Keep Your Hair: Treating Male Pattern Baldness
Hair loss can be an emotionally devastating disorder. Many men suffering from male pattern baldness feel unattractive and self-conscious due to their hair loss. It is important that you stay positive and hopeful in spite of your hair loss condition. Your hair loss does not necessarily have to be permanent. Thankfully, with modern medicine it just may be possible to stop the progression of your hair loss and even grow back some new hair. This article contains helpful information that will be useful to anyone dealing with hair loss due to genetic male pattern baldness.
Although there are literally thousands of snake oil products claiming to treat hair loss, the truth is that there are only two medications proven to be effective in growing back hair and halting the typical horseshoe progression of male pattern baldness. The most effective hair loss treatment is finasteride, which is sold under the brand name Propecia. This oral medication, which is available only with a doctor’s prescription, works by reducing scalp levels of the hormone DHT. Finasteride must be taken every day for the rest of your life in order to maintain its effectiveness. If you stop taking finasteride for any reason, any hairs that have grown back will eventually fall out and the progression of your hair loss pattern will resume. Finasteride is better at maintaining hair count and preventing further hair loss than it is at growing back lost hair, so you should consider going on the medication at the earliest sign of hair loss. If you are lucky you might be able to keep nearly all of your hair. Before deciding to take finasteride, be sure to talk to your doctor about all possible side effects. Minoxidil, sold as Rogaine, is the other medication scientifically proven to grow hair. Unlike finasteride, minoxidil is available over-the-counter without a prescription and is a liquid topical medication. You apply minoxidil directly to the areas of your scalp that you want to grow hair. It should be applied once or twice per day, morning and/or night. It is mainly effective in growing hair in the vertex area of the scalp. It usually won’t grow back hairlines. Similar to finasteride, you must continue using minoxidil for as long as your wish to maintain its benefits. If you stop using it, the hair it has grown back will fall out. Using finasteride and minoxidil together in combination is your best bet. Do not waste money on other magical natural supplements claiming to be able to grow back all of your hair. These are all scams.
If finasterid and minoxidil do not work for you, you may want to research hair transplants. Just be very careful. Some hair transplants look good, but others look absolutely awful. The quality of hair transplant that you receive depends entirely on the skill and experience of the doctor performing the operation. Use the Internet to look for recommendations and carefully study before and after photos and videos.
You do not necessarily have to accept losing your hair. By taking action you may be able to enjoy the type of hair you’ve always wanted. Good luck!