1. What are the causes?
2. What are the treatment options for hair loss in men?
3. Can I defy genes despite a family history of baldness?
4. How can I find restoration help?

 

1. What are the causes?

 
When men notice they’re balding, they blame a number of things including water, diet or any hair cosmetic they’ve recently started using. It is ok to be suspicious of these things, because they may be the cause, but a systematic investigation is necessary to know the exact reason behind your balding. It is advisable to seek help of a dermatologist or trichologist to investigate the underlying cause of hair loss. Almost every man has to face some degree of balding and hair thinning in his life. If you understand the common causes behind this condition, you can take better care of your mane, and work with your dermatologist to find the cause if anything goes wrong.
 
a) Genetic factors: Hair loss in men is embedded in their genes! It is usually predetermined when a man will start losing hair, and how much he will lose in his lifetime. Other things certainly affect balding, by lessening or accelerating it, but genetics still remains the most common factor.
 
b) Harmful cosmetics: Hair straightening and perming products are prime examples of highly harmful cosmetics. After genes, harmful cosmetic use is one big cause of balding. They accelerate genetic hair loss; they even permanently damage hair follicles of people with no genetic predisposition of balding. Hairstyling products are usually not as quick in damaging hair strands or your follicles. However, long-term use or abuse certainly causes your strands to become weak and fall out. This damage can be temporary or permanent, depending on the severity of the damage.
 
c) Scalp diseases: Many scalp diseases can cause balding, both temporary or permanent. The key to avoid this type of hair loss in men is timely treatment. Consult your dermatologist as soon as you notice any scalp disease or excessive balding.
 
d) Nutritional deficiency: Proper nutrition is necessary for every aspect of physical and mental health. Diet deficient in essential nutrition can cause balding. Usually, these symptoms are temporary and hair starts to grow back after a few months of taking proper nutrition.
 
e) Physical or mental shock: Any kind of extreme physical and mental shock can cause excessive balding. Chronic illness, accident, and surgery are examples of physical shock. A stressful event can cause mental shock and affect hair health.
 
f) Medication: Balding due to medication is not very common. However, long-term use of some medications can cause temporary or permanent baldness. Cancer medication and chemotherapy can result in extreme cases. However, in most cases, hair starts to grow back after six to eight months of cessation of the treatment.
 

2. What are the treatment options for hair loss in men?

 
Hair loss treatment for men depends on the underlying cause. Genes are responsible for baldness, especially in men, most of the time. However, we do not have any effective way to stop our genes from damaging our hair. We have some options to control genetic balding to some extent. But these options are just temporary measures to slow down or stop genetic balding. Hair transplant is a very good opportunity to regain strands lost due to our genes. Let us have a look at hair loss treatments available for men for you and your doctor to choose from.
 
a) Eliminating the cause: Whenever you notice balding, you must consult a dermatologist or a trichologist for proper investigation of the underlying cause. If the cause can be diagnosed and treated, you can save your hair from further damage, and even reverse your balding in some situations. Although, there is no cure for genetic induced baldness, still, you must be sure that your individual condition is due to genetic reasons, not some other treatable cause.
 
b) Hair transplant: In most situations, a transplant is the most effective method to regain lost strands. Most of the time, men face baldness due to their genes, and a transplant is very effective for cases of genetic balding. As this condition only affects strands at the front and top of the head. A transplant extracts unaffected hair follicles from the back and side of the head and plants them to the affected areas. These planted strands start growing in their new place.
 
c) Medication: Two medications are particularly effective to control balding. DHT (dihydrotestosterone) is a hormone that signals our follicles to stop producing hair. A medication, called Finasteride, can inhibit the production of DHT. However, it is not a permanent solution, and inhibiting DHT production has some side effects associated with it. Minoxidil is a topical solution to stimulate hair growth. It does not produce dramatic effects, and the results vary from person to person.
 
d) Laser therapy: While a strong laser can kill hair follicles, low-level lasers can stimulate growth. Again, the effects of this treatment are not dramatic, and you maintain your mane as long as you continue using low-level laser therapy.
 

3. Can I defy genes despite a family history of baldness?

 
Currently, there is no treatment available to prevent genetic balding. However, certain measures can control the symptoms to a considerable extent. Furthermore, several factors can cause premature balding. If you have a family history of such a condition, the following tips can help to control the symptoms. Your genes will still affect it, but you can get the most out of your natural resource.
 
a) Processing: Many hair-processing options are available nowadays. The most important to avoid are straightening and perming. Furthermore, you should avoid dramatic changes in your hair colour through dyes. Do not use ironing. Dry your mane naturally, but if you must use a blow dryer, use it without heat or with minimum heat setting.
 
b) Styling products: If you have a family history of baldness, you should be extra cautious about the use of styling products. A product may not affect hair of your friend who does not have a family history of balding. However, the same product may induce balding to a person with a family history of such a condition. Limit the use of such products to shampoo and conditioner. When using styling products, choose safer products and use them less frequently.
 
c) Consult a trichologist: Consult a dermatologist or a trichologist as soon as you notice an excessive amount of balding. It is easy to control hair loss than regaining lost strands.
 

4. How can I find help restoration help?

 
You should discuss your hair health concerns with a qualified doctor. HTA (Hair Transplant Australia) offers free consulting by experienced doctors and hair transplant surgeons. Fill free consultation form and let the experienced staff guide you.