Unlike some people, such as the Maroon 5 front man and internationally known rock star Adam Levine, losing hair is not a choice for millions of American men. By age 35, you can experience some hair thinning, and in your 50s, you could start noticing severely sparse distribution of your locks or even see some bald spots. It’s not a drastic and cool hair makeover, but a drastic and possibly depressing change to your appearance.
One solution that can restore the appearance of your head is hair transplantation, where grafts will be taken from your healthy “hair zones” and transferred to the balding areas. The procedure gives natural-looking results because of how it is done and where the transplanted hairs are taken. Most people who undergo the surgery regain the fullness and volume of their hair.
Before you get a hair transplant for your problem, especially if you’re still undecided on whether the solution suits your situation, take note of these key information about hair thinning/loss.
1. It can be tied to genetics.
Researchers who have painstakingly analyzed human DNA have found that abnormalities in certain chromosomes show traits that you can inherit from your parents. For baldness, it is the variance in chromosome 20 that makes some men seven times more prone to hair loss. This genetic variant does not affect women.
2. It can be influenced by hormone levels.
Men’s testosterone converts into Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and if you are genetically sensitive to DHT, your hair follicles will more readily react to the hormone. When DHT binds to the receptors in your hair follicles, the hair glands shrink and become unable to regrow hair.
3. It can be caused by stress, bad habits, and other lifestyle factors.
High levels of stress, insufficient vitamins in the body, using too much or too harsh chemicals on your head/hair (from shampoos, hair products), and being overweight or underweight can all result in hair loss. The unhealthy lifestyle can make the hair follicles dormant, and in some cases, it’s an autoimmune disorder that attacks the glands.
With the many complicated causes of baldness, there’s yet to be a cure that’s effective for everyone, but surgery is already a permanent treatment for hair loss. A hair transplant practitioner in Mexico, like Dr. Sara Lea Salas of Baja Hair Center, can help you explore your options, determine if you’re a good candidate for the surgery, and guide you through the procedure. You may need to take medications and make changes to your lifestyle to maintain the results of the treatment.
In Search Of A Hair Loss Cure: How Close Are We, Really?, Medical Daily
‘Why Do People Go Bald’ Video Tackles Hair Loss Head On, The Huffington Post