3 effective ways for Hair Loss Treatments
A good percentage of men around the world experience hair loss as they grow older. In most cases, the condition is genetic. Other cases are rooted in different medical conditions. Whatever the case, hair loss does not have to be a permanent condition. There are several treatment options for the condition.
With that said, it is important to note that the hair loss industry works much like the weight loss industry- most of the hair treatments advertised do not work at all. On the bright side, some have been tested and even approved by the FDA, meaning that they do work, at least for most people.
What are the Hair Loss Treatments Available?
Finasteride has been used to treat hair loss since the late 1990’s. It was approved by the FDA, specifically for hair loss treatment, at around that time. It is worth noting that Finasteride was originally used as a treatment for swollen testicles, and its effectiveness as a hair loss treatment was discovered rather accidentally.
To understand how the medication works, it is necessary to go into the science behind hair loss. The loss of hair occurs when the hair follicles start to shrink, hence producing thinner and weaker hairs which can be easily shed off. Shrinking of hair follicles is caused by the androgen dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is produced from testosterone.
So to prevent the hair follicles from shrinking, this drug will prevent testosterone from being converted to DHT. This is done by inhibiting 5-alpha-reductase, the enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT.
Practically, the medication has been proven to work in about 85 percent of the cases where it was used. It is also recommended by many reputable organizations, including the American Hair Loss Association.
Minoxidil is another drug that has been used for many years to treat hair loss. It was actually the first drug that was approved by the FDA for this specific purpose. Taken in the form of pills, this drug has been known to help slow down the loss of hair, and also help in hair regrowth. As such, the drug can be used for regular hair care even before actual hair loss sets in.
It is important to note that the drug does not have long lasting effects. It actually solves the surface of the issue, much like a wig would do. So you might have to take it for as long as you would like to keep your hair. Once you stop, you will resume hair loss at your normal rate.
Although much more expensive, surgery can also solve your hair loss problems. The process simply involves getting hair follicles from one part of your body and transplanting them at a part where you are balding.
Surgery will only work in cases where hair is lost only in a part of the head, and there is enough region covered by the hair for the surgeon to make use of. For the surgery to work effectively, your dermatologist might advise you to take hair treatment medications as well.
These three treatments can help in your hair growth or regrowth. If they are beyond your budget or fail to work, you can still opt to use a wig or hairpiece. These can be paid for by your insurance.