Dispelling myths about hair loss in men is almost as important as choosing a treatment.
What causes baldness in men?
Why do some men lose hair faster than others? If a man goes bald at a young age will his sons also lose their hair early in life? These are questions that people ask when facing hair loss in the men of their family. While not all the causes for hair loss, thinning or shedding is known, there are some conclusions about what does not cause hair loss in men. Dispelling myths concerning hair loss in men is an important step in helping others avoid solutions that are not only cheating clients of their money but may be harming them as well.
Myths about Hair Loss in Men
The following are three of the more common myths about hair loss in men and responses to them:
- Myth #1: Stress causes hair to thin and eventually fall out. Response: Aside from the 50-100 hairs that fall out naturally every day, the only way to lose hair due solely to stress is to pull them out by hand.
- Myth #2: Prolonged use of hats reduces circulation to the scalp causing hair loss. Response: There is no connection between hair loss in men and restricted circulation due to hats, ponytails or anything else.
- Myth #3: Sweat and dirt causes hair loss in men. Response: If this were true then heavy laborers would have greater incidents of hair loss than men who work in an office. As anyone with an ingrown hair knows, it takes much more than sweat or dirt to stop a hair from growing!
The most common and likely causes for hair loss in men are hormonal changes and inflammation. No matter which treatment is chosen, addressing changing hormone balances and reducing scalp or follicle inflammation are usually part of the solution for combating hair loss in men.
Male Balding and What to do About it
The actual term for male balding is androgenetic alopecia. This condition is a disorder cased by an imbalance of the hormone DHT or dihydrotestosterone. This condition, though misnamed in earlier years male balding actually affects both males and females globally at a rate of 50% after the age of 50 years.
What can be done about male balding?
There are some very good options for anyone suffering from male balding in this modern age of cosmetic surgery and medical marvels. Cosmetic procedures targeting male balding have become very sophisticated and refined in the past decade.
Surgeons dealing largely with male balding frequently use a combination of techniques to bring the sufferer of male balding a return to a natural and full head of hair. A procedure known as scalp reduction actually removes a portion of the scalp that is bald and pulls other portions of more densely haired scalp up into that position. This works very well for bald spots at the crown of the head. Hair transplants are now performed by highly skilled plastic surgeons involving the use of very small donor patches which are then dissected into yet smaller grafts using a microscope and then implanted one or two follicles at a time. Much study has been done and surgeons can now create very natural hair lines using these smaller grafts.
There are also some very effective medications used for male balding. These pharmaceuticals are often used to halt the loss of hair and to re-grow hair. A treatment involving the topical use of minoxidil and/or an oral dose of finasteride is very good for stopping and even reversing some hair loss due to male balding. People who have had cosmetic surgery for male balding often follow up the procedure with the use of either minoxidil or finasteride to prevent the loss of the transplanted hair.