Proven Treatments to Overcome Male Pattern Baldness
Male pattern baldness (MPB) is a common condition which affects many men. Most men who suffer from this have significant hair loss by the age of 50. There are a few medications which have proven to be effective in treating for MPB. These are:
— Minoxidil (sold under the name of Rogaine).
This is a solution which is applied directly to the scalp. It helps to prevent further hair loss and in some cases, new hair follicles are also generated. Minoxidil is used every day and results start to appear after four months. There are two solution strengths, 2% and 5% where improvements are more significant when using the 5% solution.
— Finasteride (brand name Proscar and Propecia).
This is a pill prescribed for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), as well as for MPB. It acts as a blocker in the production of a form of testosterone linked to MPB. Studies have shown that it may be more effective than minoxidil in treating for baldness. However, in about 5% of cases, loss of sex drive has been reported. There have also been reported cases of depression due to its use.
— Dutasteride (brand name Avodart).
This is another pill for BPH. Like finasteride, hair growth is a side-effect of this drug. However, compared to finasteride, it has been proven to be more effective in the treatment for baldness. Reported side effects for dutasteride include testicular pain, increased breast size, breast tenderness, sexual problems and impotence. Additionally, dutasteride users are not allowed to donate blood up to six months after they stopped using the drug.
The above treatments work with varying degrees of success. Users would have to undergo treatment for at least four months before seeing any results. The users would also have to continue with their treatments indefinitely because when the treatment stops, the hair also stops growing.
Using finasteride with minoxidil has proven to be an even more effective treatment regimen. The combination has a multiplier effect. Minoxidil acts like a fertiliser for the hair follicles, and combining daily scalp treatment with a finasteride pill multiplies the results.
Outside of medications, the most viable alternatives to treat male pattern baldness is hair transplant treatments. In hair transplants, individual strands of hair including their healthy follicle are moved from areas where they continue to grow, and insert them in the bald areas. Successful hair transplants result in more natural looking hair compared to weaves and wigs. Although hair pieces (wigs) and weaves are not treatments, these are also popular and effective ways to hide the bald spot.
If you are going bald and want to prevent it, weigh the possible consequences of your options before committing to a treatment.