Treating Hair Loss In Men

June 21, 2014

While many people attribute hair loss to a modern lifestyle, it doesn’t present the entire picture. The modern lifestyle is indeed stressful, and as such much more likely to result in hair loss, but hair loss has been known for centuries. In fact, if you happen to examine the paintings or even busts of the personalities of the past, you’re likely to notice that some of them were afflicted with the similar M-shaped baldness we commonly know as “male pattern baldness”. So if lifestyle isn’t the missing piece of the puzzle, what causes this type of baldness in men?

Reason for male baldness

The true reason for male pattern baldness lies in genetics and chemistry of the body. Research shows that males who go bald easily show heightened levels of sensitivity to a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DTH). The production of this hormone in the male body after the age of, say, 35-40, is pretty common; however, for most of the people, there is no effect of this hormone. In those who are sensitive to it because of genetic reasons, however, this hormone works to kill off the follicles in the scalp, preventing further hair growth. This becomes evident in the receding hairline, which gradually spreads over the whole head.

Hair loss treatment for men:

If you’ve been affected with this typical baldness, there is no need to despair. With advances in medical science, today it is possible to correct the problem of hair loss in males once and for all. The treatment for this goes by the name of Hair Transplantation, and has been successfully employed in restoring hair growth among people who have forgotten what it feels like to have a full head of hair.
Essentially, hair transplantation involves transfer of healthy follicles from the scalp of one person to another, or even from parts of one’s body to the scalp. The area from where live follicles are taken is known as the donor, which are then surgically planted on the receiving area. Once a growth cycle of hair has been completed, natural growth results on the scalp, and baldness is treated forever.

Types of transplantation:

Broadly, the hair transplantation method is of two types. Technically, these are known as Follicle Unit Transplant (FUT) and Follicle Unit Extraction (FUE), respectively. The exact details of these procedures are complicated, but a short explanation will be provided. In the former method (FUT), large areas of baldness are treated in one go by moving a relatively large section of scalp to the receiver. The other method, called FUE, involves treating smaller areas of baldness, and involves extraction and planting of individual follicles. The FUT method happens to be faster, but leaves scars on the scalp (although normally these do not matter). The FUE method, on the other hand, takes more time and is relatively clean.

Whichever method you choose, know that some amount of maintenance will be required for a few days after the surgery. But for this slight discomfort, the treatment is every bit worth it.

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