If you have bald relatives or even those with severely receding hairlines, it is very likely you may have to deal with hair loss as you get older. You may already notice your hairline inching towards the top of your head. Hair loss affects about 35 million men and over 21 million women (Relevant Research, 2014) with the percentage of men seeing noticeable hair loss by the age of 35 at about 40 percent – yes, 40 percent. This is why it is so essential to understand the importance of early intervention with hair loss. For many, by the time hair loss is noticeable, the hair loss has been going on for years.
The Effects of Male Pattern Hair Loss
Male pattern hair loss happens over time – you don’t just wake up one day with no hair. Hair follicles shrink, causing hair to eventually fall out. Once this happens, the only way to cover the balding scalp is to have hair transplantation. This is where early intervention enters the picture.
You look in the mirror every morning and night where you inevitably notice that your hairline is creeping up your head. This is when you need to seek attention to it if it is bothersome or makes you self-conscious. The problem is that when you avoid it by thinking that everyone’s hairline recedes, you get to a point where the only option is hair transplantation.
Hair transplantation is often not the right option for men in their 20s when hair restoration is under discussion. Instead, the ideal option is to look at other options that facilitate expansion of the hair follicle and possibly even regrowth.
It is important to understand that without any early intervention, you will continue to experience hair loss. This will lead to continued hair transplantation and, ultimately, a point in time where hair loss exceeds the amount of donor hair available.
Early Intervention Methods
Hair follicles suffer from reduction at different times rather than all at once. Because of this, it is important to try to keep hair growing for as long as possible. By doing this, you can potentially keep hair growing so you can stave off further hair loss.
The way to do this is by working with the following:
- Prescription drug therapy – Rogaine® (Minoxidil) and Propecia® (Finasteride) are the only FDA-approved drugs to treat hair loss. Each works to slow the process of hair loss and even reverse hair loss.
- Laser hair therapy – laser hair therapy directs light energy on the scalp to increase blood flow and oxygen to hair follicles. The objective is to stimulate as many follicles as possible from the resting phase into the growing phase to increase hair growth.
Deal with Hair Loss Early
Many patients who deal with hair loss early are able to protect the hair they have and revive declining hair follicles. The key is early intervention with hair loss, so make an appointment with a trusted physician who specializes and has a stellar reputation in hair loss and restoration.