Balding Issues For Men
Balding is not a laughing matter for the person who is losing their hair. Everyone else may be making jokes about “chrome dome” and you might laugh along on the outside, but on the inside you are crying out for help. The fact is, there are treatments for balding that work and choosing which one to use is based on where you are at in the baldness spectrum. The best way to treat balding is to start early as soon as you notice extra hairs falling out on your pillow or in the shower. The earlier you start the sooner you will see relief and the better the chance for success.
Cause Of Baldness
95% of men who are going bald have a condition known as Androgenetic Alopecia. This is a genetic condition that is passed down from your mother’s or your father’s side of the family. You may have heard it referred to by its more common name, Male Pattern Baldness (MPB). Like the name implies, when a man develops a bald head due to this condition he tends to lose his hair in a certain pattern. Most men start with a receding hair line and then lose hair back toward the crown. Others may start with hair balding at the crown and not lose it at the front.
Regardless of the pattern, what is the cause of the hair loss is a hormonal metabolite known as DHT or dihydrotestosterone. The DHT attacks the hair follicles and actually stops them from producing hair material. The hair falls out and you have a bald spot on your head. There are two keys to stopping this loss of hair. You can either slow down production of DHT or inhibit the DHT from bonding with the hair follicles.
There are two drugs that have been approved by the FDA as being effective as a baldness cure. They are Finasteride and Minoxidil. Both of these drugs need to be used early in the process to limit the amount of hair lost. Once the DHT has attacked the hair follicles and caused them to stop production it is very hard to get them energized again. In fact, most of the time the follicle is encased in fibrotic material and it is basically entombed.
If you don’t stop the balding problem early then you are forced to look at some other cure for baldness. You will probably need to have a hair implantation procedure if you want hair on your bald spot. With this baldness treatment, a surgeon removes growing hair follicles from the back of the head and implants then into the area with hair loss so they can grow like your natural hair. This method works well for someone who is going bald but it is expensive. The cheapest alternative is to treat the condition before the hair actually falls out.
Going bald is not laughing matter but you can find relief from the jokes.