The cause of hair loss in men is almost always genetic. It occurs in men between the ages of 18- 65 years of age. It follows a specific pattern, which may vary, greatly from one man to another. This pattern is called male pattern baldness or androgenetic allopecia. Men experience hair loss because their hairs are genetically susceptible to the hormone called DHT or dihydro testosterone. DHT will attack susceptible follicles and cause them to slowly shrink and eventually die.
Medical treatment for this problem offers three choices:
Rogaine: Rogaine is the derivative of a high blood pressure medicine called Minoxidil. It will not resurrect dead hair follicles, however, should living follicles be in the dying phase, Rogaine might sustain its life for several extra months or even years. It works best for the crown and is of less help than more forward you move from the crown. Once the Rogaine is discontinued there is usually a rebound effect, marked by the rapid loss of hair.
Propecia: Propecia is a derivative of the drug called Proscar, originally designed to treat men with enlarged prostate glands. This drug was found to successfully block DHT, which can trigger follicle death. While Propecia can’t resurrect dead follicles, it can prolong the life of those already in the dying phase as well as preventing others from entering the dying phase in the first place. It is the only FDA approved pill to treat male pattern hair loss. It also works best in the crown or vertex and less in the anterior mid scalp. It hasn’t been found to work in the front hairline or temporal area.
Laser: Laser hair treatments are thought to work by stimulating an increase in blood supply. The amount of regrowth is minimal at best, while the price for treatments is high. Laser treatment is not the most cost effective treatment available. There is only one way to get back a cosmetically significant amount of living, growing hair: a modern hair transplant.