Hair Loss Treatment for Men
For men, hair loss goes far beyond a skin deep issue. While it might seem more socially acceptable for men to be bald than women, this doesn’t make coping with hair loss as a man any easier. For men experiencing hair loss, many will seek treatments because it can lower their self-esteem and make them feel self-conscious about their looks, like they’re losing a piece of their identity as well as a sense of their youth.
Hair loss has also been linked to more serious mental health problems in men including anxiety and depression. Issues associated with hair loss can affect the overall quality of life for men, knocking their confidence across several important aspects of their lives including personal and work relationships and preventing them from living life to the fullest.
The good news is thanks to advances in research and technology, there are high quality hair loss treatments available now for men, including alternatives that are less invasive than hair transplant surgery and provide better, more natural-looking results than a wig or toupee.
Causes of Male Hair Loss
If you’re experiencing hair loss as a man, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Every single man will experience some degree of hair loss and thinning as they get older.
For some men, going bald is completely unavoidable because genetics plays a major factor. For a few men, they can start to go bald as early as their late teen years. If you start lose your hair at an extremely young age, this is often a sign that it’s hereditary and unfortunately you can only slow down the process from then on.
2. Male-pattern baldness
Male-pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss affecting men. It causes hair at the crown and temples to slowly thin and eventually disappear, affecting about half of all Australian men by the age of 50 and more than 80 per cent by the age of 70.
Although, losing your hair isn’t the same as going bald. Male pattern baldness is a genetic condition directly associated with male sex hormones. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the hormone which is said to give males their masculine characteristics is also responsible for contributing to male pattern baldness. Interestingly, DHT is an important hormone for hair growth on a man’s body like the chest, face and back. But if you’re genetically susceptible to male pattern baldness, DHT can bind to the hair follicles of your head, causing them to shrink, weaken and eventually stop growing altogether.
3. Medications, Stress & Chemotherapy
Other causes of hair loss in men can stem from side effects of certain medications, extreme stress, thyroid conditions, nutritional disorders and chemotherapy.
Treatments for Hair Loss in Men
1. Hair Transplant
A hair transplant is one of the most costly and invasive treatments for male hair loss. It works by removing hair from one area of a man’s scalp and grafting it to the thinning or balding area. The procedure often requires multiple sessions over several hours depending on the severity of hair loss. Like any surgery, hair transplants also come with their own set of risks and a lengthy recovery period. There’s also the possibility that the hair transplant won’t work depending on the condition of your natural head of hair.
2. Non-surgical hair loss treatments for men
While there’s no complete cure for hair loss, there are a number of safe and effective, non-surgical hair loss treatments for men available at CRLab Australia. Scientifically formulated to promote healthy hair growth, our range of trichology treatments can help combat chronic scalp conditions and hair thinning. We start by assessing your hair with a personalised and fully confidential consultation to determine the particular needs of your hair loss through a Tricotest.
This test is a microscopic analysis of both your scalp and hair to help us identify common issues which could be impeding your hair growth, such as styling product build-up, dirt, bacteria, DHT, excess sebum, fungus as well as overall poor hair nutrition. After the test, we recommend hair loss products and services specifically designed to target your hair loss needs. All of the products are produced from natural ingredients, such as plant stem cells and essential oils to ensure our clients have the healthiest approach to hair growth.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Men’s hair loss is mainly caused by male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia – a hereditary condition that affects all men to some degree as they grow older. Hair loss usually begins at the temples with the hairline gradually receding and subsequently hair at the crown or back of the head also starts to get thinner. Male pattern hair loss is instigated by a byproduct of testosterone, hormones called DHT which attack vulnerable and weak hair follicles. Over time, exposure to DHT leads to hair follicle miniaturization, where the hairs growing from the follicles become thinner and shorter with each cycle of growth and lose the ability to produce hair.
You can also lose your hair because of illness or surgical procedures, stressful circumstances, changes in hormone levels and scalp infections.
Most Australian men will become aware of hair loss as they grow older. Significant balding affects about one in five men (20%) in their 20s, about one in three men (30%) in their 30s and nearly half of men (40%) in their 40s (source: Andrology Australia)
The three most common types of hair loss are:
- Androgenic Alopecia – male or female pattern baldness
- Alopecia Areata – an autoimmune condition
- Telogen Effluvium – a condition cause by stress or traumatic experiences
There are numerous treatments for hair loss available, however, many are not scientifically proven to be effective and can carry significant risks or side-affects. Popular hair loss treatment options currently available from dermatologists, trichologists and specialist hairdressers include:
- Scalp Massage – designed to stimulate and promote hair growth.
- Hair Lotions and Tonics – such as Minoxidil (Rogaine) are available over the counter at pharmacies or from a dermatologist
- Hair Loss Tablets – are available by prescription from a dermatologist, and include Finasteride, Sprionolactone, Vuproterone acetate. These can have side-affects and can take years to begin to see the desired results.
- Surgical Hair Transplants – FUE and FUT involves removing hair follicles from one area of the scalp and implanting them to another area. These expensive and invasive procedures can be risky and, in some instances, just don’t work due to donor hair availability.
- Wigs and Hairpieces – a cheaper, temporary solution, that can be uncomfortable and inconvenient to wear and may not look and feel natural.
- The CNC System – a non-surgical medical grade scalp and hair prosthetic developed by Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories Italy, that is made using the latest 3D printing and high-quality unprocessed human hair. The CNC gives you complete freedom to live an active life – sweat, sun and waterproof
- CRLab trichology treatments – to nourish and improve the look and feel of virtually all hair types or scalp conditions.