Treatments For Frontal Baldness
Unless you plan on wearing a ball cap around everyday for the rest of your life, it is nearly impossible to hide frontal baldness. A receding hairline is a clear give away that a man's vitality and youth are slipping away which can cause a lot of feelings of insecurity.
When a man has to deal with frontal baldness it is often extremely difficult because it is out there on display for the whole world to see and quite often, they feel that their bare head is what everyone is looking at. Of course, most of the time, they are the only ones that are focused on it.
It is estimated that approximately two out of three adult men experience some amount of hair loss and the ones that do, almost always experience it in the temple or frontal area.
Frontal baldness is almost always caused by genetics. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a hormone that is created when certain enzymes mix with testosterone. DHT attacks your hair follicles by shrinking them so slowly that it can take years for them to fall out. When they do fall out, new follicles do not replace them.
Because of this slow process, it is reported that nearly 50 percent of men can experience frontal baldness before they realize that hair loss is beginning to take place. Approximately 95 percent of hair loss is hereditary. The other five percent is caused from unknown reasons.
Men that experience frontal baldness have four FDA approved, medically established treatment options that are available to them including hair transplants, Propecia, Rogaine and flap surgery.
These are a cost effective way of rebuilding a hairline and reversing the appearance of hair loss. It is also the most permanent solution. New hair that has been implanted has almost a 100 percent success rate of survival and is not vulnerable to DHT because the hair is taken from a resistant scalp area from the donor. Doctors are able to rebuild your hairline by implanting one-hair follicular hair grafts in a zigzag pattern.
Although this method does not seem to do well in the temple area, it is proven to be quite effective at the mid-scalp and frontal areas. This method requires a lifelong commitment if you desire the look to be maintained. The dosage of Propecia is typically 1 mg everyday which can vary in price from $60 to $150 every month.
This was believed to be ineffective with frontal baldness for a long time but due to extensive testing, it was said in 2003 that it is effective. Rogaine needs to be applied twice a day and if you discontinue use, new hair growth will disappear. Therefore, if you begin using this treatment, it will also need to become a lifetime commitment.
Flap surgery has certainly come a long way in the past decade however, it is still not the most desirable method for combating frontal baldness. Despite improvement efforts, it still offers a fairly unnatural appearance due to the straight edge of hair that grows in the wrong direction.
This procedure is done by moving about 10,000 hairs that belong to a strip of your scalp lying adjacent to the area of baldness. The strip is cut and then rotated forward and attached.
Which Is Your Best Option?
Rogaine and Propecia both have proven positive results of growing new hair and maintaining it but they do not necessarily work with everyone, nor do they grow hair in the temple area which could be an issue depending on your balding pattern. Also, flap surgery leaves you with a thin scar and an unnatural appearance of hair that grows in the wrong direction.
Hair transplants are by far the best option. They look natural, last a lifetime and are cost effective. Of course, you could just sit back and deal with the hand you are dealt and enjoy life without worrying about your hair all the time.