Introduction to male pattern baldness
Male pattern baldness is a genetic condition that is cause by high levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the scalps of men who are genetically predisposed to the condition.
DHT attacks the hair follicles, which in turn shrink and stop growing hair.
Usually, the back and side of the head will not be affected, only the top of the head, usually.
Male pattern baldness is very common and affects million of men as the main reason that they lose their hair.
Hair loss can sometimes be tough for men, since it is a sign of attractiveness and virility, especially, if the baldness occurs while the man is still young.
It also cannot be prevented or cured because it is a hereditary condition. Treatment
There are natural herbs that can help to reduce the level of DHT in a man’s scalp. One is the berry of the saw palmetto herb, which has nutrients that fight the DHT and stop it from spreading.
The berry also has fatty acids that will block the enzyme that causes DHT to synthesize. The fatty acids will also prevent the DHT from attacking the hair follicles.
It is best to eat and maintain a diet that is rich in vitamins. This can limit hair loss even in those who are genetically predisposed to it. Essential fatty acids such as primrose oil, flaxseed oil and salmon oil can improve the texture of the hair and prevent hair from becoming dry and brittle.
There are also surgeries available for restoring hair such as flap surgery and hair transplantation.
However, these surgeries are often not successful, and are very expensive. It is best to consult with a hair specialist to see whether it would be a good idea to go in for a surgical procedure and whether a person is a good candidate for such a procedure.
Surgical procedures for baldness are expensive and can be very painful, they can also include risks of infection and scarring.
There are also prescription drugs that are often used such as Propecia. It has been showed that the drug can prevent further hair loss and encourage hair growth in 80 percent of cases. It works as an anti-androgen and blocks the male sex hormones that often lead to baldness.
It must be used for three months to half a year continuously in order to begin to see any results from the treatment.
Another potential over-the-counter remedy is called minoxidil. It is a liquid or foam that is put on the scalp twice a day and it also looks to prevent hair loss and grow new hair.
Some people will experience improvement faster than others, and some might not experience any improvement. Also, the new hair that grows will probably be thinner than the original hair and also shorter. However, it can achieve enough hair growth to cover up bald spots. If there are no results after six months, then a person should stop using minoxidil.