Male pattern baldness affects the vast majority of men at some point in their lives. It can occur as young as 18 and for those who are in their 60s. 65% of men by the age of 35 will have experienced hair loss to a certain degree, and more than 85% of men will have significantly finer hair by the age of 50.
Some men have no issues with losing their hair, instead, they consider it part of life and getting older. For others, it can drastically impact their self-esteem and confidence, as part of their identity is in the way they look.
However, there are no treatments available on the market that are 100% effective. Since no two people or their hair are the same, the results will vary between cases. When deciding what route to go down, take the time to do research and speak with professionals about which form of treatment is the most likely to achieve the desired results.
Here’s a guide to some of the procedures available, both surgical and non-surgical, for those who have suffered from hair loss.
FUT vs FUE Treatments
FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) are two of the most popular forms of hair transplant procedures. However, the option of which one to go for will depend on your individual needs, as well as the recommendation provided by experts.
FUE hair transplant for thinning crowns is a common procedure that surgically removes individual hair follicles from donor areas, such as the back and sides of the head. The hairs from the donor areas are then transferred to the affected crown area. A Hair transplant for a thinning crown is one of the most popular forms of treatments that many men, including celebrities, choose to undergo.
The FUT method involves taking a strip of skin that includes hair follicles from the donor area, which is usually the back of the head. This is because hair that grows on the back of the head is fuller and less prone to balding in comparison to other areas. From this selected area of skin, tiny groups of tissue that contain hair follicles are separated and prepared for transplantation. Alongside this, minuscule, individual holes are created in the recipient area where you are experiencing balding. The prepared skin grafts are then placed into the affected area.
The most common non-surgical treatment for male pattern baldness is finasteride and minoxidil. The combination of the two, a daily medication of finasteride alongside the use of a minoxidil scalp treatment, can provide noticeable results. However, this can only be said for those that use them in the early stages of male pattern baldness, in particular those between the ages of 18 and 40. For those who suffer from substantial hair loss, taking supplements or using speciality shampoos or leave-in products are highly unlikely to provide you with any dramatic improvements.
Those that can use this combination might notice that their hair loss has slowed down, and in some cases shows signs of reversal. These non-invasive treatments improve hair growth and its fullness by surrounding the hair follicles that are not entirely dormant.