I am going bald and it’s killing me! I know that male pattern baldness is related to your genes and male sex hormones. And I know millions of men and women in the US are affected by this condition… and I also know by age 50, approximately 50% of men may experience some degree of appreciable hair loss.
But I don’t care. I don’t want to lose my hair! Let me give you just a little more medical “scoop” on baldness. Baldness usually follows a pattern of receding hairline and hair thinning on the crown of the head. Each strand of hair you have, sits in a tiny hole in the skin called a follicle. Baldness in general occurs when the hair follicle shrinks over time, resulting in shorter and finer hair. Eventually, the follicle does not grow a new hair.
Hair loss may be due to other serious medical conditions. This may be true if your hair loss occurs in patches, you shed a lot of hair, your hair breaks, or you have hair loss along with redness, scaling or pain. If you have any of these hair loss symptoms, make sure you visit your doctor.
But what can I do now about my hair loss? There are two types drugs commonly used to treat baldness: Minoxidil (Rogaine) and Propecia. There is also a new option called the ARTAS computer transplant system which solves many of the technical challenges experienced by physicians currently attempting traditional hair transplantation. The hair restoration is performed as an office-based procedure. Implanted hairs develop their own blood supply, begin to grow and new hairs are seen a few months after the procedure. New hair continues to grow over the course of a full year, which may make the change in the patient’s appearance gradually noticeable to others.
Trust me guys and gals, I really understand what you are going through. First, visit your doctor and make sure that your hair isn’t thinning for any medical reason and then make some decisions on how you want to handle your options. Hair transplants have come a long way from the “hairplug” variety so if you want to have those long flowing locks again, you have options.