Once you start losing hair or hair loss becomes an issue for you, you gradually become familiar with certain terms because you search, read, and learn while trying to find the right solution for your hair loss problem. And “male pattern baldness” is one of those terms that you come across first in your research. But what exactly is male pattern baldness?
Male Pattern Baldness
Also known as male pattern hair loss or androgenic alopecia, male pattern baldness is the reason for hair loss in most men. Male pattern baldness mostly affects the frontal hairline and the crown areas. It usually happens due to genetics, hormonal changes, and ageing.
If your close family members or relatives suffer from male pattern hair loss, you may most likely experience hair loss too. Although male pattern baldness may happen as a result of ageing, mostly affecting men over the age of 50, for some men, hair receding may start as early as the 20s. And regardless of age, it is very well known that hair loss has an impact on emotional well-being.
Although hair loss may be distressing, it is not a problem without a solution. Depending on the reason for your hair loss, your doctor would recommend your hair loss treatment options.
Treatment for Male Pattern Baldness
There are different treatment options for male pattern hair loss. If we put them in two main categories, there are surgical and non-surgical options.
Non-surgical treatment options include medications and laser therapies. However, non-surgical treatments do not offer a permanent solution to hair loss. They are used to slow down the pace of hair receding. And the impact of non-surgical treatments may vary from one patient to another.
Surgical treatments, especially hair transplant, offer permanent and natural-looking results for hair loss.
Hair Transplants As a Solution for Male Pattern Baldness
Hair transplant is a surgical procedure involving the extraction of healthy hair follicles from the donor areas and implementing them to the balding (recipient) areas. It would not be wrong to say that hair transplant is currently the only treatment offering a permanent solution to male pattern baldness. But unfortunately, not all men who experience hair loss are suitable for a hair transplant. Age, medical condition, and the severity of baldness are key when it comes to determining suitability. And once you know that you are a suitable candidate for a hair transplant, it is time to wish farewell to baldness.
As technology advances, new techniques of hair transplant emerges. Instead of the invasive FUT technique, now we have FUE, Sapphire, and DHI Hair Transplant that offer natural-looking results with no visible scars as they don’t involve the extraction of a strip of scalp tissue, unlike FUT. In these new hair transplant techniques, hair follicles are extracted one by one from the donor areas. Therefore, compared to FUT, these techniques are more labour-intensive. And in countries such as the UK and the US, where labour costs are relatively high, these new technology hair transplant treatments are not affordable. However, it does not mean that you cannot have a hair transplant if you are not willing to pay a “fortune”. Thanks to medical tourism, hair transplant performed by the latest technology are accessible more than ever. And medical travel companies like MCAN Health offer hair transplant in Turkey at luxurious and accredited Polyclinics at very affordable costs.