Solutions For Hair Loss for Men | Hair Challenges
Men generally do not discuss their hair goals or challenges with others and when it comes to hair loss, many suffer in silence. So let’s get right to it and share some of the things we have discovered over the years.
First and foremost there are a few questions to ask to help you understand your hair loss and your options.
- Will I go bald?
- What is causing my hair loss?
- How long will it take me to go bald?
- What options do I have?
Will I go bald?
Everyone loses hair.
Generally speaking, most men (and some women) will go bald but usually later in life. About 25% of men will go bald before the age of 30 however. which leads us to what causes it.
What is causing my hair loss?
It is important to know what is causing your hair loss as not all hair loss is the same.
Hair loss, beyond mail pattern baldness, happens for a number of reasons and the solutions are just as varied. It can be caused by stress, surgery, scalp infections or alopecia. The good news is that in many cases, hair loss is not permanent.
Let’s start with male pattern baldness. Male pattern baldness can be considered ongoing baldness which usually forms at the temples or the crown. One of the main causes is genetics and having a family history of male pattern baldness. Scientists think genes may affect how sensitive your hair follicles are to a group of sex hormones called DHT (andogens).
It may not seem like good news, but if your hair is falling out in clumps or at unpredictable times, it is most likely to be the symptom of something other than male pattern baldness and our next causes; stress, alopecia and scalp infections.
- Stress can be caused by a number of things.
- Alopecia is a condition where a person (male or female) loses patches of hair and is usually caused by an autoimmune disorder.
- Scalp infections can be caused by a number of reasons.
A simple visit to the doctor will help you determine what is causing you hair loss and more importantly putting a stop to hair loss caused by alopecia, scalp infections and stress.
How long will it take me to go bald?
Although there are no “steadfast rules”, some go bald in as short a time as five years but most men will take between 15-25 years.
What can I do to stop my hair from falling out?
This is where advice, differs from person to person.
We asked Lance for his personal professional opinion on helping men deal with hair loss and his approach with his male clients who have hair loss concerns are as follows.
Lance first suggests that his clients understand the cause of their hair loss and to seek medical attention if needed.
Next, he suggests that men should ask if they want to embrace or treat their hair loss (male pattern baldness).
Embracing it is simple as we evolve with cuts and styles that keep the hair looking stylish and full until baldness overtakes the hair
If Lance’s clients seek to treat their hair loss
If Lance’s clients seek to treat their hair loss, whether their hair will grow back (alopecia, stress, surgery,etc) or not (male pattern baldness), Lance suggests you can follow the same thought process or regimen. He supports his clients by first of all recommending stress management through exercise, diet and vitamins. Next, he describes and recommends his solutions from the least invasive, in-salon services and at-home care products (topical) to more invasive (drugs and surgery) and escalating only if we are not seeing the results we are hoping for within 4-6 months.
best hair loss products for men
Lance recommends that the first step in treating hair loss would be to invest in the right hair products. The products you choose to use on your hair determines how healthy your scalp will be and this will ultimately impact on how your hair will grow.
This first stage in fighting hair loss starts by eliminating any toxic products that you are using on your hair frequently. For many of us, we use products to clean our hair daily but do not understand the damage some chemicals and toxins can have on our hair and scalp. You need to be sure that the shampoos,treatments and styling products you are using are helping to keep your hair and scalp healthy and not damaging your potential hair growth.
Through Lance’s many years of experience helping his clients fight hair loss, he recommends the following products to be the most effective to optimize your hair growth and maintain a healthy scalp:
Salon services for HAIR LOSS
For men whose hair loss is temporary, products to help speed up hair growth and the right hair cut can often camouflage the issue until it grows.
For men whose hair loss is permanent and is increasing, products will help slow the process while the right hair cut will ensure you are stylish until you simply cut your hair right down.
WHAT STYLE WOULD SUIT ME?
Here are some celebrities working with varied styles that work at any length of hair.
Depending on your stage of h
air loss and your goals,Lance suggests escalating to the medication solution only once you have tried the product solutions. For many men, hair loss can be slowed down simply by using the right hair products. Additionally he always recommends seeking advice from your doctor before considering any of the following.
