Male pattern balding affects many men in the world today. And though there are many "cure-all’s" touted on the internet, not all of them work. Thankfully there are a few products out there that can slow down hair loss or even make hair grow back. It is not advisable to buy the first "miracle potion" you find just because of fantastical claims. In this article, we are going to investigate actual treatments that help with the affects of male pattern hair loss.
The first treatment we have seen that does help baldness is hair transplants. This is by far the most radical treatment and produces new hair by taking hair follicles from another part of the head and reattaching them to the scalp. This is surgery so necessary precautions need to be considered. It is a great treatment for men who have a head of thick, full hair and they won’t be affected by it "thinning" in some areas. This process doesn’t actually make new hair grow, but spreads the hair over the head equally. So that being said, the bald area you have covered will continue to get bigger and follow up treatments would need to be continued.
Specialists are currently researching alternative methods that will have better results than those on the market right now. If these alternative methods prove successful, then researchers will be able to create new follicles from existing ones and new hair growth will be possible. This would drastically change the way male pattern baldness is treated because then no one would have to worry about going bald.
Other topical treatments are also available to address baldness. These treatments work by helping existing, but non-active follicles grow hair again or they prevent the baldness from spreading. You may have seen commercials for Propecia, which is an FDA approved medication. Propecia, also known as Finasteride in other parts of the world, has proven in clinical studies to stop hair loss or slow its progression in about 80% of the men who used it, over a two year time period.
Naturally, we advise a more natural treatment for baldness and there are herbal supplements also purport to stop or slow the progression of hair loss. One of those natural supplements is Saw Palmetto. Saw Palmetto is alleged to work the same way as Propecia, but because of it’s natural properties, it has fewer side effects. This might be a good alternative both for your health and your wallet.
Minoxidil, which is the most well known over the counter product to treat baldness, is also FDA approved. Minoxidil was originally slotted to treat high blood pressure patients, but they reported having unwanted hair growth. And so then Minoxidil began to be marketed as a hair growth restoration system. Clinical studies showed hair loss was stabilized in one third of the men who participated and regrowth was reported in another third of the men.
Now, depending on which treatment you prefer, your diet and lifestyle will also play an important role on your success. And as with any treatment choice, how you live your life will ultimately affect your results. Other medical issues can affect how much hair you may lose. For example if you have high cholesterol, this could make your hair loss go a lot faster. Your doctor will advise you to change your diet by eating more fresh fruit and vegetables.
Stress can also cause hair loss as well as weight gain. If you can manage your stress levels or can adjust how you manage stress, then your overall health will be improved. Changing your diet and minimizing stress amounts will take some time to implement in your lifestyle and we’re not expecting you to do it overnight; but once you do start working on these areas of your life, you will notice a difference.
Getting plenty of exercise that increases the heart rate will also help out and studies have shown that it too can help reduce the amount of hair loss. Weight training on the other hand is not recommended since it increases the levels of testosterone in the body which can increase hair loss. The best type of cardio exercise is one you can do for at least 30 minutes and which will get your heart rate up. Don’t forget that 10 of those 30 minutes should be allocated for both a warm up and a cool down. Good examples of a great cardio workouts are using a treadmill, taking a spinning class or using the elyptical at the gym. These exercises can all be part and parcel of how you supplement your treatment for male pattern baldness.
The best male pattern baldness treatment is natural. Why? Because when you stop taking the drugs, your new hair probably won’t last. Preventing baldness before it goes too far is a better strategy than taking the dangerous drugs mentioned above.