Men's hair loss treatment options - Alpha Male Nation
Men’s hair loss treatment options
Hair loss is among the most well-known and popular health conditions. Men and women alike experience the negative effects of thinning hair all around the globe. Besides making one feel embarrassed and bringing down one’s self-regard, hair loss talks about a health condition.
Hair loss might be caused by hormonal issues, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, or other serious conditions like auto-immune diseases. Although hair loss is not dangerous but rather emotionally overwhelming, we should not forget that it is a health condition after all. Therefore, it should not be ignored or treated superfluously.
Men and hair loss
The most common cause of hair loss, in women and men alike, is related to genetics. It is believed that heredity is the one to be blamed for 95% of the hair loss cases. Other health issues like vitamin and mineral deficiencies, stress, illnesses, medications, and diet account for the remaining 5%.
Now, in order to find a treatment that could help you stop hair loss and help new hair to grow, you need to see your doctor for the cause of your hair loss to be identified. If you have some hormonal imbalance and you treat your hair loss with vitamins and minerals, it is very likely for your problem to persist. Therefore, if your sink gets populated with your hair and you want to stop that, make an appointment to see a doctor.
There are various causes of hair loss in men. The factors that lead to hair loss include:
- Mineral and vitamins deficiency. If your hair doesn’t get the nutrients it needs to stay strong and healthy, you will experience hair loss. The root cause might be related to your body’s capacity to absorb nutrients. There might be something related to your guts health. That’s why seeing your doctor is of such importance.
- Medications. The use of certain drugs can have hair loss as a side effect. Among such drugs, there are the medicines used to treat depression, gout, heart problems, and birth control pills. Not all the medicines used for such conditions lead to hair loss. Just check the prospect of the one you use to see if hair loss is among the side effects.
- Hormonal imbalance and thyroid diseases. If your thyroid doesn’t work properly, you might experience hair loss.
- Fungus infections or skin conditions – There are cases when the scalp is affected by certain conditions, and hair falls as a consequence.
Hair loss treatment options
Your doctor is the one to decide which option would work best for you depending on the cause of your hair loss. Now, there are several ways to treat your hair loss and they go as follows:
- Medication treatment
Just like in the case of other health conditions, drugs are the most accessible treatment when it comes to hair loss as well. Although they can get pricey sometimes, depending on the brand you go for and the length of your treatment period, they are often the ones most people with hair loss go for.
Out of the most popular hair loss drugs, Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia (finasteride) occupy the first position. They’re also the only drugs approved by FDA to treat hereditary hair loss. Therefore, if your cause is a different one, these particular drugs might not work for you but that is an issue only your doctor can say more about.
Rogaine is a lotion that is applied directly to one’s scalp. Although few people who’ve used the treatment noticed hair growth, many of them did see results in hair loss reduction.
Propecia is said to be the first pill to treat baldness in men. It can be taken only under a doctor’s care. As with other pill treatments, the results of Propecia will fail to appear or to be maintained if the treatment is interrupted.
- Hair replacement
If the cause of your hair loss cannot be eliminated by taking medications like the ones mentioned above, the only procedure left to enrich your hair once again is hair replacement. Usually, this is the option that men and women with male and, respectively, female-pattern baldness go for. People who lost hair due to burns or scalp injuries also opt for hair replacement.
There are several hair replacement methods and they include: slit grafting, micro-grafting, punch grafting, and scalp reduction. The hair method that works best depends on the hair loss type as well as the patient’s circumstances and desires.
There are cases in which not even hair replacement is an option. Such cases include women with a widespread or diffuse hair loss pattern, people who don’t have enough donor sites, and patients with keloid scars.
Hair replacement procedures are a bit pricey and, more often than not, the people who need it, cannot afford it. Plus, in order to achieve satisfactory results, several sessions are needed. This means more money and more time. Each session is usually followed by a healing period of 2 to 4 months. Leaving the budget and the time required for hair replacement aside, the hair replacement method is the most successful in getting the desired results.
Now, if your hair loss cause is related to genetics and no pill treatment works and you cannot afford a hair replacement procedure, just accept it. Keep one thing in mind: we all age and we all change. One’s beauty does not reside solely in one’s looks. Most people appreciate one’s soul, personality, ideas, and vision of life. You are not the number of your hair strands after all, are you?
Then, pay utmost attention to your lifestyle. Extreme stress, bad habits, sleep deprivation, all affect one’s health. Plus, extreme diets that stop your body from getting the nutrients it needs in order to function properly might cause your hair loss.
Make sure you lead a healthy lifestyle and eliminate the negative factors that might lead to hair loss. Sometimes, that is enough for your hair to stop falling. Still, always see your doctor when some health issue occurs. If your hair loss is not caused by something in particular and it’s only your restless lifestyle, consider a lifestyle revision. One little step a day will bring you major results with regards to your overall wellbeing, hair health included.