A full head of hair has been associated with mostly positive traits like strength, virility, youth, and power. Unfortunately, not every man enjoys the perks of a magnificent mane. Approximately 70 percent of all males suffer from male pattern baldness, otherwise known as MPB or androgenic alopecia. “Suffer” is the key word here. With hair loss almost always follows low self-esteem, social withdrawal, depression, and in very rare cases, even suicide.
The aforementioned effects are why patients often resort to solutions like youth-restoring hair transplants in Mexico, where practitioners offer the procedure at more affordable rates. Here’s a look at male pattern baldness in detail: what causes it, who is at risk, and how its effects can be combatted.
In general, male pattern baldness is due to two major factors: genetic makeup and male sex hormones. MPB is pretty recognizable by some sort of “pattern”: the hairline recedes, then hair begins to considerably thin on the crown. Contrary to popular belief, some purported “causes” don’t really have any merit—age isn’t the sole determinant (hair loss can strike as early as one’s teens), and wearing a hat isn’t connected to hair loss at all. Conventional wisdom has it that wearing a hat often strains hair follicles and causes strands to fall out–something that has been debunked by the experts.
As previously said, MPB is largely—not entirely—dependent on genetic predisposition. Men who have close relatives (particularly on the mother’s side) with MPB are at a higher risk of losing their hair. The likelihood of hair loss for predisposed males also increases with age.
There are various treatment options available to counteract the bad effects of male pattern hair loss. For those who feel satisfied with merely disguising their condition, hair pieces, weaves, or strategic haircuts would do. Other options include the use of special medications like minoxidil, a topical medication applied to the scalp which slows hair loss and stimulates regrowth from the follicles; as well as propecia, which works very much like minoxidil but better suited for younger people with limited hair loss.
For those who are looking for a long-term and more dramatic solution, consider getting professional hair restoration in Mexico, at facilities like Baja Hair Center. A hair transplant is the best known solution to hair loss, and could result in the full restoration of hair. The procedure involves removing tiny plugs of hair from areas where growth is unaffected, and relocating them to thinning areas. Hair transplants are touted for their natural and permanent results.
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