Hair loss treatment for men – What’s possible in 2019?
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We spoke to the experts at Hair Restoration Blackrock about what's on offer
Hair loss treatment has come a long way in recent years. Once upon a time your only option was to embrace baldness, but today there are options.
It’s more acceptable than ever, and people are far more open about the procedures they’ve had. Hardly a week goes by without another celebrity going public about a transplant.
It’s a pretty high profile list too, which includes A-listers like Al Pacino, James Nesbitt and Matthew McConaughey. Who wouldn’t want to join this ensemble?
However as always when it comes to the internet, it can be difficult to know whose advice to trust. If you think hair loss is bad, permanent scalp damage is sure to be ten times worse.
There’s one source that you can rely on, and that’s Hair Restoration Blackrock (HRBR). They spoke to us about the treatments that are available. See what knowledge they had to share below.
Treatments that work
Minoxidil and Finasteride
There are two US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medications, which have proven effective as a hair loss treatment in more than 80% of male users with male pattern hair loss.
An estimated 1 million men in the United States take finasteride daily. Most men taking the medicine experienced an increase in hair count, a decrease in hair loss, and an improvement in appearance.
- Minoxidil is available in topical and oral (tablet) form. Regaine is the brand name for the topically applied minoxidil solution which can be purchased over-the-counter.
- Finasteride is an oral medication which blocks the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the form of the hormone that causes male pattern baldness. It has been available in Ireland and the UK for over 25 years and has been widely used during this time for the treatment of male pattern hair loss.
Hair Transplant Surgery
A hair transplant is the only permanent treatment for hair loss. The procedure involves the artistic redistribution of hair follicles from the back of the head into the balding areas of the scalp, to create a natural-looking appearance. The transplanted hair will stay on a patient’s head for the rest of their life without the need for medications.
There are two ways in which the hair is harvested in a hair transplant. In an FUT hair transplant a thin strip of skin containing hair is surgically removed from the area around the back and sides of a patient’s head. In an FUE hair transplant follicular units are taken individually from the scalp using a blunt-tipped punch tool.
The optimal treatment plan for many patients is the combination of medical and surgical treatment. With the medical treatments helping to hold onto the hair that they have left and the surgical treatment treating the areas where the hair has thinned or has been lost completely.
Treatments to avoid
Laser Hair Combs and Laser Hats
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) that is delivered by many commercial companies through the use of a comb or hat is widely promoted as being able to increase hair growth with daily use. However, the scientific studies on this are limited and the anecdotal evidence from patients indicate that little benefit is seen with their use. Given the laser comb or hat is usually required to be used daily these instruments can result in much inconvenience with little benefit.
Many myths exist regarding hair loss, including some around diet and nutrition. Good nutrition can positively affect the quality, but not the quantity of hair, so it is not a factor in hair loss. There are currently no supplements that have been proven to provide an effective treatment for hair loss.
Hair Loss Shampoos
Some shampoos do have an ability to thicken the hair temporarily between shampoos however once washed out, the results disappear. There is no shampoo for thinning hair that has been scientifically proven to make hair grow stronger or to stop the progression of male pattern hair loss.
The one exception to this is Ketoconazole shampoo “Nizoral”. Limited clinical studies suggest this shampoo used either alone or in combination with other treatments may be useful in reducing hair loss.
Scalp micropigmentation is a method of masking hair loss in men. Micropigmentation is a cosmetic procedure, a form of permanent make up that involves depositing pigment into the skin's dermal layer. Micropigmentation is similar to a tattoo, however, the pigments used are introduced less deeply into the skin using a different needle and have a different composition from tattoo inks.
Hair has mass and texture which the procedure cannot replicate, therefore hair transplant surgery is usually a preferable treatment to micropigmentation.
In recent months, a company in the UK hit the headlines claiming to be able to freeze hair follicles in a “Hair Bank” for future cloning. While the idea is very interesting, hair cloning technology is many years away from being perfected in humans. Even when cloning technology advances, the majority of men always retain hair in the donor region and therefore the best place to harvest hair to be used for cloning is from the patient’s own head.
These banked frozen hair follicles may be better used being transplanted into the patients thinning areas today. With a finite donor area every hair is precious. This could also be a costly endeavour with a yearly fee being charged for keeping your hair in the bank.
For more information on hair loss treatment and hair transplant surgery visit the Hair Restoration Blackrock website. At Hair Restoration Blackrock (HRBR), you will always meet with a trained doctor, never a salesperson.
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