However, if your hair loss is at a stage where you feel you need to escalate and take the next step, medication could be the next best solution.
Luckily, these days there are many different medical treatments for male hair-loss. But only a few have been backed with proven evidence and results.
The top 2 medication treatments for hair loss with proven results are Minoxidil by Rogaine and Finasteride by Propecia. The two products below are the only treatments that have specific FDA and European Medicines Agency (EMA) approval for treating hair loss.
Rogaine foam is applied to the areas on the scalp experiencing hair loss and is massaged into the area twice a day. The foam revitalizes hair follicles to help activate the hair growth cycle in men.
The foam has been clinically shown to reduce hair loss in 90% of men who used it for 4 months. The foam dries quickly so you’re able to style your hair after it has dried and it’s easy to fit into your daily routine.
To get Rogaine foam you can order a 3-month supply through the Rogaine website here.
Finasteride is approved by both the FDA and EMA and is seen as one of the best treatments available for male hair loss.
Finasteride has been proven to slow further hair loss and develop the growth of new hair. The treatment is in the form of an oral tablet (1mg) once per day. Results are usually seen after 3 months of taking the treatment.
Taking finasteride reduces the scalp’s DHT levels and works to help hair to regrow. DHT affects the hair follicles causing them to shrink resulting in thinner hair. By lowering the DHT levels, finasteride allows for the hair follicles to grow resulting in thicker hair and hair growth in areas that had previously stopped in growth.
To get Finasteride, you will need to book an appointment with your doctor to get a prescription for male pattern baldness.
For advanced hair loss, and for those who seek additional solutions, hair transplant surgery can help recover a full head of hair. With new advances in technology over the last 10 years this has now become more of a common solution for male hair loss globally.
Before considering this option it’s important to talk to your doctor first to understand what you can expect before, during and after the surgery.
Here are some of the most common questions regarding hair surgery solutions:
WHAT IS HAIR TRANSPLANT SURGERY?
Hair transplant surgery is the type of surgery that removes hair from an area of your body that already has hair and is moved to an area with thin or no hair. There are typically 2 methods for the hair transplant: the Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS) or Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
Follicular Unit Strip
The surgeon will remove a strip of skin from the back of your head and sews the scalp closed so the area is immediately hidden.
Follicular Unit Extraction
With the FUE procedure, the surgeon will shave the back of your head and the doctor will remove the hair follicles one by one. This area will then heal with small dots that your existing hair will cover.
With both procedures, once the removal of the hair is complete the second stage will be the same no matter the transplant method. For the final stage, the surgeon will clean and numb the area where the hair is to be placed creating holes and placing each graft in one of the holes.
When choosing to have hair transplant surgery, choose your surgeon carefully as the final look will ultimately come down to the experience of the person doing the transplant.
EXPECTATION AFTER SURGERY?
Once the surgery is complete your scalp will be tender, and you will have to wear head bandages over your scalp for 2 days. Most patients are prescribed antibiotics and can return to work after 5 days.
After 3 months, you will notice the transplanted hair will fall out, but new hair will start to grow after a couple of months. Most people see a 60% growth in hair after 6 months of their surgery.
To help with the hair growth after surgery, many people use Rogaine to assist the growth of new hair.
COSTS OF HAIR TRANSPLANT SURGERY?
The cost of hair transplant surgery depends based on how much hair you will be moving, your location and the experience of the surgeon.
As mentioned above, make sure you go with an experienced surgeon as this will largely determine how successful the result of surgery will be. Typically, most hair transplant surgery costs between $6,000 to $20,000
RISKS OF SURGERY?
As with all surgery, there are some risks and hair transplant surgery is no different. Some risks include bleeding and infections with unnatural hair growth and scarring on the skin.
It is highly recommended that before going ahead with the surgery that you talk with your doctor regarding the risks in detail, so you are in total understanding.
BY CONSULTING YOUR DOCTOR, THEY WILL THEN BE ABLE TO ADVISE WHETHER THE HAIR TRANSPLANT SURGERY IS A GOOD OPTION FOR YOU GIVEN YOUR SITUATION.
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