The problem of baldness affects more than one third of men in their late thirties and over half of those in their fifties. This is what results from research carried out by OBOP a few years ago. But does this state have to be constant? Not necessarily. There are already some great methods to prevent excessive hair loss today. You do not have to worry about bald spots if you react early enough.
There are many types of alopecia but the androgenic variety is the most common one. Its characteristic features will be discussed in this article. I will try to explain the causes of baldness, its course and a few possible solutions to this problem. If you follow the advice below, you will be able to enjoy your lush hair for many years and other men will envy you.
Table of content
- Characteristics of androgenetic alopecia
- Pharmacological treatment of androgenetic alopecia
- The use of advanced technology in the treatment of baldness
Characteristics of androgenetic alopecia
Androgenetic alopecia is also called male pattern baldness, although it can also occur among women. This is the most common cause of hair loss, it characterizes nearly 95% of all cases. Genes are to blame for the appearance of androgenetic alopecia. Look around, if most of your family members have problems with hair loss, you are at increased risk. Studies carried out a few years ago show that hereditary alopecia is particularly common for Caucasian males.
How does androgenetic alopecia progress? You certainly know the mechanisms of its action. Hair loss begins either from the top of the head or from the receding hairline, then the so-called bends arise. Sometimes these symptoms occur simultaneously.
Many people are convinced that excessive testosterone is to blame for baldness. This is not true. In fact, hair loss is caused by a testosterone derivative, namely DHT. Most baldness remedies try to stop it. DHT causes hair follicles to become weakened, hair miniaturization occurs. In addition, it shortens the hair growth phase, making them fall out much faster. (1)
Pharmacological treatment of androgenetic alopecia
One of the most commonly used ways to fight baldness is to take medical treatment. Usually corticosteroids are used for this purpose, more specifically cortisone and related substances. The most important is, as with other types of treatment, to start treatment as early as possible, then the chances of success increase significantly. The drug is used in two forms: ointment applied directly to the hair or in the form of capsules.
Unfortunately, cortisol treatment can cause serious side effects. Topical application can cause irritation or acne. In turn, tablets can have even more dangerous effects. Some men put on weight or suffer from pressure disorders, vision problems or osteoporosis. In addition, libido may suffer. For this reason, cortisol treatment should not last too long. (2)
The use of advanced technology in the treatment of baldness
Fortunately, there are methods for less-invasive baldness treatment. For some time, the treatment with the use of low-energy LLLT laser has been considered the most effective (of course, apart from hair transplantation). Treatments can be performed in specialized clinics. The laser beam extends the hair growth phase, additionally blocks DHT and strengthens the hair. Everything is completely safe, there is no risk of irritation or any other side effects.
Recently, the LLLT laser built into a special comb for home use hit the market. The ViviComb comb is a real breakthrough in the field of baldness treatment. All you need is three 10- or 15-minute-treatments a week, and after two months you will enjoy incredible results. It is no wonder that ViviComb collects prestigious awards and is recommended by the largest specialists in the field of hair loss.
- Adel Alsantali | Alopecia areata: a new treatment plan | Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol. 2011; 4: 107–115.