Hair Loss Prevention

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Statistics show that as many as 60 million Americans, both men and women, suffer from thinning hair. This figure includes more than half of all men over the age of 50. Take a walk down the street and you’ll see that it’s true. There are the businessmen with combovers or toupees fluttering in the wind, middle-aged hippies with ponytails and bald tops and women trying to cover their thinning locks by wearing hats and scarves.

Hair is a funny thing. The average person has over 100,000 hair follicles on his or her head. Each individual follicle is capable of growing about 20 hairs in a lifetime (which explains why it’s common to lose as many as 100 hairs in a day).

Permanent hair loss is usually caused by a combination of factors, including aging, hormonal changes and genetics. Generally, the younger you are when you start to lose your hair, the more severe your hair loss will be. Hair loss can also be caused by illness or injury (such as a burn).

Hair Loss Prevention

An unfortunate aspect of hair loss is that for many people, it’s inevitable – you can’t change your genes. As you grow older, there’s an increased chance that your hair follicles will reduce in size and become dormant. If you’re predisposed to baldness, there is very little that you can do to change your fate.

There are several drugs on the market that claim to slow down or prevent hair loss. Two of the most popular hair loss drugs are minoxidil (marketed as Rogaine) and finasteride (Propecia). While there is evidence that suggests these drugs are somewhat effective in slowing hair loss (and perhaps even causing regrowth of hair), they aren’t miracle cures. At best, they will delay the onset of hair loss and minimize its adverse effects on your appearance. Before you rush out to the drug store and purchase a hair loss remedy, make sure that your expectations are realistic.

Hair Loss Solutions

There is no sure-fire cure for hair loss. That doesn’t mean that you don’t have any hair loss treatment options, though. If you’re looking for a hair loss remedy that’s more permanent than the over-the-counter drugs mentioned above, surgery may be your best option.

If you’re interested in finding out whether you’re a good candidate for a hair transplant, book an appointment to speak in person with a hair loss specialist.

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