Male pattern baldness accounts for over 70% of hair loss cases in men, according to a recent survey. This type of hair loss is caused by a combination of genetics and hormones. Dihydrotestosterone is considered as the main culprit behind androgenic miniaturization of the hair follicles and the condition runs in the family. If you can spot numerous shiny heads in your family, chances are that sooner or later you are also going to join them. While androgenic miniaturization of hair follicles is considered permanent, there are numerous ways to reverse male pattern baldness. To know your options, continue reading.
First thing that you can do for your hair health is a change in diet. Believe it or not, male pattern baldness, in its initial stages, can be stopped and even reversed by consuming right foods. Nutritionists recommend Androgenic Alopecia patients to consume low-fat, sugar balancing diet, for it not only helps control insulin levels but also regulates testosterone production. Your diet plan should contain 30% lean protein obtained from plant and animal sources, 30% mono-saturated fats from whole nuts and cold pressed veggies and 40% carbohydrates from fruits, vegetables and beans. Also include fibrous fruits and vegetables in your daily diet, while limit your alcohol and caffeine consumption. Nicotine is also a big no for hair loss patients.
Dietary changes mostly work as a preventive measure. If you wish to regrow lost hair, there are numerous treatments available. Low Light Laser Therapy offers the easiest and probably the safest solution. You can get the treatment in a clinic or use laser combs in the comfort of home. Laser therapy is believed to work by stimulating blood circulation in the scalp. This enhanced blood circulation helps strengthen the hair follicles, triggering healthy growth.
Laser therapy needs your times and patience it deliver. It usually takes up to a year to show any signs of hair regrowth. But if you are seeking a quicker, non-surgical hair loss solution, you can always opt for medicines. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved numerous medicines for male pattern baldness treatment. Minoxidil is an over the counter topical application that has proven results in controlling and reversing mild to moderate male pattern hair loss, with a success rate of over 30%. Finasteride is a prescription oral pill for male pattern baldness, used to treat advanced stages of hair loss. It has a success rate of over 50%.
Medicines are really effective in natural hair regrowth, but they offer a highly temporary solution, as hair loss returns as soon as the treatment is discontinued. To benefit from a medicinal treatment, you have to stick to it for the rest of your life. If you are seeking a lasting hair loss treatment, PRP Hair Loss Therapy may be worth considering. Platelet Rich Plasma is extracted from the patient’s own blood and injected into the entire scalp, focusing on thinning or bald areas of the scalp. Growth factors in PRP stimulate adult stem cells in damaged hair tissues, ultimately stimulating hair growth. Effects of a single PRP treatment generally last for at least a year. However, this can vary from person to person depending on the extent of baldness. Reinjection may be needed after that to maintain the results of the treatment.
PRP Therapy also offers a temporary solution that lasts at most for two years. The only permanent solution for male pattern baldness to date is a Hair Transplant Surgery. The surgery involves extracting baldness resistant hair follicles from the scalp or other parts of the body – chest, back, thighs etc – and implants them in the areas of need. Since these follicles are resistant to DHT, they retain these characteristics even after change in location and do not fall off.
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