Treatments Used for Male Pattern Baldness

There have been several breakthroughs when it comes to male pattern baldness. There are a number of things that can be done if you have this condition. These include Propecia and the evolution of surgical hair restoration among other things. You can completely stop hair loss or slow down the hair loss. Here are some of the things that can help you regain your hair.

Finasteride or  Propecia or Proscar

Finasteride  is a generic name Propecia and Proscar. The drug was developed to treat enlarged prostate glands. When the drug was on trial, men who took it had interesting hair growth. After it was discovered that it could treat male pattern baldness, a pill was then made that had the right dosage to promote hair growth. At the time that finasteride was introduced in the market as hair loss medication, a drug called minoxidil was already on the market. The majority o0f men that use finasteride will see positive results, this is how good the drug is.

How Finasteride Prevents Hair Loss and Promote Hair Growth

Finasteride prevents 5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme that changes testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DTH shrinks hair follicle, causing baldness. 86% of males that participated in the trials of the drug had 60% reduction in DHT which stopped the progression of hair loss. Lowering  DHT levels proved to be a successful remedy for hair loss.

Minoxidil or Rogaine

Minoxidil was known as a drug that was used to treat high blood pressure. People who were taking this medication at the time had hair growing in places like cheeks and the back of hands as well as foreheads. Researchers then tried applying the drug directly on the scalp and there was hair growth. The drug is clinically proven to slow the progression of hair loss as well as regrow hair. Despite all the success stories that have been found due to this drug, so many experts still think the drug is marginally effective.

Experts recommend the use of the drug to those who do not respond favourably to finasteride.

Hair Transplant

Hair transplant is done to add more hair on an area that is balding or having thin hair. Hair is taken from other parts of the body or thicker parts of the scalp and placed on the bold areas.

Hair transplants are more successful as compared to over the counter medicine like Minoxidil and Finasteride. There are factors that you should consider  before getting a hair transplant. Transplant hair thins over time, just like the hair that was already there. You will have less effective hair transplant if you have dormant hair follicles. dormant hair follicles are hair sacs that usually contain hair beneath the skin but can no longer grow hair. Transplants will not work for everyone. There are challenges for people with widespread thinning, baldness, hair loss due to cancer treatments as well as  thick scalp due to the fact that there is no hair to take for the transplant.