topical drug treatment (Regaine), manufactured by Pharmacia
& Upjohn is sold over the counter and saves hair follicles
from shrinking by tackling the testosterone and encourages the
regrowth of fine hair. Must be applied twice daily for best results
which may begin to show after four months or so. The major disadvantage
is that you commit yourself to it for life because if you stop,
any saved or regrown hair may fall out.
recently approved in the UK for the treatment and restoration of
hair loss. It was originally used for the treatment of prostatic
enlargement at a dose of 5mg daily, however studies showed that a
1mg dose was effective for hair loss.
It is taken as a daily tablet by men of any age and results have
you would rather avoid drug treatment, or the results are poor,
then you may wish to consider surgical treatment.
are three main types of surgery which are as follows;
transplants: This process of grafting involves the removal of
small portions of hair-bearing scalp from the sides or back of the
head and relocates them about 1/8th inch apart from each other, to
the bald or thinning areas. The process will require several
surgical sessions and you may have to wear a pressure bandage for
a couple of days each time and the whole process can take two
years to complete. It is expensive .
surgery: This procedure covers large areas of baldness quickly
and involves cutting out a section of bald scalp and lifting off a
flap of hair bearing skin still attached at one end. The flap is
moved into position and sewn into place whilst still connected to
the original blood supply. It is also (very) expensive.
reduction: Best for covering bald areas at the back and crown.
The procedure involves pulling sections of hair bearing scalp
forward to fill in a bald crown. Usually combined with grafts or
flaps. The process is invariably painful due to the tugging and
pulling, and several (expensive) sessions will be necessary.
you don't like the idea of surgery, and many of us don't, (me
included) there are other alternatives.
weaves: Made by weaving or braiding human and/or synthetic
hair into your existing hair. Difficult to keep hair and scalp
clean, a tendency to cause further hair loss and must be
repositioned every six weeks or so as natural hair grows. Can be
Made from human or synthetic hair and kept in place with adhesive
or clips. Good ones - made with human hair are expensive and need
replacing periodically. Cheap or poor quality ones are easy to
spot and look terrible. Avoid high winds!
Made from human or synthetic hair. Provide more complete coverage
but can be expensive. Again, avoid high winds.
major disadvantage with all of the last three remedies is that the
hair is not real growing hair. You know it and sooner or later
your friends will know it too. Your family knows already so you
won't fool anyone for long.