Previously, hair loss affected the elderly more than the young. Nowadays, the course of baldness in men has changed and is becoming more and more present in young people.
What causes it? What are the best treatments? Are implants effective?
What is baldness?
At a certain age, men often encounter a loose skull instead of full hair. Note, however, that hair loss is generally due to genes and hormones.
At what age should we talk about alopecia?
When it is hereditary, alopecia can start very early, during adolescence, and even in early adulthood. Most of the time, early-onset alopecia becomes more severe over time. It is a disease that tends to develop over time and with age. For example, it is about 25% of men aged 25, 40% of men in their forties, and 50% of men over the age of 50.
Women, to a lesser extent, face this disease, although it is present, it is of little manifestation, because the hair loss is wider and therefore more secretive.
Is vixen a racial issue?
Regarding heredity, androgenetic alopecia can affect everyone, all origins combined. However, it is more noticeable in people of Caucasian origin, who suffer from it most often. In the regions of Southeast Asia, for example, men are much less than encountered in our country.
Male-pattern baldness, what should be understood?
Like any process, hair respects a fairly objective growth cycle, during which several phases follow. This process is intended to help us understand what happens to baldness.
First, we are talking about anagen or growth phase which can last up to 7 years; This is followed by a short regression phase also called the regression phase. This second phase generally lasts two weeks before the resting phase, in other words telogen, which lasts a maximum of 100 days.
However, are these stages always respected?
The answer is no! For androgenetic alopecia, for example, the anagen phase can decrease significantly, in contrast to the telogen phase, which increases. This means that hair grows shorter and falls out faster. And during the 25 repetitive cycles of shedding and regrowth, the follicle gets tired and ends up not producing hair at all!
What are the appropriate treatments for hair loss?
In order to prevent hair loss, two drugs are being extensively tested, among them:
- Minoxidil: Used twice 1 mg/day, it is the reference treatment, it is a cream that is applied to exposed areas and is also effective for hair growth. However, its mode of action is not very clear, as it is a process that was originally used to treat high blood pressure. It is also effective for good blood circulation.
The effects of the treatment will not appear until after 4 months.
Without pressure, you can buy it without a prescription!
- Finasteride: Unlike minoxidil, it is taken orally at a dose of 1 mg / day. However, this drug must be prescribed by a doctor.
It will be ideal for hair growth and at the same time help reduce DHT levels and cycle frequency. For finasteride, its effects will start to appear after 6 months and can last up to a year. A big comment among patients is that it allows up to 65% of hair to grow. On the other hand, side effects of a sexual nature are noted, for example, a reduction in sexual pleasure or erectile dysfunction.
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