Men and women who lose their hair, are either experiencing hair thinning, complete balding, or in most cases suffering from a genetic condition known as androgenetic alopecia. Alopecia means hair loss and hair loss is something many Americans are suffering from. It is important to know what your treatment options are. This is preponderance for losing one’s hair on certain areas of the scalp that is passed from one generation to the next. It used to be believed that the balding problem was only passed down through the mother’s genes but that is no longer true. Now we know that this form of hair loss, or alopecia, is not determined by one parent or the other.
Androgenetic alopecia, also known as pattern baldness or pattern hair loss, is caused by a situation that actually stops the hair follicles from producing hair shaft material. The follicle can be thought of as the hair factories in one’s body. The follicle is connected to the blood supply which provides it with oxygen and nutrients which are essential for the manufacturing of hair. When pattern baldness is active a hormonal metabolite known as DHT is produced in the body and eventually makes its way to the hair follicle. The DHT binds to the hair follicles and causes a disruption in the production of hair material. Normally a hair follicle will produce hair in a cyclical manner. It goes through growth and rest stages that can last several months. The DHT shortens the growth phase of the follicle to the point that it can no longer produce a healthy hair shaft and the shaft falls out. If not treated quickly, the pattern baldness will render the follicle completely ineffective.
The best hair restoration system involves dealing with the effect of DHT and also transplanting new hair follicles into the balded area. There are two hair loss treatment drugs that have been approved by the US FDA and have proved effective at slowing down the loss of hair but they will not do much to re-energize the follicles that have stopped producing so these hair follicles must be replaced. Of the two drugs only one, Minoxidil, is approved for both men and females. This is a topical solution that is applied to the scalp and helps to allow the hair follicles to continue to produce as needed. The second drug, Finasteride, is only prescribed for men as it can cause birth defects. This drug actually works to limit the amount of DHT that is produced in the body. Hair restoration doctors will usually use one or both of these drugs to keep what hair there is still growing along with hair implantation to provide replacement hair follicles for the balding that has already occurred.
The part of the system that causes the highest hair restoration costs is the implantation. Thus if a person can start the treatments early to save what hair they still have the hair restoration price will be much lower. As is usually the case, the sooner a problem is addressed the cheaper it is to deal with it. Applying the correct hair replacement systems can get you the head of hair you deserve. Start today to determine your path to a full head of hair.