Options for Men’s Hair Loss
Baldness in men has long been a basic aspect of aging. However, for some, especially those starting to become bald at a younger age, baldness can be embarrassing and stressful. According to the American Hair Loss Association, hair loss in males can start during adolescence. By the age of 35, 60 percent of men have a concerning amount of hair loss, and by the age of 50, 85 percent of men have significantly thinning hair.
Of course, there are cover-ups like hairpieces, wigs and sprays, and plenty of false promises for a “cure” including diet plans, scalp cleansers, and various pills. But the problems of baldness can only be effectively addressed with two short-term medical treatments and with permanent follicular surgery provided by an expert San Jose bald treatment doctor.
What Are the Causes of Male Baldness?
The causes of male baldness include Alopecia, also called male pattern baldness, which is hereditary. Causes include an autoimmune disorder, unusual stress like divorce, the death of a loved one, or a severe financial crisis. It can also be induced by chemotherapy, anabolic steroids, cigarette smoking, high doses of vitamin A, and some prescription medications. A professional San Jose hair restoration doctor can offer a permanent solution for most hair loss situations.
Types of Hair Loss Remedies
There are two drugs that are commonly used for hair loss. Both are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), both have demonstrated effectiveness for treating baldness short-term and both have potential side effects. One is Finasteride (Propecia) which takes up to three months to see beneficial effects and once the treatments are stopped, hair loss can reoccur a year later.
Another drug is Minoxidil (Rogaine), which is a topical product that can be purchased from most drugstores. It requires two applications a day to stimulate and maintain hair growth and once discontinued, any hair growth will cease.
A permanent solution, without side effects, is hair loss surgery, performed by a qualified San Jose hair transplant specialist.
San Jose Hair Restoration Surgery
There are two proven types of hair transplant surgery. Both are effectively performed by a skilled San Jose hair restoration doctor:
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
FUT transplantation involves removing a thin strip of hair from the back of the scalp or side of the head. The area where the strip is removed is closed leaving a small linear scar, and hair surrounding that “donor” site typically covers the incision. From the donor strip, grafts of one to four hair follicles are extracted and those follicles are surgically placed into the bald or thinning scalp area using tiny slits that require no suturing and heal by themselves.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
FUE transplantation involves shaving the back of the head and extracting individual hair follicles from that area using a special tool and then transplanting them one-by-one into the bald or thinning area. This approach leaves no scar. The shaved area on the back of the head heals on its own.
Both San Jose hair transplant approaches offer quick recovery with patients returning to full activity in one to two weeks after the procedure. Both are considered excellent permanent hair loss solutions.
Seek Expert Hair Restoration
Contact Medical Hair Transplant & Aesthetics and Dr. John Diep for a consultation, with offices in San Franciso and Los Gatos. He has achieved outstanding hair restoration results by pioneering hair transplant procedures. He has been widely recognized for his expertise as one of the best hair restoration doctors.