Dr. Ankuja Mhaske

Hair loss in men, particularly male pattern baldness, is a prevalent concern affecting millions worldwide. Male pattern baldness typically manifests as a receding hairline and thinning crown, gradually progressing over time. While genetics play a significant role in predisposing individuals to this condition, other factors such as hormonal imbalances, stress, and lifestyle choices can exacerbate hair loss.

Fortunately, numerous treatment options are available to address male pattern baldness and promote hair regrowth. One of the most well-known treatments is minoxidil, a topical solution applied directly to the scalp. Minoxidil works by dilating blood vessels in the scalp, thereby increasing blood flow to hair follicles and extending the hair growth phase. It is available over-the-counter in various strengths and formulations, making it accessible to many individuals seeking to combat hair loss.

Another commonly prescribed medication for male pattern baldness is finasteride, an oral medication that works by inhibiting the enzyme responsible for converting testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a hormone implicated in shrinking hair follicles and shortening the hair growth cycle in genetically susceptible individuals. By blocking the production of DHT, finasteride helps to slow down hair loss and, in some cases, promote partial regrowth of lost hair.

In addition to pharmaceutical treatments, innovative therapies such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy have gained popularity in recent years as effective interventions for male pattern baldness. PRP therapy involves extracting a sample of the patient’s blood, processing it to isolate the platelet-rich plasma, and then injecting it into the scalp. Platelets contain growth factors that promote tissue repair and regeneration, stimulating dormant hair follicles and promoting new hair growth.

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is another non-invasive treatment modality that has shown promise in stimulating hair regrowth in men with male pattern baldness. LLLT devices emit low-energy laser light that penetrates the scalp and stimulates cellular activity within hair follicles, prolonging the hair growth phase and increasing hair density over time. This therapy can be administered at home using specialized laser combs or caps or performed in a clinical setting using more advanced laser devices.

For individuals with more advanced hair loss or seeking a permanent solution, hair transplantation remains the gold standard in surgical hair restoration. Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE) are the two primary techniques used to transplant hair follicles from donor sites to recipient areas of the scalp. FUT involves removing a strip of scalp tissue containing hair follicles from the donor area and dissecting it into individual grafts for transplantation. FUE, on the other hand, involves extracting individual hair follicles directly from the donor area using a small punch tool and implanting them into the recipient site.

In conclusion, hair loss treatment for men encompasses a range of options, from topical medications and oral therapies to advanced surgical procedures. By consulting with a qualified healthcare provider or hair restoration specialist, men experiencing hair loss can explore these treatment modalities and develop a personalized plan to address their specific needs and goals. Whether seeking to slow down hair loss, promote regrowth, or restore a full head of hair, effective solutions are available to help men reclaim their confidence and vitality.

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About Dr. Ankuja Mhaske

Dr. Ankuja Mhaske is graduated from D.Y Patil College, Pimpri and completed her post-graduation (MS) from Sangli. She started programming FUE and Direct FUE (DIRECT HAIR TRANSPLANTATION) after completing her post-graduation diploma in Medical Cosmetology and post-graduation diploma in Clinical Dermatology in 2016.