Fighting Male Pattern Baldness with Hair Restoration Treatments

Male Pattern Baldness

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Male pattern baldness, also referred to as androgenic alopecia, is a genetic condition that, according to the American Hair Loss Association, affects approximately 66% of men to some degree by the age of 35. Sparse hair growth, receding hairlines, and bald patches are all characteristic of androgenic alopecia. Despite the prevalence of this condition and the fact that, medically speaking, hereditary hair loss is harmless, it can have a significant impact on a man’s self-esteem, potentially impeding his personal and professional success.


What Causes Male Pattern Baldness?

Male pattern baldness is caused by dihydrotestosterone (DHT), an androgen hormone that weakens the growth cycle of hair, resulting in the reduction of hair follicles. Initially, as the hair follicles shrink, they produce finer hair. Over time, as the hair’s growth cycle ends, no new hair is produced to replace it.

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What treatments are available?

For A Better Solution

Although there is no cure for androgenic alopecia, there are a number of effective treatment options available. Contact the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cory Torgerson and learn about the approach that is best for you.

Minoxidil (Rogaine)

Minoxidil (Rogaine) is a treatment that is applied directly to the scalp to slow hair loss caused by male pattern baldness. Rogaine is approved by Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This dermatologist-recommended product contains the active ingredient minoxidil, which helps regenerate hair follicles, leading many patients to report an improvement in hair growth. However, to be effective, it needs to be applied on a continual basis, and results are variable.

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Finasteride (Propecia or Proscar)

Finasteride is a prescription pill that works to reduce your body’s production of the DHT hormone. Many experts recommend finasteride over minoxidil, as it is reported to decrease scalp DHT by as much as 60%. And 90% of men taking finasteride see results. However, because finasteride alters your body’s hormone production, it may affect libido for men. It is also not safe for pregnant women, as it can lead to male birth defects. In addition, like minoxidil, it needs to be taken on a continual basis to see consistent results.

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP)

Many men who notice balding at a young age will simply shave their entire head to achieve a uniform look. Scalp micropigmentation is a meticulous, realistic approach where micro dots of semi-permanent ink are applied into the scalp, mimicking a closely shaved head with stubble. This technique transforms the look of a bald head to one that is shaved by choice for style reasons. For many men, this versatile, no-maintenance look is the fast, simple option that they are seeking.

Hair Transplant Surgery

If you are seeking permanent results to grow your own real hair, then hair transplant, also called hair harvesting, is the best option for you. At the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic, Dr. Torgerson uses the innovative NeoGraft follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplant procedure to deliver exceptionally natural results. Our team of hair transplant professionals carefully extracts hair follicles from a donor area at the back or sides of the scalp, where hair is traditionally thicker and able to resist testosterone. This method of extraction preserves the grafts, or hair follicles, which are then transplanted to the front of the scalp, where hair loss is evident. The NeoGraft procedure ensures that hair grafts are consistent in size, and they are applied to recipient sites on the scalp in a way that produces even, natural results and an attractive hairline. Although it takes 9 to 12 months to see the final outcome, patients will ultimately enjoy full, healthier hair – permanently!

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