Hair loss is a condition that afflicts many men when they reach a certain age. When this happens, it can be very devastating for the person, affecting his self-image and confidence. Baldness is mostly attributed to genetics, and as such, is very hard to prevent. However, other factors, such as diseases, lack of nutrients, and stress can also trigger hair loss, but may be mitigated to some extent.
In most cases, however, male pattern baldness is inevitable. Fortunately, procedures and medications have been developed over the years to reduce hair loss, and even reverse the process. Some of these treatments are discussed below.
Finasteride and Minoxidil
An article in About.com discusses Finasteride and Minoxidil, two Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medications specifically developed to slow down hair loss and promote hair growth. According to the article:
Finasteride (known by the brand names Proscar and Propecia) is a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor, which works by blocking 5-alpha reductase, preventing the enzyme from converting testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It is DHT that causes male pattern baldness. Originally prescribed by doctors for benign prostate hyperplasia (prostate enlargement), finasteride has been shown to stop hair loss and in some cases reverse the balding process.
Minoxidil has a statistical base that proves its effectiveness in reducing hair loss, provided that it is used constantly.
Minoxidil (Rogaine) is found to be effective in about 25% of men with baldness on the crown. Applied twice a day in a cream, foam, or liquid, the hair growth only occurs as long as it is used. Minoxidil was originally approved to treat high blood pressure. Side effects are uncommon, but Rogaine should not be used by people with a history of heart problems, sudden weight gain, chest pains, fainting, or rapid heartbeat.
Surgical Hair Treatment
While medications seek to slow down or prevent hair loss, surgical treatments, like safe hair transplants in Mexico, can actually reverse the balding process. The two latest hair transplant techniques are Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction. Both procedures involve harvesting hair follicles from parts of the head which still have hair, to be transplanted to areas with advancing hair loss. The advantages of FUE include less scarring and a shorter healing time, while the main edge of FUT is its lower cost.
Those who want to benefit from technologically-advanced treatments for hair loss should consider hair restoration in Mexico. Facilities, such as Baja Hair Center, offer these effective remedies at prices lower than those in the U.S. Through the expertise of the professionals in these facilities, regaining one’s youthful looks has been made completely possible and affordable.
(Source: Male Hair Loss Treatments, About.com Men’s Health, 29 April, 2014)