- Hair 101: how does it grow?
- What are the most common causes of baldness?
- Today’s solutions for baldness
Millions of men in the UK experience hair loss at one stage or another. This may be permanent or temporary (depending on the underlying causes), and its impact differs from one man to other.
Baldness can leave men with reduced self-confidence and affect their everyday life in various ways.
They may feel as if people stare at them, or assume they’re older than they really are; the effects could even be powerful enough to cause depression over a number of years.
Many men, though, remain unaffected by their hair loss.
Regardless of their reaction, countless men would like to restore their youthful head of hair, and the latest innovations offer highly-effective ways to do so.
Why does hair stop growing, and what options can you choose from if you’re looking to regrow your hair?
Hair 101: How Does it Grow?
Before we examine the different types of hair-restoration treatments on today’s market, it’s helpful to look at what hair actually is and how it grows.
Hair follicles cover multiple areas of the body, most prominently the scalp.
They sit just under the skin’s topmost layer, and produce hair through a fascinating growth cycle consisting of the following phases:
New hair shafts are born during the first part of the process.
The fresh hair shaft then replaces the dead one, pushing it out of the flesh until it falls out. This is a perfectly normal, natural sequence.
New hairs continue to grow and reach outside of the flesh’s surface, ultimately maturing to become strong, healthy hairs.
After this, part of the follicle is destroyed, though the rest of it remains and is renewed.
The follicle lies dormant during this phase, until the body essentially activates it into growing new hair again.
It’s amazing how easily we can take hair for granted, and remain unaware of the complexity involved in its growth.
What are Some of the Most Common Causes of Baldness?
Male pattern baldness is the most common and well-known cause of hair loss.
Otherwise known as androgenetic alopecia, male pattern baldness is triggered by the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
This is believed to cause hair follicles to shrink, altering the anagen phase of the growth cycle to leave part or all of the scalp without fresh hair. Hair loss occurs in the familiar M-shaped pattern we all recognise, with hairs on the back and sides of the head unaffected.
Other causes of hair loss include undergoing physical and / or emotional stress so severe it affects the hair growth cycle, lack of protein in your diet, vitamin B deficiency, genetic factors, and losing too much weight too quickly.
Autoimmune issues, such as an overactive immune system, can lead to baldness too, as the system mistakenly views hair as a foreign body.
Chemotherapy is another known trigger for hair loss.
The results of these may be temporary or permanent.
Male pattern baldness lasts for the rest of one’s life, while hair loss caused by stress is likely to reverse once stress levels drop.
Treatment for hair loss varies from creams and injections to state-of-the-art hair transplant surgery.
Today’s Solutions for Baldness
Drugs / Medications for Hair Loss
One of the most well-known products that claims to reduce baldness and promote fresh growth is minoxidil.
This usually comes as part of a special shampoo or oral medication.
In most cases it needs to be massaged into the scalp deeply to slow the hairs’ shedding.
It’s believed to allow more oxygen and nutrients to reach the hair follicles, causing healthy new shafts to grow.
Minoxidil has proven to help a minority of men regrow their hair, but it has to be used on a permanent basis to remain effective, and results may take as many as six months to show.
Side effects can include swelling of the face, change in heartbeat rate, itching, burning, irritation, or even undesirable hair growth in other areas of the body.
Finasteride is another medication used to treat hair loss, as it reduces DHT production in the body, potentially by more than half.
Some of the potential side effects of Finasteride medications give real cause for concern too, like sexual dysfunction, male breast enlargement, and insulin resistance (a major disadvantage for those with diabetes).
Hair transplant surgery is the most effective, safest way to promote healthy growth of new hair.
HairPalace specialises in FUE hair transplantation – the most reliable option available today.
Follicular Unit Extraction achieves an entirely natural look, as it uses your existing hair follicles to encourage new growth.
These are taken from the back and sides of the head, cleaned, and then transplanted into bald areas of the scalp.
As hair starts to grow, it does so in the same colour and texture – ensuring total authenticity.
Between one and three hairs are extracted from the flesh at a time, removed from the back and sides in a staggered pattern – this prevents areas of healthy growth being too heavily thinned-out.
The harvested hair follicles are put in a solution to keep them clean, ready to be reinserted into the scalp.
FUE can be performed under local anaesthesia, and as the surgeon performing the hair transplant works on the two top layers of the skin only, there are no visible traces after the surgery.
It’s incredibly discrete, and nobody is likely to realise you’ve had the treatment unless you tell them.
FUE Hair Transplant Success Rate
The S.A.F.E. Scribe tool is a revolutionary aid to FUE, providing remarkable rates of success: between 95 and 100 percent of the implanted hairs grow back.
The healing process following the hair transplant surgery with the S.A.F.E Scribe tool is faster, and it allows people with Afro-Caribbean or grey hair to experience the same rejuvenating treatment (unlike previous technologies).
FUE carries none of the potential side effects discussed above, and involves no augmentation of the body’s internal processes (such as changing hormone levels).
Best of all, the results are permanent, unlike in case of those products which have to be used consistently for the rest of one’s life.
As you can see, of all the different hair loss treatments available today, FUE hair transplant surgery is the most effective, the safest, and long-lasting option.
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