Androgenetic alopecia or male pattern baldness is a widespread condition that affects millions of people across the world. This type of hair loss develops progressively, involving the appearance of a bald spot on the crown of the scalp with accompanied thinning of the hair at the temples.
Although this condition may happen to any man of various ages, many would experience pattern baldness as they approach their adolescence and early adulthood.
If a man suffers from pattern hair loss, there are various treatment options available to prevent its progression and recurrence. Despite the fact that there is no ‘sure cure’ for hair loss, there are hair growth products for men such as topical solutions (e.g., Minoxidil), oral drugs (e.g., Finasteride) and laser hair therapy (e.g., Leimo Laser Comb) that help stop hair loss at the same time encourage the healthy growth of the hair strands.
- Finasteride — is the second drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of androgenic alopecia. This drug, which belongs to the class of androgen inhibitors, partially blocks the body’s production of 5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme which is needed to convert the male hormone, testosterone, into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Finasteride also circulates through the blood and binds DHT into an unusable form, preventing hair loss and promoting better hair growth.
- Laser Hair Therapy — is one of the newest products that help in stimulating the healthy growth of the hair follicles. This laser phototherapy technology makes use of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) and Light Emitting Diode Therapy (LEDT) to excite the mitochondria of the weakening and dormant hair follicles. LLLT helps eliminate blockages like DHT in the scalp while LEDT promotes faster healing of the damaged tissues and cells. It also helps improve blood flow in the scalp, helping in the delivery of oxygenated-blood and nutrients on the hair roots for the production of stronger, fuller, thicker and healthier hair strands.
- Minoxidil — is the first of the two drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of male pattern baldness. This synthetic substance is used as vasodilator prescribed to help hinder the overproduction of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the scalp. Although this drug was initially invented for the treatment of high blood pressure, it was discovered that it can stimulate hair growth as a side effect. The downside of minoxidil is that if the use of the treatment is discontinued, any results achieved will disappear and the hair will start to fall out again.
The Laser hair therapy, Finasteride and Minoxidil are among the most popular hair growth products for men. However, before trying out any of these treatments, it is advisable to consult a doctor in order to find the root cause of your hair loss condition.