How do we address Hair Loss in Men - Androgenetic Alopecia?
The key lies in a combination of treatments, aimed to arrest the progression of hair loss and also to reverse the miniaturisation of the hair follicles.
Steps to Addressing Hair Loss In Men
(1) Anti Hair Loss Medications
Commonly, these include finasteride and minoxidil. The main consideration here is that it is a ongoing therapy, which means it will be a semi life long decision. If the decision here is to start and stop every now and then, this therapy will result in rebound hair losses rather than arresting the loss of hair.
(2) Stem Cell Hair Regeneration / Growth Factors
By utilising fats and hair grafts with technology to give a solution that is then reinjected back into the areas of poorer density. The improvement varies between 10 - 30% increase in density for patients.
(3) Low Level Laser Therapy
Employing the use of either a specialised helmet or comb that you can use a few days every week, the laser utilises red light to decrease inflammation, thereby allowing increased hair growth.
(4) Definitive Hair Restoration Using A Hair Transplant
A Hair Transplant still remains the definitive restoration by taking hair from the occipital region and grafting them to areas that are bald or have poor density. Results are definite and survival rate of the grafts ultimately depends on the team involved in the hair transplantation and also post treatment care.
**The diagnosis of how the hair loss happens remains the cornerstone before treatment can be instituted.
Though Androgenetic Alopecia remains the most common cause of hair loss, other causes must also be considered before moving on with therapy. Remember to ask your attending doctor for the diagnosis before proceeding with any treatment!
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