So, what is the underlying cause of this hair loss, and is it treatable? Here are the facts that you need to know to keep your healthy, attractive look.
What causes hair loss in men?
Undeniably, the most prominent cause of hair loss in men is male pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, which is based on a person’s unique genetic make-up. Unfortunately, aside from taking great care of your hair while you have it, it is not possible to prevent this type of baldness from occurring.
You will know that this is the likely cause behind your hair loss if you start to lose it at the top of your scalp and around your temples, and usually when you are in your thirties.
Other possible causes include certain medications, underlying health problems, and traumatic events.
The medications known to potentially cause or worsen hair loss symptoms include those used to treat cancer, arthritis, acne, hypertension, and depression.
Underlying health problems that can present with hair loss as a symptom include hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s disease, fungal infections, lupus, and alopecia areata. The latter is an auto-immune condition that attacks a person’s hair follicles and affects approximately 6.8 million individuals in the US alone.
The hair-growth cycle can be affected following a traumatic event or extended periods of stress. This type of hair loss takes place around three to four months after the event, and is usually temporary.
How can hair loss be treated?
There are generally three possible routes of treatment that men suffering from hair loss should consider:
- Hair transplant surgery
- Hair loss medication
- Laser therapy
There is no doubt that hair transplant surgery promises the most effective and consistent results. It can be used to treat moderate to severe hair loss in both men and women. Unfortunately, most individuals shy away from this treatment option because they fear the price tag attached. The reality is that the hair transplant cost is often easily managed, especially if you approach a hair loss clinic that offers a selection of financing packages to help spread the financial burden across a few months or years.
Currently, there are two FDA-approved hair loss medications available on the market. Minoxidil can be obtained over the counter and needs to be applied directly onto the scalp to encourage hair growth. Finasteride is a prescription drug effective for treating hair loss in men. However, it comes with a host of potential side effects, including a reduction in sex drive and performance. This is understandable considering the fact that its other use is to treat enlarged prostate glands.
Laser therapy is usually only effective when used to treat genetic hair loss and, even so, its results are inconsistent and difficult to predict. The therapy works wonders for some people yet has little effect on others.
You now have a much greater understanding of what causes hair loss in men and how to treat it. Here’s to healthy hair for longer!