Hair loss treatments are becoming increasingly common, creating new options for those suffering with receding hairlines and other signs of male pattern baldness.
Here is a look at how the market has evolved recently and what solutions are growing a good reputation at the moment.
Finasteride for the win
One of the most popular hair loss treatments to take note of is Finasteride, with its effectiveness proven in clinical trials and 9 out of 10 patients seeing positive returns after using it.
In terms of how long it takes to deliver visible benefits, most see results from Finasteride in around 12 months, because it acts by making follicles more resistant to the increased DHT levels that are associated with male pattern baldness.
The upshot is that Finasteride can deliver thicker, healthier hair even in places where the rate of shedding has outpaced the rate of regrowth.
Most importantly of all, this is not some obscure treatment with questionable impactfulness; it has been approved by various industry bodies and is amongst the most widely prescribed drugs in the US. This should give prospective users all the confidence they need to explore Finasteride further.
Minoxidil makes a difference
Another hair loss solution with a track record for making a big difference in the lives of those with baldness issues is Minoxidil.
Although the exact process which this treatment catalyzes in order to halt and ultimately reverse hair loss is not completely comprehended by scientists at the time of writing, it is generally thought that it works by stimulating the blood vessels around follicles which in turn causes them to shed thinner hair and regrow thicker hair in its place.
Larger areas of the scalp from which hair has been lost are not as easy to treat, and it is generally demonstrated to be most effective when used by men who are undergoing the early stages of hair loss. This means that it makes sense to act sooner rather than later to treat this condition with the solutions that are ruling the roost at the moment.
Considerations & surgical alternatives
While both Finasteride and Minoxidil have been on the hair loss scene for some time now, it is worth noting that they both need to be used indefinitely by sufferers of male pattern baldness, because stopping their use will cause hair loss to recommence.
This is perhaps why more attention is also being paid to the surgical approaches to combating this conundrum. Hair transplants were initially the preserve of the rich and famous, but they are becoming more affordable and appealing to a mainstream audience as techniques improve.Of course surgery for hair loss is not without its issues and for many people it makes far more sense to use medical treatments that are able to allow them to make the most of the follicles that they already have to work with, rather than choosing more drastic intervention. Consulting a medical professional to find the path that is right for you is always vital, and there are different causes and approaches necessary depending on the age of the person.