Male Pattern Baldness, known scientifically as androgenic alopecia, affects nearly 50% of men over the age of 50 and thousands more who are still in their thirties and forties. The American Hair Loss Association estimates that about 25 percent of men who are likely to have Male Pattern Baldness first become aware of signs of hair loss before they are 21 years old.
Some men take this hair loss in stride, living with their progressive balding without much concern. Others shave their heads the moment their loss of hair becomes obvious. However, many men find this hair loss disturbing and can become self-conscious about their looks. For these men, it’s great to know that Male Pattern Baldness is treatable.
Solutions and treatments for hair restoration:
Wigs, Hairpieces, and Toupees
The different types of hair replacement options; wig, hairpiece, and toupee are often used interchangeably. However, they are not identical. Here is a brief explanation of the three and the coverage each is designed to provide.
- Wigs: Used in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, the wig is one of the oldest of all hair replacement systems. The concept of a wig is that it is made of human, animal or artificial hair and is intended to cover the entire scalp and remain relatively static. Typically wigs are removed each night by the wearer and not worn during certain activities such as bathing.
- Hairpieces: In contrast to wigs, hairpieces are designed for a variety of kinds of coverage. Types of hairpieces include hair extensions, toupees, head-wraps and bangs. The coverage offered by each hairpiece depends on what you need. Unlike a wig, a hairpiece can be crafted to stay on during exercising, showering, and sleeping.
- Toupee: A toupee is a specialized type of hairpiece intended to cover baldness on the top of the head. This piece is usually held in place with two-sided special tape or liquid toupee glue and blends with existing hair on the sides and back of the head. Typically men use toupees to cover the top of the head to camouflage male pattern baldness.
Special Hair Styling
Certain hairstyles and combing techniques can help cover balding areas or work to minimize their effect on the overall appearance.
Weaves are synthetic or real human hair extensions that can be added to a man’s hair with different methods to add length or volume. They are supposed to look natural but don’t always.
Two frequently prescribed medications for hair loss are Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil). While these drugs do work for many, side effects and drug interactions can be a real problem.
Some side effects of Propecia include:
- Loss of interest in sex
- Trouble having an orgasm
- Swelling in hands and feet
- Breast tenderness
- Skin rash
The materials from the drug company also mention that the sexual side effects of this drug may continue after you stop taking it.
Some of the side effects men may experience from taking Rogaine are:
- Severe scalp irritation
- Unwanted growth of facial hair
- Chest pain
- Fast heartbeat
- Swelling of the hands or feet
- Rapid weight gain
- Lightheadedness (feeling like you might pass out)
- Dizziness or Confusion
- Changes in color or texture of the hair
Please note that when a patient stops taking either finasteride or minoxidil, he will lose any hair growth the drug has encouraged and continue to lose more at his natural rate.
Hair Transplant Surgery
The only long term hair restoration solution for male pattern baldness is hair transplantation surgery.
Hair transplantation is a process in which hair is taken from the back of the head, where it’s genetically programmed not to fall out, and put into areas where hair loss has occurred. The follicles that hold the transplanted hair are living tissue which, when transplanted correctly, flourish in their new home.
Once the follicles have been placed into the balding area, the newly grafted hair will stay in place for about 2-3 weeks. It will then shed. After shedding, new growth will begin in 3-4 months; this is a normal and important part of the new hair growth process. After this time period, the hair will continue to grow normally and the results will look healthy and natural.
Results of Hair Transplant Surgery
This surgical procedure can provide men with the hairline they desire and is the only proven method to truly “re-grow” hair. Many men turn to hair transplants after trying other hair growth products that are unsuccessful or have had undesirable side effects.
The good news is that not only is hair transplant surgery a permanent way of thickening hair in those balding areas, the procedure and results are a far cry from the undesirable-looking hair plugs of yesteryear. In fact, even the best hair growth products on the market can’t come close to the results achieved through a hair transplant procedure.
Additionally, the science of hair grafting has been simplified and the procedure made far easier, less painful and more effective for the patient with the NeoGraft hair transplantation system, which offers the most advanced hair transplant technology.
It’s important to note that, as with all cosmetic surgery procedures, the outcome of your hair transplant procedure is dependent on the technical skill and the artistry of your plastic surgeon. You will want to make sure you have a surgeon with the right education, experience, and board certification, and a keen and artistic eye. These qualification and qualities are exactly what you will find here at Ganchi Plastic Surgery.
If you have any concerns about progressive hair loss, it’s important to come in for a consultation. Dr. Ganchi will be happy to talk with you and explain how NeoGraft Hair Restoration can work for you.
We invite you to call our New Jersey office to learn more about what hair restoration options are best for you.