Men might scoff at women for undergoing the knife as they get older but as male hair loss becomes a greater concern, even they are being encouraged to turn to surgery to avoid the effects of aging. The worrying thing is, however, that some men might be encouraged to turn to surgery when there may be less invasive and more effective options.
Propecia and minoxidil are major players in the world of hair restoration and are the only clinically proven medications to stop and reverse the process of hair loss. Still, if you’re not looking out for alternatives, it’s easy to believe that you may have only ever heard of hair transplantation or ‘plugs’. The surgery option has been around since the 1930s but with medical advances, researchers are discovering there are things men (and women) can do to turn back the clock without the knife.
According to Dr Bessam Farjo, past President of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, some clinics appear to be taking advantage of men by agreeing to perform surgery when it is not even required.
“Hair loss can be quite unpredictable in its early stages, with the full extent of loss difficult to determine in men under the age of 30. Men under this age should consider taking preventative drugs such as Propecia, in an effort to slow down or stop their hair loss,” Dr Bessam said.
John Cleese and Francis Rossi weren’t shy to admit they’d had a hair transplant and it can be a suitable choice for some. However, Jon Bon Jovi and Wayne Rooney haven’t taken the same route and for most men, surgery needn’t be an option. There are medically approved treatments for hair loss that generally require nothing more than a daily pill or scalp massage to revive the hair follicles and promote renewed growth. So how does it work?
Propecia is a pill that is taken daily and effectively stops hair loss in its tracks by preventing the formation of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – the cause of male pattern baldness. Without DHT in the scalp, hair growth can be maintained as the follicles are no longer being forced to shrink. Minoxidil is a liquid-based product that is used and works in a different way. It comes in various concentrations, from a lotion to a thicker cream, and is massaged onto the scalp once or twice a day to dilate the blood vessels, activate potassium channels and stimulate increased blood and nutrient flow to the hair follicles.
For more information about the most effective way to combat hair loss, you will need a personal and professional diagnosis. Visit the Belgravia Centre for a face-to-face consultation or complete an online diagnostic form if you’re strapped for time, either way you will have the comfort of knowing that you have access to the best advice and support and will be monitored so as to achieve the best possible results.
If your hair is thinning or you notice your hairline is starting to recede, don’t assume that hair plugs are your only way out. There are hundreds of hair loss success stories from men who have chosen the non-surgery option and even if you’re not too concerned about thinning hair, it’s got to be reassuring to know that just as women have their creams and pills to help them maintain their youth, men at least have that luxury too.