Hair loss in men a very common sight. Studies have shown that about 85% of men face major hair thinning by the time they’re 50. Some start to lose theirs even before they turn 21! A receding hairline is every man’s biggest problem, quite like hair thinning or hair fall is a nightmare for women.
The question now is – is there something that can be done to regain lost hair?
Yes. Hair that is lost can be regained in cases where a male is suffering from reversible hair loss. And in case of irreversible hair loss, there are hair restoration solutions available, both surgical and otherwise.
Hair loss can be typically categorised as reversible or irreversible. As the name indicates, irreversible hair loss is something which cannot be turned around. The hair follicle is not alive anymore for hair to grow from it. Reversible hair loss is a temporary hair loss, which with timely effort and professional intervention, can be addressed and hair re-grown, thanks to the remarkable advancements in the field of Trichology.
Let us help you understand this better.
Hair Loss in Men
The most predominant cause for hair loss in men is a genetic trait. This is followed by erratic lifestyle, physical & mental stress, unhealthy eating habits, harsh chemical treatments, heavy medications and improper hair care. Smoking, unchecked alcohol consumption and irregular sleep habits further aggravate the causes. Acute illnesses also lead to hair loss and kickstart the thinning process in some who are not otherwise predisposed genetically to baldness.
Male Pattern Thinning (MPT) or Androgenetic Alopecia is the most common form of hair loss in men. It relates to the genetic structure and hormonal activity in the body.
MPT is characterised by a receding hairline or hair loss on the top of the head. Male pattern hair loss affects approximately 50% of men at some point in their lives. Do read our earlier blogs on the topic to understand it better.
During puberty, the male hormone, termed Testosterone, is excreted in the body. It is this hormone that is responsible for the development of typical characteristics of a male, for instance, growth of facial hair. 98% of this hormone is bound to the protein, which is termed as Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) and the albumin, but 2% of it is freely flowing in the blood circulatory system. It is this testosterone that gets converted into DHT – Dihydrotestosterone, with the help of the enzyme called 5-alpha reductase.
Unfortunately, all the factors that lead to the increased conversion of testosterone into DHT, directly aggravate the male pattern thinning problem.
The DHT in the body has the capacity to bind to receptors that are present on the scalp, precisely in the fronto-vertex region, due to which the hair starts getting thinner & shorter, and on reaching a certain point, the hair follicle dies. Regrowth is then not possible.
It is hence that male pattern baldness begins with a loss of hair from the front or crown area and follows a typical pattern. With each new hair cycle, the affected hairs do not grow as long, and they become finer in diameter; hence the distance between the hair increases and the width of the hair reduces, and the length of the hair shortens visually giving the effect of thinning of hair or baldness.
Treatments & solutions to combat hair loss in men
MPT, as you can understand from above is progressive and irreversible. The treatment for this has traditionally been based on the principle of postponing and delaying the progression.
Two lines of treatments are normally observed
a) Pharmaceutical DHT blockers, OR
b) The use of natural DHT blockers.
Patients using pharmaceutical DHT blockers may exhibit signs of sexual dysfunction. Hence, more and more Trichologists are encouraging the use of natural DHT blocker treatment.
Trichologist world over has seen dramatic results with the use of green tea and saw palmetto for baldness. The medicine Serenoa Complex comprises of saw palmetto which reduces the production of DHT from Testosterone, thereby helping to slow down the process of balding.
Anagain – World’s first Hair Fertility treatment especially for men
One of the breakthrough solutions that have come by in recent years is a therapy that is the world’s first hair fertility therapy, especially for men.
MPT has always been acknowledged to be irreversible since it leads to permanent loss of hair follicles. But with the introduction of this therapy, there has been a dramatic twist in the approach towards the problem. This treatment not only controls hair loss but also fights hair thinning!
Anagain is a revolutionary treatment which is the brainchild of World’s leading Trichologist & RichFeel Founder Dr. Apoorva Shah, in collaboration with Mibelle Biochem & Biotech Italia. It is a unique treatment which is a breakthrough, advanced solution for hair thinning & hair loss in men.
A truly revolutionary & unique offering pioneered at RichFeel, it packs the punch of two powerful ingredients together – Pea plant sprout extracts, a proven source of improving the ratio of anagen (growth phase of hair) to telogen (the resting phase of hair) & RootBioTec HO – an extract from basil that inhibits 5α reductase and stimulates hair follicles.
Anagain activates the Dermal Papilla (a “ball” of specialised dermal cells) and the hair follicle is pushed back into the growth phase with this therapy. It can control hair thinning by controlling 5alpha reductase and improve hair anagen phase by shortening telegenic or rather very specifically exogen.
Hair Fertility works best when the process is followed in a precise and predetermined 3-step course of action. The Anagain Hair Fall Solution is divided into three steps:
- Detoxification – Helps remove toxins and preparing the scalp for transdermal penetration.
- Stimulation – Laser Energy stimulates mitochondria of hair cells to produce more energy and in turn better growth (volume and density). Alternating vacuum & air pressure ensures increased blood supply to hair follicles and helps in dislodging DHT away from hair follicles.
- Rejuvenation – restores the vitality of the hair, controls hair loss and restores hair regeneration
Some of the visible benefits of the treatment are as follows:
- Stimulates hair growth at the root
- Prolongs the life cycle of hair
- Fully restores the vitality of the hair
- Helps make hair denser
- Controls hair loss
- Restores hair regeneration
Thus, its effect is threefold:
- Controls hair fall, guiding you on how to protect hair fall
- Fights hair thinning, further guiding you on how to prevent hair loss
- Stimulates hair growth, making for a complete and effective hair fall solution
Alternate options to restore hair
The other options available to someone dealing with MPT are hair transplant and/or use of hair systems, which are highly evolved and lets you follow your lifestyle as is – no compromises.
Hair transplant is a way of permanent hair restoration. Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure that moves hair and hair follicles from a part of your body called the donor site to the bald or balding part called the recipient site. Do read our blogs on the topic to understand all about hair transplants.
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As you can see, with the advancement of Trichology and the amazing solutions it offers, your trichologist is the most important person for your hair care needs. Be it any hair and scalp related concern, the trichologist is the right person to approach, to draw a clear diagnosis and guide with a way forward. And as we always remind, problems vary from person to person, and so should the solution. What you need is not what your neighbour may need, though to you the problem may seem the same!
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