Hair loss is believed to be caused by a combination of the following:
However, hair loss is not caused by the following:
Generally, the earlier hair loss begins, the more severe the baldness will become.
Depending on the type, the symptoms of baldness will vary. There are several types of baldness including:
Your healthcare provider will figure out the best treatment for you based on:
Most forms of baldness have no cure. Some types of baldness will go away without treatment. Treatment may include:
Certain medicines can also treat baldness by helping hair to grow. One of these is finasteride. Finasteride is available in pill form by prescription only. It works by blocking an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. This enzyme changes the male hormone testosterone into a stronger form called DHT (dihydrotestosterone). It's believed that DHT is a key factor in male pattern hair loss. Finasteride lowers DHT levels in a man's scalp. This slows hair loss and promotes hair growth.
Another medicine is minoxidil. You can buy it over the counter.
The interest in hair replacement has gone up over the past several years. There are a number of hair replacement techniques available. But, hair replacement surgery can’t help those with total baldness. Candidates for hair replacement must have a healthy growth of hair at the back and sides of the head. The hair on the back and sides of the head will serve as hair donor areas where grafts and flaps will be taken.
There are 4 primary different types of hair replacement methods, including the following:
Baldness may lower cause self-esteem. There are complications associated with hair transplantation procedures that include:
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