Around half of all men over the age of 50 experience hair loss to some extent. Most just accept their baldness; although few relish their newly thinned hair pattern. In recent years, however, it has become accepted that men pay as much attention to their appearance as women. As a result, hair transplant surgery is becoming an increasingly popular solution to male pattern baldness.
The effects of baldness
Baldness is the common term given to men who experience hair loss; although the medical term for the condition is androgenetic alopecia. The average time it takes for men to go bald with this condition is usually about 15 to 25 years. In some men, however, the timescale is drastically reduced to as little as five years. While some are happy to let age take its course, many find the condition damages their self-esteem. Such self-confidence issues caused by hair loss can go on to affect more than just a person’s appearance.
The typical pattern involves the hair receding at the front. Simultaneously, the hair starts to thin on the top of the head, resulting in a bald patch developing in the centre of the scalp. Eventually, the receding front and the bald patch at the crown get bigger and merge, forming a large bald patch. At this stage, some men seek advice as to their options for hair restoration.
The solution to the problem
Medication such as Finasteride may be the answer but hair surgery is often considered if the desired impact isn’t achieved. It is important that anyone seeking such a solution is given all necessary information about any proposed hair surgery. Expectations should also be clarified to ensure the desired results are achievable. There are an increasing number of hair restoration options available; leading many men to realise that they do not have to accept baldness anymore.