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Hair Loss & Male Pattern Baldness Treatments

Mar 26, 2008
Most men will have lost some hair, and will, most likely display an amount of graying, by the time they reach the age of 55. There are various types of hair loss and balding but the type that develops in a particular pattern is known as male pattern baldness.

Alopecia is the medical name for hair loss and androgenetic alopecia is the correct medical name for the type of hair loss known as Male pattern baldness (MPB). MPB is generally caused by the effects of a hormone, dihydrotestosterone, upon the hair follicles found on the scalp.

Surprising to many is the fact that MPB can make an appearance at any time between the ages of around twenty to as late as fifty. The early signs are receding of the hair line, which is not uncommon in younger men. How fast or aggressive the hair loss is depends on many factors but the most important are the genetic factors.

The need to look good has always been important but today's society seems to be focused on the need to look young and healthy at all times. One of the most obvious signs of aging, besides wrinkles, is male pattern baldness. It should, therefore, come as little surprise that the industry involved hair loss is massive. Luckily the drug companies are always looking for a miracle cure for baldness and, happily, there are a few things that we can do to combat MPB.

Until recently, because male pattern baldness is more of an eventuality than a medical condition, there was very little that could be done other than some rather experimental cosmetic surgery (which was often a disaster) or the use of wigs and hair pieces (which could lead to some embarrassing situations). Happily, in recent years, there have been a couple of medical breakthroughs that have helped to create two incredible treatments for MPB.

One of the treatments for MPB which is becoming widely known is Rogaine which uses the magic ingredient called Minoxidil. Minoxidil stops hair loss from the scalp but it has to be used all the time as stoping using this topical medication results in the resumption of hair loss.

Another chemical, Finasteride, halts hair loss and MPB by stoping the bodies production of dihydrotestosterone. Found in products such as Proscar and Propecia, Finasteride is an oral medication. Unfortunately, just like with Minoxidil, if you stop taking it the hair loss starts again.

One of the best, and most expensive, solutions is cosmetic surgery. Although there have been massive improvements in cosmetic surgery for male pattern baldness you need to be very careful that you get it done at a reputable clinic. As with any type of surgery, cosmetic surgery carries an element of risk and it should not be entered into without serious planning and investigation.

The last treatment for male pattern baldness that we shall investigate is not really a treatment, rather, it is a solution to a problem. Wigs have been available for thousands of years and are still a popular solution to hair loss. Available as smaller hair pieces it is important that you do not opt for the cheapest wigs. Good quality wigs are made from real hair and are therefore rather expensive. However the results are spectacular.
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