From getting your dream job to dating your dream girl, hair is one of the first things an employer or a potential partner would ever notice. While this external factor might not be the main deciding determinant in those life areas, who does not want great-looking hair?
According to The Modern Gentlemen, the prevalence of hair loss in Indian men from ages 21 to 61 has a staggering statistics of 63.2%. If you are one of the Indian men experiencing this problem, you may want to know the solution to your hair fall problems. Here are some of the various types of hair treatment for men.
Non-Invasive Treatment Approach:
Minoxidil (also known by its brand name, Rogaine)
This type of hair fall medication was initially a sheer treatment for high blood pressure that has a side effect of an increased hair growth rate and decreased hair loss rate.
A size reduction of hair follicles and the early termination of the hair’s growth phase are the main defining factors of a health condition called androgenic alopecia (AGA). Effective procedures for preventing or modifying the baldness pattern for men would affect these agents.
Nowadays, this over-the-counter form of hair fall treatment is the most common remedy for hair fall on the market. Minoxidil (rogaine) is typically found in easy-to-use lotions, foams, and shampoos. Depending on your scalp’s specific condition, this type of hair fall treatment takes effect by enhancing hair growth, lessening hair fall, or possibly both.
Minoxidil is by far one of the most effective and popular non-invasive hair treatments for men. The application of a minoxidil lotion should be twice a day for at least six months until you see significant effects. Incorporating a derma roller with your current hair care routine would help in the overall hair growth process.
Finasteride (also called by its brand name, Propecia)
Unlike the minoxidil, finasteride is a prescription pill that is specifically made for men. Although this prescription drug was primarily for treating benign prostate hyperplasia, trusted federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) had approved the use of finasteride for effective and non-invasive baldness treatment among male ages 60 and below.
Like the timeframe of minoxidil, the daily intake of an easy-to-swallow finasteride tablet should be observed for several months to see if this type of hair fall treatment works for you.
Some people who take finasteride experienced hair regrowth in three months, while others had to wait for a year to see some visible effects. Nevertheless, you should be able to immediately notice less hair fall upon taking this type of medication.
However, you should be aware that shedding may occur at the beginning of this course of treatment. Initial hair fall should be good news as the new hair is growing and replacing the dormant hair. That means that the medication is effective.
Minimally-Invasive Treatment Approach:
Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT)
If the non-invasive treatment options above are not working for you, opting for a surgical hair transplant such as a follicular unit transplant might be a better option. This type of hair transplant surgery is a cheaper option compared to Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
FUTs are also called the “strip method” because of the surgery’s process. This hair fall treatment works by having a surgeon take the needed graft by a strip from a part of your body (such as the back or sides of your head) that has an ample amount of hair.
However, because of the method itself, a follicular unit transplant would inevitably leave a prominent scar at the part where the strip is removed. If you don’t mind a scar line, then this option is for you.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
Because Follicular Unit Extraction is the most advanced hair fall surgery, an FUE procedure is also the most expensive solution for your hair fall problems.
This minimally-invasive hair fall restoration method works by having a highly skilled surgeon extract follicles individually before implanting them in the areas that need hair. Unlike follicular unit transplants, a successful follicular unit extraction would give you more natural and healthy-looking hair.
Scalp Micropigmentation :
An alternative to hair transplantation is hair pigmentation. The application is done similarly to a tattoo or permanent make-up. In this method, colored pigments are inserted 0.6 to 1.2 mm under the skin to make the hair appear fuller. As compared to hair transplantation, scalp micropigmentation (SMP) will only give the illusion of fuller hair but does not treat the hair loss.
Men are more prone to scalp and hair problems, such as hair fall, mainly caused by a condition called androgenic alopecia, but with the right course of treatment, hair could grow back. If you are one of the Indian men experiencing such a thing, then finding and talking to a reputable expert would help you find the right type of treatment would be the best thing to start your journey back to a healthy hair life!