Bald? You Are Not Alone!
Baldness is common among men over the age of 45. According to Medical News Today, approximately one third of all men are bald after 45 years of age. Baldness may involve all or part of the head. Baldness may commence anytime in a man as young as 21 years of age.
It is thought that baldness or thinning of the hair may occur when dihydrotestoterone (DHT) levels become increased in the body. DHT reduces the size of the hair follicle and this reduction can be so substantial that the end result may be hair loss. Baldness may also be due to differentials in the X Chromosome. In fact, there may be more than one gene responsible for increasing the risk of baldness.
Currently, there are two types of non-surgical types of treatment that have been approved by the FDA for hair loss. One FDA approved treatment is Finasteride, also known as Propecia. Finasteride has produced promising results with the ability to cease hair loss and the ability to promote hair growth. Minoxidil (loniten) was the first drug approved by the FDA for the prevention of continued hair loss and growth of new hair. However, reports of complications and inconsistent results have been associated with Minoxidil. There are a number of over-the-counter products that tout the ability to prevent continued hair loss and/or the ability to promote hair loss. Yet, the most popular approach to hair loss has been through surgical techniques involving hair transplantation. Varying techniques for hair transplantation have been utilized in both plastic surgery and dermatology. The strength of these techniques depends upon a variety of factors including skin type and personal anatomy as well as the expertise of the doctor that is performing the hair transplantation.
In fact, exploring the sheer expenditures that American men have allocated to hair loss improvement signifies the great demand for hair loss treatment. In 2007, men in the U.S. spent in excess of $115 million on hair transplantation. Non-surgical medical treatment for hair loss and baldness expenditures totaled $405 million. In summation, hair loss treatment is at the forefront of many male concerns in the U.S., there can be comfort in knowing you are not alone and comfort in knowing that there are options that can be successful.
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