Understanding and Treating Male-Pattern Baldness
Hair loss and male-pattern baldness is a common issue that affects two-thirds of American men over the age of 35, and 85% of men over the age of 50. At some point in your life, you may have heard that hair loss is inherited from your mother’s side of the family, but this statement is just a myth. In reality, hair loss can be caused by one or more factors, including hormonal imbalance, skin disorders, stress, family history, and medications.
Male-pattern baldness can often make you look and feel older than you really are, and affect your confidence and self-esteem. However, there are certain healthy lifestyle practices and treatments that can help you improve and reverse male-pattern baldness. Read on to learn more, and set up a complimentary consultation with our doctors.
Identify the root cause
Don’t assume hair loss is genetic; instead, visit your physician to undergo an evaluation, and to determine whether hair loss is being caused by an underlying health issue, such as thyroid problems, low iron, low protein, and other nutritional or hormonal deficiencies. Then, work with your physician to improve your health and reverse hair loss.
Avoid using commercial hair-growth treatments
Infomercials and television ads often market shampoos, pills, and other formulas designed to treat male-pattern baldness; however, these treatments are often ineffective and offer negative side effects that can worsen your health.
For instance, minoxidil (Rogaine) and finasteride (Propecia) have been shown to trigger serious side effects such as weight gain, breathing problems, male breast growth, low sex drive, and erectile dysfunction. Plus, hair growth is only temporary and comes to a standstill when you stop using these treatments.
Consume healthy foods
Nutrition can play a major role in hair loss, especially if your diet is high in fried foods, sugary foods, and processed foods. Instead, turn to healthy, whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and sources of lean protein. These types of foods are loaded with nutrients that help regulate hormones and repair skin, hair, and nails — promoting healthy hair growth.
Use PRP therapy for hair restoration
Platelet-rich plasma therapy, also known as PRP therapy, is one of the newest treatments available for hair loss and male-pattern balding. Platelets are blood cells that help promote healthy cell growth. In the case of male-pattern baldness, platelets are used to stimulate the growth of new, healthy cells that regulate hair follicle growth and development.
During PRP therapy, a surgeon extracts your blood, separates PRP in your blood from other components, then injects the PRP into your scalp using a fine needle. Following treatment, you’ll start noticing a fuller, thicker amount of hair growing in to fill patches of baldness. PRP therapy is a cost-effective and simple treatment option for hair loss and male-pattern baldness in both males and females.
Are you struggling with hair loss or male-pattern baldness, and want to reverse the aging process? Schedule a free consultation with our qualified team to learn more about how PRP therapy can help!