No one, young or old, looks forward to balding or thinning hair. Unfortunately, it is a sign of aging that often comes too early for certain people. By recognizing the signs of balding and how to prevent it, men can take early steps to maintaining and improving their hair growth as they get older. Here’s what you need to know about the early signs of balding in men, and how treatments like PRP for hair loss can combat hair loss.
What Are the Early Signs of Male Baldness?
One of the most classic signs of male balding is a receding hairline. You may notice that your hair appears thinner at the temples to create a more prominent widows peak—a hairline that looks like the letter M or a horseshoe. You may also notice that your entire hairline seems to recede or thin out all the way across the top of your head.
Another place to look out for hair loss is thinning at the crown of your head. If the hair on top of your head become sparser or if you notice a classic bald spot it may be time to look for ways to prevent further hair loss. You may need to use a hand mirror and the bathroom mirror to carefully inspect the top of your head.
Another early sign of male baldness is if you notice too many hairs in your comb, on your pillow, or in the shower drain after you’ve manipulated it. Although it is normal for you to lose about 100 hairs each day due to the natural life cycle of hair, it is unusual to notice excessive amounts of hair falling out every day.
Male pattern baldness in your gene pool is another early sign that you will eventually lose your hair. Traditionally, it was understood that baldness came from the mother’s father since the genes were identified on the X chromosome. However, hair loss can be more complicated than just one gene, and it involves a variety of other factors including some genes inherited from the father. Even if you have pattern baldness in your family history, your hair loss may happen at a different rate. Here are some things to know about male pattern baldness.
- By age 35, almost two-thirds of American men lose their hair due to male pattern baldness
- More than 85% of men experience male pattern baldness after age 50
- About 25% of men start losing their hair due to male pattern baldness before they reach the age of 21
- Male pattern baldness accounts for hair loss in 95% of men who go bald
Although it is not a typical sign of male pattern baldness, an itchy scalp can be a sign of other conditions that may be contributing to your hair loss. A build up of sebum on your scalp, or conditions like folliculitis, psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis can lead to damaged hair follicles and hair loss. If you have a recurrent itchy scalp, it is a good idea to speak with your dermatologist to get a diagnosis for what is going on and get treatments to clear it up so that you don’t lose your hair.
How to Prevent Balding/Hair Loss in Men
PRP Hair Loss Treatment
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatments are highly effective in preventing balding or hair loss in men. Several dermatologists, anti aging clinics, and hair-replacement specialists provide this treatment as a non-invasive way to improve hair loss. The procedure works by extracting the patient’s own blood and placing it in a centrifuge to extract the plasma. This plasma is then injected into the scalp to encourage hair growth.
Microneedling Vitamins Treatment
Delivering hair growth-boosting vitamins straight to the source is another effective way to fight hair loss. Some injectable vitamins offered by specialists through Mesotherapy include Panthenol, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B1, Biotin, and Iron.
There are also different medications that are often recommended by doctors to treat hair loss. One medication known as Rogaine (minoxidil) is a topical solution that was originally designed to treat high blood pressure but has also shown to be effective in promoting hair growth.
Propecia (finasteride) is also another option to treat hair loss by reducing the levels of DHT in the scalp. DHT is an androgen that gives males their masculine characteristics and is believed to cause the miniaturization of hair follicles, thus leading to male pattern hair loss.
There are also natural remedies many say are highly effective in treating male baldness. Essential oils like peppermint oil and rosemary oil have been used topically to boost circulation in the scalp and promote hair growth. In fact, peppermint oil was 60% more effective in improving hair loss than minoxidil!
Aside from using essential oils, healthy eating habits and stress management have also shown to have a positive impact on hair loss by reducing stress and malnutrition-related causes.
Choose the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic for PRP Hair Loss Treatment
If you’ve been struggling with hair loss and want to learn more about your options for restoring hair growth, there are many methods to consider. However, the best place to start is understanding what your specific issues are and which treatments are the most effective for your concerns.
At the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic, our PRP procedures are effective and well-loved by our clients. The short recovery time and natural results will have you looking refreshed and younger within months as you notice your hair growing back. If you want to learn more about how this procedure can help you restore hair growth, slow down and undo the signs of aging, contact us at (416) 546-4664, or e-mail us at info@AntiAgingToronto.ca. Book your first consultation today and our specialists will help you make the right decisions about your skin and hair.