Fighting hair loss

Hair loss in men can be governed by a number of factors, the most common being male pattern baldness, a genetic condition that affects 1 in 4 Caucasian men who have the highest rates. Male pattern baldness is a natural process whereby the hair follicles shrink over a period of time due to the effects of male hormones and cause the hair to grow more sparsely on certain areas of the scalp. There is usually a U-shape pattern of sparser growth beginning around the sides and back of the head, eventually moving towards the crown area and often accompanied by the beginnings of a receding hair line. These days this isn’t quite the harbinger of old age most men once felt it to be, shaven heads are generally considered fashionable and attractive.

But what if you are a man in your 20s who still feels that this look is aging for you?

What if your hair is something you believe sets you apart from the crowd or you just enjoy the confidence that a full head of hair brings?

The good news is that there are whole numbers of surgical and non-surgical hair restoration treatments available for male hair loss. The not so good news is that because male hair loss is considered “natural” all of these hair restoration treatments are either available only privately or over the counter.

If you are suffering from mild hair loss and are just starting to notice that receding hairline there are a number of topical hair restoration treatments such as Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo and Minoxidil lotion that are available over the counter. Alpecin has been shown to halt hair loss while Minoxidil also promotes hair regrowth while it is used. Unfortunately these effects diminish as soon as the products are discontinued. Finasteride is another medication that can significantly halt hair loss and improve hair regrowth while it is used. Finasteride is available in tablet form by private prescription and should be taken for at least three months for hair regrowth effects to be seen and again if the treatment is discontinued the effects disappear. Laser therapy is another excellent option for those with early signs of hair loss as the effects of the laser on hair follicles have been shown to promote hair regrowth if used regularly and for as long as the therapy is used.

As discussed elsewhere on these pages there are also methods of adding hair temporarily through weaves and extensions which may be a suitable option for many candidates depending on hair length and the extent of the hair loss.

For a more permanent solution, a hair transplant may be the most effective method of hair restoration. Many men have considered the surgical route to hair restoration but fear that they won’t get the kind of effect they desire while others may turn out not be suitable candidates for this procedure. If you are considering this option and would like to discuss it with a hair restoration expert you will be invited to attend a consultation where your medical history and the possible types of procedures available to you will be discussed. If you are a suitable candidate for surgical hair restoration the one most suitable to your own circumstance decided upon. With 20 years’ experience of transplant surgery in the American sector – the most heavily regulated anywhere – Dr Katona and his staff have a vast wealth of knowledge on the topic and you can be assured you are in good hands from day one of the process.

Whatever your questions regarding hair loss and hair restoration techniques, Katona Hair Restoration can provide you with the answers and we welcome enquiries about all levels of hair loss and the best methods

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