Twenty-first Century Treatments for Male Hair Loss

A lot of men can reach middle age with a full head of hair and think they’ve struck it lucky and avoided the dreaded male pattern baldness. And then, almost overnight, it starts to fall out, sometimes at an alarming rate. Those men who can’t understand what all the fuss is about with hair-loss, are usually the ones still lucky enough to have theirs.

Middle-aged Man Losing HairHair Loss after 45 and the Possibilities of Stopping it in its Tracks

If you are the kind of man whose shiny pate forces people to put on sunglasses when you go outside, chances are that you lost your hair long before you were 45. Once your hair is totally gone though, it’s almost impossible to get it to grow back.

Maybe you’re one of those men who has only recently started noticing little fur balls accumulating around the house, even if you don’t have a cat.

Or perhaps your hairline seems to have receded further back on your scalp in recent times, or it’s just not as thick and full as it used to be? Keep reading, there just might be a solution to your malady. In this piece we’ll be looking at 5 possible solutions to a man’s balding torment.

1. Rogaine

Rogaine is a scalp treatment based on a blood pressure medication called minoxidil. When minoxidil first came out as a treatment for high blood pressure in the late 1970’s, hundreds of patients complained about unusual hair growth.

It didn’t take long for dermatologists to realize that this blood pressure drug had the potential to be a useful hair loss application if applied topically. Rogaine and Regain are now available in most countries, including the United States, over the counter without a prescription.

How Rogaine Works

Rogaine only helps restore hair on the top of your head. It opens up blood vessels so there is more circulation in your scalp. Paradoxically, this can cause “peach fuzz” to form in the early stages of taking the medication.

Rogaine is better for stopping hair loss than reversing it, and works best on patches of scalp that have been bald for 5 years or less. A new foaming version of Rogaine called Regain, was released to the US market in March of 2012.

Health Warning! Rogaine, minoxidil, and related products are extremely toxic for cats. They can be fatally poisoned simply by landing on your wet scalp after using the product.

2. Propecia This is a hair loss treatment based on a prostate drug called finasteride. Propecia blocks the effects of testosterone in the prostate. It also stops testosterone-fueled male pattern baldness of the scalp. Like Rogaine, it primarily stimulates growth of hair on the crown of the head. About 48% of users grow new hair, and about 42% at least stop losing hair. Propecia is beneficial about 90% of the time.

The dose of Propecia used to treat hair loss is about 1/5 as much as the dose used to treat prostate problems. Finasteride labeled as ‘Proscar’ for prostate problems, is less expensive than finasteride that is labeled as Propecia for hair loss, so some men get prescriptions for the less expensive Proscar and cut up pills.

Health Warning! It is very important that women, especially pregnant women, never come in contact with the cut up pills or the dust from cutting them. Serious birth defects can occur in women who are exposed to Proscar in their first trimester, and serious menstrual problems can occur in women exposed to the medication when they are not pregnant.

3. Hair Transplants

Hair transplantation procedures were first developed in the Japan in the 1930’s, although the procedure did not reach the rest of the world until the 1950’s. Hair moved from another part of the scalp, or even from another part of the body, can grow well on the scalp.

The problem until about 10 years ago was that dermatologists did not know how to “plant” the hairs so that they would grow to lie naturally across the scalp.

For men who have enough donor hair sites on their bodies to cover their bald spots, new surgical techniques usually create cosmetically acceptable results. The procedure is not foolproof, however, and most men don’t have a spare $10,000 to $50,000 for such surgery.

4. Hairpieces

man's hair pieceModern hairpieces also look like real hair. Some “real hair” pieces are fitted with a lace front that can glued flat against the scalp so that it is possible to comb hair back from the front of the hairpiece without revealing the toupee.

(In the United States, in every presidential election, some candidate has the glue underneath his hairpiece’s lace front to melt under hot lights, causing the entire hairpiece to leave his scalp during a presidential debate.)

Some synthetic hairpieces, especially those made by the US manufacturer CyberHair, have enough body that they can be safely combed backward even though the front of the hair piece is made from cloth, not lace.

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How Foolproof are Hair Pieces?

The only hairpieces that look really genuine are those which are custom created. You have to have a mold made of your scalp and the stylist will then be able to choose from hair textures and colors that’ll appear natural to you. The pattern will then be drawn up for the technician, who threads each individual hair into the “hat.”

Good hairpieces take 6 to 8 weeks to make, and cost anywhere between $1,200 to $3,500 up front, plus about $75 every two weeks for cleaning and adjustment. Some kinds of artificial hair (some of which may look more real than real hair), may last for many donkey’s years if the user removes the hairpiece before going to bed.

Bald-headed Man5. Bald Is Beautiful. Isn’t it?

More and more mature men have stopped bothering with hair replacement. In the twenty first century, a man is considered sexy on the basis of his character and his physical strength. Women and potential employers just don’t care whether a man has a good crop of hair or not, and maybe you shouldn’t either.

But if you do, it’s easier nowadays to look great with a full head of hair, whether it is your own hair or not.

News Update: Another exciting breakthrough has recently been discovered. Both the root cause and simple solution to male pattern baldness is literally just around the corner, according to researchers. Read here.

ARTICLE WRITTEN BY ROBERT RISTER | 50ish Site Contributor
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Readers Comments

    johnpaull576 says:

    The best treatment for genetic hair loss is one that blocks dht. One natural ingredient that does that effectively is Minoxidil which is applied topically. Minoxidil is approved by FDA for male and female patterns of baldness; it is proven to be safe and effective in 2% concentration for women and 5% concentration for men.


      MrUglyMug says:

      We know. The article already talks about Minoxidil.


    johnpaull576 says:

    Most hair loss in men is a genetic trait known as male pattern baldness. There is no solution for this; the only thing you can do is to try to reduce the hair fall.


      Andy Aitch says:

      Actually, that’s not quite true. I’m surprised you’re out of touch for someone that’s promoting a site for hair loss solutions! Have you not heard of prostaglandin-d2, which is almost certain to restore hair growth. And what about Virtual Reality Hair? Costly, but effective nonetheless.

      Andy Aitch (Webmaster)



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