What You Can Do About Baldness

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February 23, 2015

Patients do not need to feel helpless about thinning or receding hair. For centuries, some men simply had to accept baldness as a fact of life. Fortunately, this is no longer the case. Not only can baldness be treated and hair replaced for most men, in some cases it can be prevented from happening in the first place.

Understanding The Causes Of Hair Loss

Research indicates half of all men experience some form of baldness by the age of 30. Usually caused by genetic factors, the hair typically recedes from the sides and thins near the crown. This leaves hair on the sides, back of the head and some in the middle in what some people describe as an "M" shape. This is what is typically referred to as "male-pattern baldness."

Preventing Further Hair Loss

If the hair loss is caused by something other than genetic factors, the key to treating it is to fix the underlying problem. That is why it is so critical to contact a dermatologist to seek a proper treatment for your hair loss. There are a number of FDA-approved treatments for hair loss. Several are topical treatments that can be massage into the scalp. These include:

  • Finasteride (Propecia): This works by blocking the conversion of testosterone into DHT, the substance that causes male-pattern baldness.
  • Minoxidil (Rogaine): Many men and women have used this topical formula with success.

Surgical Solutions

If hair loss has progressed to a point in which a patient either does not feel comfortable with it or can no longer prevent its progression, it may be time to consider surgical options. There are two primary options for surgical hair replacement:

  • Folliculary Unit Transplantation: A surgeon transplants hair from one area of the head to another.
  • Follicular Unit Extraction: This involves having hair robotically harvested from the back of the head and transplanted to thinning areas.

Are You Experiencing Hair Loss? Contact Drs. Goldman and Dubow

For more information about medical hair loss treatments, contact a dermatologist in Los Angeles who can diagnose your hair loss problem and prescribe appropriate treatment measures.



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