Hair Loss Treatments for Men
About 85% of men will have major hair thinning by the time they're 50. Some guys start to lose theirs before they turn 21.
Almost all hair loss in guys results from male-pattern baldness, a genetic trait that comes from your parents. Other causes include certain medications, too much vitamin A, or not enough protein. Illness or stress can lead to sudden, heavy shedding called telogen effluvium. Good news, though: Hair loss that isn’t from male-pattern baldness often reverses itself.
Drugs & Topicals
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two drugs to treat male pattern baldness:
- Minoxidil (Rogaine): Rogaine is available over the counter as a liquid or foam. Apply it to the scalp twice a day to grow hair and prevent hair loss.
- Finasteride (Propecia, Proscar): This is a pill that you take daily. It’s only available with a prescription from your doctor.
For both of these drugs, it may take up to a year to see results, and you’ll need to keep taking them to maintain the benefits.
The two most popular hair transplant procedures are follicular unit transplantation and follicular unit extraction:
Follicular unit transplantation (FUT): FUT is the more “classic” method. It involves removing some skin from the back of your scalp where there’s an abundance of hair, removing the follicles from that strip of skin, and then reinserting the hair follicles into the part of the scalp where you’re experiencing hair loss.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): In FUE, hair follicles are removed directly from the scalp and transplanted to the bald parts of the scalp. Keep in mind that a hair transplant is considered a surgery, so it can be expensive and may be painful. There are also certain risks, including infections and scarring. You may also need to do multiple hair transplant treatments to get the desired outcome.
Biotin is a vitamin found naturally in foods like:
- sweet potatoes
There’s some evidence that taking biotin supplements by mouth may slow hair loss, but most of the research has been done in women.
Quit Smoking: If you’re a smoker, you’ve probably heard about all the negative effects smoking has on your lungs. But did you know that smoking could cause hair loss — on top of facial wrinkles and premature graying of hair?
Scalp massage: Not only do massages feel wonderful, but they can help with your hair loss, too. Massaging the scalp stimulates the hair follicles.
A balanced diet: A well-balanced diet can keep your hair in tip-top shape. Make sure you’re including a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, unsaturated fats, and lean proteins in your diet, and limit your intake of sweets.
Laser Hair Therapy
Laser therapy is an effective option to treat hair loss because it has no known side-effects. Laser therapy does not require combing, nor applying messy solutions to the scalp. It can be used in combination with other therapies if desired. Whether used in conjunction with hair transplant procedures or prescription hair loss medications, laser hair therapy has the potential to significantly improve the health of the hair follicle, leading to a fuller and more natural looking head of hair.
Laser hair treatment with the Lux Laser Hair Growth Therapy is a painless and effective way to create a fuller head of hair through laser therapy to revitalize and nourish hair follicles. Clinical strength hair regrowth technology combats thinning hair for men and women.