Healthy and shiny hair are often associated with attractiveness and self-confidence. Neat hairstyle is a symbol of well-groomed woman or man and well noticed by the opposite sex. Despite new trends in haircare men still do not take care of their hair properly. They start fighting the problem when it is at the advanced stage what results in time-consuming treatment and poor effects. They usually do not pay attention to a progressing receding hairline.
Causes of hair loss in men
There are many factors causing hair loss. One of them is poor diet. Diet rich in processed foods, sugar and alcohol results in feeling unwell and malnutrition of hair (follicles). However, diet rich in essential nutrients, macro- and microelements, vitamins will nourish follicles and maintain healthy hair growth cycle. Long-term, acute stress also has a bad influence on hair condition. The body works less efficiently during stress and different body processes slow down. It leads to impaired microcirculation resulting in weaker follicles.
Diseases causing hair loss
Excessive hair loss is often a reaction to antidepressants and anticancer medicines. Then it is recommended to consult a doctor to start appropriate treatment or contact a different specialist if necessary. It may be required to change medicines and do essential tests. One of the common cause of alopecia is a disease which should be first diagnosed e.g. hypothyroidism.
Hair loss treatment – is hair transplant necessary?
Nevertheless, the most common cause of a receding hairline in men is androgenetic alopecia. And this type of alopecia is the most common cause of hair loss in men. It occurs in over half men over 60. Hair loss process is more intensive with age. It is associated with male sex hormones, hypersensitivity receptors of follicles to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Increased DHT level results in disrupted hair growth cycle. You lose more hair which grows slowly or is weaker, thinner and fragile. At the advanced phase a full hair does not grow, but only fine soft dense hair similar to the one on a nose or forehead. Androgenetic alopecia is a disease linked to genetics and hormones. However, excessive hair loss can also result from other factors.
Receding hairline prevention
It is worth preventing the problem of a receding hairline before it starts to develop. It is recommended to brush your hair in the morning and evening against the grain and reverse. It removes oily layer and clears the scalp from dead skin cells and dandruff. You can also prevent receding hairline rubbing in the skin 5% minoxidil formula (e.g. Loxon, Alopexy, Minovivax, Piloksidil, Alocutan). It stimulates follicles and nourish them. A well balanced diet may also help prevent receding hairline. A sufficient dose of iron, vitamins, micro- and macroelements nourishes the body and the scalp. It is not recommended to drink energizers as they remove microelements from the body. An important element in prevention routine is scalp massage to stimulate microcirculation.
The first stage of alopecia in men is developing small thinning in front of the head. It progresses with age resulting in a receding hairline. So-called large forehead is a common symptom of male-pattern hair loss. The earlier you start treatment, the better results you see in shorter period of time. If a hair loss process is not suppressed, hair thinning moves across the top of the head. The advanced phase of androgenetic alopecia covers the whole head and can result in complete hair loss.
Alopecia treatment in men
There are different factors which can help prevent hair loss. It is worth mentioning that aesthetic medicine addresses the patients’ needs and offers hair transplant. A state-of-the-art FUE hair transplant technique is a result of many years of improvements and developments.
FUE hair transplant
This method involves extracting single follicles from unaffected area (donor area). During hair transplant surgery a doctor uses a special metal device making microscars invisible to the human eye. A doctor uses regional anaesthesia which is a perfect solution in patients with receding hairline. The surgery usually takes 5-8 hours depending on the number of follicles to be transplanted. It is crucial to choose an experienced specialist in FUE hair transplant surgery. This hair transplant technique helps to avoid scars and to recover quickly. A doctor will indicate appropriate donor and recipient areas depending on the patient’s needs. The effects largely depend on doctor’s skills and experience as well as if the patient follows recommendations after the surgery.
Last update: 19 October 2020