Symptoms of Baldness
When hair starts to fall off excessively, a thousand thoughts can run through your head. It is commonly associated with old age, however, men would rather skip hair thinning, or worst – balding. Society is rather harsh towards those afflicted with the problem and this does not help in keeping the self-esteem up.
There are a lot of possible causes for hair loss. But the earlier it is detected, the better it is for the remedies to work. Read on to know the onset of this condition.
The Beginning of Baldness
Hair loss is a gradual process and starts to thin out on the front hairline and forehead. You’ll notice the “M” shape that a receding hairline forms on your head. Unfortunately, it is often others who get to notice these changes first. In some cases, it’s just pure denial, while, in some cases the volume of hair that falls is negligible enough until the big chunks of hair finally fall off. Remember, hair loss actually happens on a daily basis and hair is supposed to grow right back, but when it doesn’t, something is definitely wrong.
A very obvious sign would be receding hairline or excessive hair loss that doesn’t grow back. There is a possibility that androgenetic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness, is behind the thinning.
On this note, you might also want to check your pillowcases, and see just how much hair has fallen. If you find more than a hundred strands, you should be alarmed. In the same vein, hair brushes are also good indicators of hair loss.
A good way of assessing the hair fall is to look at past photos and compare your current hairline situation. With this comparison determine if your forehead has become bigger or more pronounced and if the hair on top of your head or what is otherwise known as the temple has also started to thin. When this happens, you can actually see an obvious bald pate that eventually spreads and forms a “horseshoe” on the sides and back of the head.
Another way of determining hair fall is to part your hair down the middle and just pull on the hair for the scalp to appear. Do this regularly and observe if the gap width between hairs has increased or not. The said widening is definitely a sign of thinning hair that might actually lead to actual hair loss.
Aside from the aforementioned areas, a widow’s peak is also a good telltale sign of balding.
How to Handle the Signs of Hair Loss?
Once you have determined that you are experiencing hair loss, it is time to act on it and bellow are some of the possible solutions that you can take to address this hair-raising situation.
Use Good Hairpieces
Wigs and other hairpieces like the toupee became popular in the 70’s, but the users complained about how un-natural they look on their heads. Nowadays, technology has allowed for the creation of hairpieces that use life-like looking hair, but they do not come cheap. Some look so fantastic that you could not tell it apart from natural hair. Just think of them as an investment for your self-esteem.
Change your Hairstyle
There are specific hairstyles that can help you hide your condition, at least until the time you are ready to deal with it with legitimate medicines. Avoid hairstyles that appear to desperately hide the loss. The more you hide it, the more it will show. Examples of these hairstyles include pulling down the bangs to hide the receding hairline and long hairstyles. These shall only work if the volume hair is still thick enough to allow you to pull off the natural look. Otherwise, short haircuts are advised. Please consult your barber of hair stylist on the best style for your hair.
For those who are just on the verge of hair loss, or are just in the early stages of it, below are some medicaments that you might want to consider.
Minoxidil is known to slow down hair loss and encourages the hair follicles to produce new hair. This topical medication is just applied to the scalp and takes four months to a year to produce the desired results. Good as it sounds, hair loss is bound to happen again the moment you stop applying it to your head. Other possible side effects include dryness of the scalp, irritation, burning and the scalp scaling.
Finasteride, on the other hand, is to slow down hair loss by blocking the production of the male hormone that causes the condition. With a higher success rate than Minoxidil, it is preferred by more patients. However, it is effectiveness ends as soon as you stop taking it. Similar to Minoxidil, it has several side effects that include itching, rashes, depression, hives and swelling of the face or lips, and difficulty of getting an erection.
Hair Transplant Surgery
Considered as the most extensive treatment for hair loss, it does its job by removing hair from the active part of the scalp to the balding areas. This required multiple treatments and has the risk of getting an infection. Patients who swear by it love the natural look that it gives and the fact that it is indeed permanent.
When to Have Hair Transplants?
Striking at almost any age, there is a right time for everything and this includes hair transplants. Men who are in their teens should be the most patient and should wait it out until they reach the age of 21 to be sure that their condition really merits an hair transplant. This is to prevent the original hair from falling off after a period of time. Thinking of this consideration, the best age would somewhere near 25.
Why Choose Follicular Unit Transplant?
There are different types of hair transplant out there and one of the more recommended would be the Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). This procedure transplants hair from the permanent zone, which refers to the back and sides of the scalp that’s less prone to balding, to the affected or balding area.
To be able to do this, naturally occurring groups of 1, 2, 3, or 4 hairs that are called the follicular units are used. Isolation of the follicular units from the donor strip without damaging them is made possible by graft dissection.
While the transplant procedure is happening, the grafts can be stored in a variety of solutions with HypoThermosol as one of the most commonly used. As far as the recipient sites are concerned, these are actually the tiny slits or holes that the surgeon makes on the scalp of the patient where he intends to plant the follicular grafts for the affected area.
These slits should be made by using lateral slits because they have the advantage of orienting the hair inside the follicular unit and make it match the way the hair grows in nature. Such an ability empowers the surgeon to control the direction and angle of hair growth.
Crucial to the outcome of the procedure would be the arrangement and positioning of the said units. When properly done, the transplanted units would look very natural and almost impossible to identify with the other healthy strands of hair.
If you want the best FUT hair transplant surgeon in Australia, Dr. Andrew Kim of the Australian Institute for Hair Restoration is the one to approach. Dr. Kim is board certified and has an extensive experience in performing FUT hair transplant in Australia and trainings abroad.
To learn more how Dr. Kim can help with your hair loss, call us now or simply fill-out our inquiry form today!