Male Pattern Hair Loss


Understanding hair loss in men


How many people do you see around with hair intact as they had it in their 20s or 30s? Not many, in fact by late 20s, many starts with thinning hair, which goes on to show a bald patch, and then start balding from the crown. The fore line of the hair recedes showing the forehead more with time. The last stage is usually the bald head, with the hair at the back of the head still intact. This is the typical Male pattern baldness.


Male pattern baldness is the most common problem for which transplants are done. Besides this is one problem which has had an extremely high success rate. This is due to the fact that men make for good candidates for hair transplants due to their stable donor sites.


One of the most popular and proven procedures for treating Male Pattern Baldness is Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE. Popular as the minimalistic surgical or invasive procedure, this procedure is based on the principle of extracting hair follicles from the donor sites to the recipient site. The donor sites in men are the back of the head, sideburns and body hair if needed.


The procedure begins with local anesthesia being administered into the scalp. The donor site is marked off beforehand as well as the recipient site. In case of severe hair loss, the crown is also marked off. The number of grafts to be used is already calculated.


With the anesthesia taking effect, the extraction begins. Follicles are carefully extracted and put onto a petri dish which is immediately washed and prepared for transplant by the team present. These follicles are then implanted onto the incisions already made by the surgeon at the recipient site. Each of the grafts is carefully places, supplicating the angles at which natural hair grows. The procedure may take up to four hours sometimes.


When an individual suffers from Male Pattern baldness, it happens over a period of time. During this time he gets used to hair fall and to feeling no hair on his head. Hence while opting for a transplant experts also suggest getting a PRP done. This is done during the insertion of the grafts into the recipient area. Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is administered with microinjections to boost follicle growth. Hence the consequential turf at the end of 6 months is more intense and dense.


Alternative treatments have also been explored for Male Pattern baldness like stem cell therapy and Mesotherapy for thinning hair. Male pattern baldness is treatable. Results have been extremely encouraging and hence people often go for another session of the treatment post the initial phase for denser looks. This speaks volumes about how people who have already undergone a hair transplant gained confidence in themselves as well as the procedure.

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