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A Guide to Male Hair Loss Treatments

Hair loss affects many men at some point in their lives. Typically, an individual sheds between 50 and 100 strands of hair each day, but losing more than this can result in visibly receding or thinning hair. In Singapore, approximately 63% of men experience some degree of hair loss. This article offers insights into male hair loss, exploring its causes and the different treatments available.

Causes of Male Hair Loss

Several factors contribute to hair loss in men, including:

  • Genetic Predisposition: Individuals with a family history of male hair loss or hair pattern baldness are more likely to develop this condition.
  • Hormonal Imbalances: Excessive levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone responsible for male sex characteristics, can cause hair follicles to shrink over time.
  • Underlying Health Conditions: Certain conditions, such as thyroid disorders, scalp infections, and autoimmune diseases, can interfere with the normal hair growth cycle and cause excessive shedding.
  • Medications: Blood thinners and cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation may lead to temporary or permanent hair loss.
  • Lifestyle and Environmental Factors: Poor lifestyle choices such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and prolonged exposure to pollutants and UV radiation can damage hair follicles and affect hair growth.
  • Nutritional Deficiency: A lack of nutrients essential for hair follicle health and keratin production, such as iron, zinc, biotin, protein, and vitamins D and B12, may contribute to hair loss.
  • Aging: As men age, the rate of hair growth decreases, and hair follicles become less receptive to growth signals. This natural aging process can cause a gradual thinning of the hair.
  • Physical and Emotional Stress: Physical stress from strenuous activities or emotional stress from major surgery or traumatic events can trigger a condition known as telogen effluvium, resulting in excessive shedding and temporary hair loss.

Common Treatment Options for Male Hair Loss

There are several effective treatment methods available to help restore hair growth and prevent further hair loss. Some common treatments include:

  • Oral Medications: Finasteride is a prescription medication that is known to reduce the amount of dihydrotestosterone in the body. As a result, this medication helps slow down hair thinning and stimulate new hair growth.
  • Topical Solutions: Minoxidil is an over-the-counter topical solution that is applied directly to the scalp twice daily. This treatment helps slow down the shedding process and stimulates the growth of new, thicker hair.
  • Hair Growth Laser Therapy: This non-invasive technique uses low-level light energy to activate cellular activity within the hair follicles. It also improves blood flow and nutrient delivery to the scalp and encourages hair follicles to grow during the anagen (growth phase).
  • Hair Loss Injections: There are two types of hair loss injections available, including:

    • Regenera Activa®: This treatment uses regenerative growth factors harvested from the patient’s own healthy hair cells to promote new hair growth in areas of the scalp.
    • Steroid Injection: This treatment reduces inflammation around the hair follicles for increased growth. It is typically used to treat certain types of alopecia.
  • Hair Transplant: Hair transplants involve harvesting hair follicles from one area of the body and implanting them onto bald areas of the scalp. This procedure involves two primary techniques, such as:

    • Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): This procedure involves extracting individual hair follicles or grafts directly from the donor area. Typically, this area is located at the back or side of the head. The extracted follicles are then implanted into the balding or thinning hair area, one at a time. Compared to other hair transplant techniques, FUE is less invasive and offers reduced linear scars and minimal recovery time.
    • Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT): This involves removing a large strip of scalp tissue from the back of the head, resulting in a long linear scar. The scalp strip is then divided into individual follicular units containing one to four hairs. These hair follicles are then re-implanted in the balding area to create natural-looking hair growth. FUT is often recommended for men with severe hair loss.

Factors That Contribute to Hair Health and Regrowth

The following factors can help in improving one’s hair health and promote its growth:

  • Diet: A well-balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and proteins can aid in maintaining hair health. In addition, vitamins such as biotin, vitamin E, and iron support hair strength and durability, while omega-3 fatty acids can promote a healthy scalp.
  • Scalp Care: Regular, gentle cleansing with mild shampoos can maintain scalp hygiene and prevent issues such as dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis, which can worsen hair loss due to excessive scratching. Avoiding harsh chemical treatments like bleach or hair dyes can also preserve hair integrity and prevent damage.
  • Stress Management: Chronic stress can trigger conditions like telogen effluvium, where a significant amount of hair transitions to the resting phase and sheds. Incorporating stress-reduction techniques such as exercise, meditation, and adequate sleep can reduce this effect.

Hair loss in men can vary in severity and cause considerable distress. To address this issue effectively, men experiencing hair loss should seek guidance from a aesthetic doctor trained in treating hair loss.

At Zion Aesthetic Clinic, we offer a wide range of evidence-based treatments, including hair growth laser procedures, to help patients address hair loss. Contact us at 6235 7358 to find out more about our hair growth treatments in Singapore.

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