Hair loss gradually becomes more of a problem as men age, particularly those afflicted with male pattern baldness. While the condition may seem common enough, it remains a very real concern for affected men, leaving many of them depressed, frustrated, and socially withdrawn, with their self-confidence seriously depleted. Fortunately, locals can find ways to address male pattern baldness, including surgical hair restoration by Bala Cynwyd practitioners, such as Dr. Anthony Farole, DMD.
Male Pattern Baldness
Also known as androgenic alopecia, male pattern baldness starts with the conversion of some testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, which could cause the miniaturization of hair follicles until they can no longer produce fully-grown hair. It starts with the thinning of hair on the temples and mid-upper scalp, gradually spreading to the top of the scalp, leaving hair only on both sides, or none at all. Hair specialists often analyze the level of miniaturized hair follicles through a densitometer.
Some hair specialists may recommend finasteride or minoxidil, or a combination of both, to stop the decline, but these do not work for all, and may only help those whose male pattern baldness is on its early stages. Finasteride is also said to have potential side-effects such as erectile dysfunction, so it should be used only upon consultation with a doctor.
Hair transplantation is the most viable method to restoring hair. In a procedure called micrografting, the hair surgeon uses strands of hair harvested from permanent donor sites, usually around the ear and the back part of the scalp, and transplants them into the balding areas.
The number of sessions needed for the procedure may vary from case to case. Some could be completed in no more than one to two sessions. It will all depend on the individual condition of patients, such as how much hair may be harvested from the donor sites. Patience is the key to success, as the hair surgeon needs to closely study your particular condition before coming up with a surgical plan that could give the procedure the best chances of success.
It is never the end of the world when signs point to you losing a full head of hair, whether the degree is, as pointed out by Debra Jo Rupp’s That 70’s Show character Kitty Forman, “Ed Asner-bald” or “Charlie Brown-bald.” Seek a Philadelphia hair restoration practitioner to learn about your options in getting back that youthful head of hair.
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