Where a king wears his crown, an everyday man wears his hair. More than just a matter of pride, a head full of lush hair is an indicator of a man’s vitality as well. And that is why when hair loss occurs, it can lead to a severe loss of confidence and acute social embarrassment.
If you have been experiencing hair loss, don’t worry. The condition is more common than you think. According to the US National Library of Medicine, more than 50% of all men over the age of 50 will be affected by male pattern baldness to some extent. Male pattern baldness is common in India with more than 10 million cases per year. The statistics are not meant to scare, merely to reassure you that you are not alone in your efforts to reclaim your precious crown.
In this post, you will find some useful information and some effective treatments for hair loss.
Causes And Treatment
Male hair loss, medically known as androgenetic alopecia, occurs due to changes in hormonal levels. Apart from biological factors, the health of your hair is also affected by psychological stress, nutritional deficiency, and infections. The most important factor, however, is your genetics.
The genes you are born with can cause shrinkage of the hair/hair follicles, progressively causing thinning of hair until no new hair growth is possible. But this does not mean that the relationship between your hair and you needs to end like a tragic love story.
Rx is the superhero saviour that your hair is looking for. Baldness can certainly be treated with a proper course from professional medical experts in the form of medications, laser, light therapies, PRP, or hair transplantation.
The other effective treatment is Finasteride that blocks the enzyme 5x – Reductase, which converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). By blocking the enzyme, less DHT is produced. This mechanism allows hair to regrow from the follicles that were due to DHT, thus preventing further hair loss.
Types Of Hair Loss
Hair loss and baldness may seem like a singular condition, but you may be surprised to know that there are various forms of the condition:
a) Male pattern baldness – Permanent hair loss from the scalp, causing baldness. It is predominantly genetic.
b) Alopecia Areata – Sudden hair loss that stars with patches on the scalp. Over a period, there are multiple patches that start to overlap. It usually occurs when the immune system, due to stress, attacks the hair follicle. Experts usually treat more than a million cases in India.
c) Telogen Effluvium – The hair starts to fall out after a stressful experience, the hair follicles are pushed into the resting phase: the hair grows normally but does not stay for long, shedding prematurely.
d) Anagen Effluvium – Abnormal or rapid hair loss during first phase of the hair growth cycle. Caused by chemotherapy or exposure to certain chemicals.
How To Treat Hair Loss
Hair loss that lasts for 3 months or more needs medical intervention. It is advisable to seek a physician for appropriate consultation.
The condition can be treated in the following ways:
1) Medications – Minoxidil, Finasteride, Dutasteride, Capinyl, Vitamin D3, Iron supplements, biotin supplements and shampoos.
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2) Laser and light therapy – A course of laser therapy can last from 6-12 months, improving the blood circulation to the hair roots and increasing absorption of essential hair serum into the scalp. However, FDA has not approved them for efficacy
3) Hair Transplant – It involves taking hair from another part of your body and grafting it on the desired area of the scalp. Hair is usually taken from the back of the scalp as they are more resistant to androgens.
4) PRP and Stem-cell Procedures – Growth factors ( hair stimulants) are extracted or taken from your own blood and used on the scalp for hair growth.
Reclaim Your Crown
Most men will experience some form of hair loss in the course of their lives. The good news is that medical science, as well as good nutrition and healthy lifestyle habits, can not only prevent balding, but can reverse its effects.
Get in touch with us if you are suffering from symptoms related to hair loss.