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Androgenetic alopecia or male pattern baldness is the most common cause for hair loss in men, creating a receding hairline or a bald spot on the crown. Women more commonly suffer from hair thinning across the whole scalp due to hormonal changes, particularly with the menopause, or as a side effect of medication, disease, diet or trauma. Alopecia areata is another common hair loss condition affecting both men and women, whereby hair just stops growing. A variety of medications, surgical and non-surgical treatment options are available to treat hair loss and help to restore hair growth.
The drugs that are currently medically approved treatments for hair loss are Minoxidil, first discovered in the 1970’s and Propecia which has been used since the 1990’s.
Hair transplant or hair restoration surgery for hair loss involves the surgical transplantation of small hair grafts, which produce quite natural looking results and are often indistinguishable from normal hair.
On its own low-level laser hair loss therapy has been shown to be effective in improving hair thickness, but is often combined with proven hair loss drugs for a full hair loss treatment program.
Non-surgical hair replacement systems, also known as hair bonding or hair integration allow you to sleep, shower, swim and carry on with your life as if you had your own hair.
For many years, scalp flap surgery was used by plastic surgeons for the treatment of hair loss after serious scarring had occurred. It has been used for treating male baldness since the early 1980s.
The most common treatment for male baldness is hair transplantation. However, if you have already lost too much hair, scalp reduction surgery can reduce the scalp size to make you look less bald.