many and varied; it is always wise to choose a solution carefully and to do your research before embarking on any treatment for male pattern baldness.

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