A while back, you began to notice the receding hairline, and the exposed temples. Then perhaps it was the bald spot that began to appear on the back of your scalp. You began to fret about the hair loss—checking the fallout rate as measured in the shower drain, or as strands in your hairbrush, and holding a mirror to the back of your head to measure the advancing balding spot. You began noticing other men’s hairlines, and started to look with envy upon those with a full head of hair. As your hair thinned you began to look and feel older. Your confidence seemed to recede with your hairline, which in turn seemed to make you question how successful, attractive, or competitive you are. Many men become disheartened and feel helpless because there are no lifestyle changes a person can make to change their hair loss. Sound familiar?
Although most men rarely discuss the topic, those who suffer from male pattern baldness are in general very unhappy with their situation. Hair loss can affect every aspect of their life. Some men suffering from male pattern baldness began to experience the demoralizing telltale signs before the age of 21. By the age of 35, 30-40% of men will experience thinning and notice a receding hairline. By age 50 nearly 85% of men experience some thinning or recessions, some to complete baldness.
The Norwood Classification System describes hair loss patterns in male pattern baldness. Below is a simplified illustration.
You may have seen the infomercials promoting the latest “scientific breakthrough” treatments for hair loss. However, as of 2015 there is no product, pill, lotion, potion, or vitamin supplement—including Rogaine and Propecia—that can permanently reverse and cure male pattern baldness. Any pharmaceutical product claiming that it can is simply selling snake oil—no ifs, ands, or buts. Maybe someday there will be a drug or genetic cure for baldness, but at this time, all claims of a “cure” are false.
A personal consultation with Dr. Harris is the best place to start to determine the best course of action for your unique circumstances. Options to be discussed include:
ACell™ / Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Learn more about the causes of hair loss in men or read about hair transplant surgery at HSC. Dr. Harris is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon and award-winning inventor of next-generation FUE transplant technologies.In 2016 he will be lecturing to hair transplant surgeons regarding best practices internationally. Learn more about Dr. Harris or schedule a personal consultation with the doctor.