Hair forms a great part of one’s personality as it adds beauty to their looks and to their persona. All of us are very much concerned about our hair. But eventually hairs are easily subjected to damages which may lead to loss of hair. Baldness is a condition of partial or complete loss of hair, whereas, hair loss in the form of patches is known as alopecia areata.
This condition is more common in men. Loss of hair does not sound good at all. People do a lot to keep up the health of their hair and losing them can sound unpleasant to many.
How To Treat Male Baldness
Fortunately, the conditions of baldness in men can be treated. Although, treatment options in this field are quite limited, but they seem to be successful as many men are quite contended with the results they get from the treatments. Different treatments for male baldness are as under:
Minoxidil is a vasodilator and was originally used in the cases of high blood pressure. It posed side effects such as hair growth and this gave clue towards the development of a treatment to reverse baldness. Minoxidil is effective to treat the male pattern baldness and about more than half of men having minoxidil treatment for baldness are known to have benefited from it.The effects of minoxidil remain as long as its use continues. The side effects of minoxidil are not severe. It may include hair growth at other parts of the body and scalp irritation.
This drug was used for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia as it inhibits the 5 alpha reductaseenzyme. This enzyme converts the male hormone- testosterone into DHT (dihydrotestosterone) and this DHT can cause damage to hair follicles.
According to some research, a dose of 1mg/day of finasteride is known to have shown effects of hair growth in the areas of head which had gone bald. Its results take almost six months to appear. The effects of finasteride last as long as the drug is used. Side effects of this drug include decreased sex drive.
It is also a 5 alpha reductase enzyme but it differs from finasteride in a way that it inhibits both the types, type 1 and type 2 of the enzyme whereas, finasteride inhibits just type 2.Dutasteride is also approved for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
The above mentioned were some non-surgical treatments for male baldness. Surgical treatments involve grafting of natural hair from the back of the scalp onto the bald portion. This is known as hair transplantation. Small grafts of the natural hair are implanted very closely to each other. This is a minor operation which involves the use of local anesthetics.
It can be completed in one mega session or may take several sessions to complete the procedure. Another surgical treatment for male baldness is the laser therapy. Low level laser therapy, besides having other clinical applications, is used to stimulate hair growth. All the above mentioned treatments are useful. Depending upon on the reduction of your hair growth you can choose the one.