Hair loss is a growing concern among a big number of men. It is estimated that by 35 years of age, most of the men will experience some form of hair loss. Of course, some will have a lower percentage of hair loss while others will have more. Typically, those with greater hair loss, let’s say more than 50% often choose to go for a hair transplant surgery.
However, those who have minor hair loss are not usually recommended a hair transplant surgery by the doctors. Luckily, there are a big number of other hair restoration methods also. With that, the science and technology behind hair transplants is rapidly improving, hence giving better results to men.
So today, patients have long-lasting and real results. Now, there are two types of hair loss treatments. The first one is a non-surgical type in which surgery is not involved or necessary. The second one is a surgical treatment, in which of course, surgery would be a major requirement.
Types of hair restoration processes
Let us take a close look at these two types of hair restoration treatments. This will help you in determining which one among the two is good for you.
Note that if you have genetic hair loss that is substantia, then supplements and leave-in products are not going to do much. This is because once balding occurs in some areas, follicles in those areas stop producing the hair.
However, some medications can give you decent results if you use them in an early stage of hair loss. Such medications may be able to reverse or slow down the hair loss by improving the growth of hair in the surrounding follicles that are not yet dormant.
In the world of hair restoration, there are two popular medicines. These include the androgen dependent medications and androgen independent medications.
Androgen dependent medication
For instance, Finasteride is one androgen dependent medication which stops the conversion of the male hormone testosterone into DHT (the hormone that is believed to cause male pattern baldness). Based on evidence, this medicine can help in the increase of hair growth after 3 months of usage, in the early stages of hair loss.
However, note that Finasteride may have some side-effects that you would want to consider. A doctor will be able to guide you better with this.
Androgen independent medication
Next, we have the androgen independent medication such as Minoxidil. Currently, doctors are not sure why exactly it helps with hair growth. But doctors suggest that the use of Minoxidil can dilate the blood vessels, hence resulting in an increased flow of blood to the scalp.
Treatment with the help of supplements
There are a number of supplements that are marketed as good for treatment of hair loss. However, there is no clinical proof of that. These supplements may only help in case your hair loss is triggered by the lack of any vitamins or minerals.
Other than that, these supplements will definitely not help you in the case of male pattern baldness. For that, you will need medications or a surgery such as hair transplant.
If you want a permanent and real solution for hair growth, then hair transplantation is perhaps the best option for you. In this procedure, doctors farm the healthy hair follicles from the donor area (typically the back and sides of the scalp) and transfer it to the balding areas. This results in a hair growth in balding areas within 4-8 months. And this is exactly why a big number of males older than the age of 35 prefer to get hair transplants.