Thousands of men in the United States suffer from Androgenic alopecia, or Male Pattern Baldness. The men that suffer from hair loss find all aspects of their lives being affected. Their social life and confidence take a huge blow. There are many products out there that offer you a quick fix, however they will not give you the permanent results you are looking for. The only way to take your life back and regain your confidence is to get a hair transplant. While the idea of a hair transplant may seem intimidating, there are top surgeons in your area who specialize in this procedure. We will provide all of the information you need to go from hiding your balding head with hats or toupees, to having a full head of hair at the age of 65. It is up to you to take the first step.
What Exactly is Hair?
Hair is made up of a protein called keratin. It is produced in the hair follicles, which are located in the outer layer of the skin. Hair is constantly shedding, then being reproduced on every part of your body, except the palms of your hands and bottoms of your feet. In fact your head contains around 125,000 hairs and you are losing around 100 each and everyday. So how are you not bald?.. Simple. Hair goes through a three-phase cycle.
- Anagen: Hair growth that is actively happen for around two to six years.
- Catagen: transitional growth of hair that happens for around two weeks.
- Telogen: This is the resting phase were the hair then hangs out for two to three months, and is then shed and new hair replaces the old hair.
How Does Hair Loss Begin?
Hair loss is the thinning of hair anywhere on the body (mainly talked about of the head). This can occur either naturally or genetically. A natural process is called Involutional alopecia and it is a condition where the hair gradually thins with age. More and more hair follicles enter the resting stage, without getting replaced fast enough, leaving fewer hairs at a shorter length. A genetic version of hair loss could be Androgenic alopecia. This is a condition also known as male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness, since this can be found in both genders. In males, this condition can start as early as during teenage years, and is characterized as a receding hairline. In females, it starts in the 40s, and it is general thinning over the entire scalp.
A hair transplant is a very common procedure in which a surgeon will take existing hair follicles from elsewhere on your body and insert them into your scalp. This procedure is a little costly, but it can rebuild your confidence over night.