There are many signs of aging that we can’t do anything about. There are also some signs of aging that we can treat — but only through surgery or long-term maintenance that, over the course of years, will cost an unimaginable amount of money. One of the most common signs of aging for men in particular is hair loss. Yet men can begin to lose their hair in a noticeable way when they’re quite young — sometimes even in their teens. Nor is hair always lost naturally; some people lose their hair due to skin conditions, or as a side effect of a medical treatment, in which case it doesn’t always grow back. Hair loss isn’t just an issue for men, either. Though hair loss is not a common sign of aging for women, it does happen. And very frequently, it causes a great deal of insecurity in both men and women. Unlike wrinkles or age spots, or a sagging neck, hair loss can be treated in a fairly simple way. Often, hair loss treatment is permanent as well, something that can’t be said of all cosmetic procedures. Let’s look into some of the options people have for hair loss treatment — and how it happens in the first place.
Hair Loss: How Does It Happen?
Hair loss is a natural occurrence for many people — but that doesn’t mean we have to accept it. And often, hair loss is premature, or extreme. In fact, 95% of hair loss in men occurs due to Androgenetic Alopecia or male pattern baldness. However, it’s believed that half of a man’s hair will fall out before anyone notices it. Thinning hair can be more noticeable in women sooner, as women are expected to have thicker hair than men on a normal basis. When hair loss does happen, it usually occurs much sooner than most people think — thin hair isn’t just for the elderly. It’s believed that by age 35, two-thirds of American men will have had experienced some degree of hair loss. And by age 50, 85% of men will have significantly thinning hair. This problem can be solved, but it does take a certain amount of time and money. Many people will attest that it’s worth it — not only on a cosmetic level, but an emotional one as well. Below, we’ll discuss two ways of fighting hair loss.
Scalp Micropigmentation: Adding To Your Hairline
Scalp micropigmentation is a means of fighting hair loss that is not as widely known as other methods of hair restoration. Essentially, scalp micropigmentation is a way of tattooing the scalp to increase the hairline. It is not for people who want to have long, thick hair. It only mimics the appearance of a hairline. It’s often recommended to people who keep their heads shaved. Scalp micropigmentation is subtle, pulling the hairline forward and looking very natural. It can also be added to if need be. For those who want or need a more dramatic effect, a hair transplant may be a better idea.
FUE Hair Transplants: Giving You Real Hair
If the above procedure doesn’t seem right for you, perhaps a FUE hair transplant will. Short for Follicular Unit Extraction, an FUE hair transplant involves harvesting units of one to four hairs with a tiny punch ranging from .7 to one millimeter in size. These harvested units are placed where hair is missing, giving a permanent effect and new hair growth. Typically, an FUE transplant takes about eight hours. Depending on your skin type, the redness surrounding the graft should fade as it settles in, in a matter of four to five days. This procedure is minimally invasive and an option for almost anyone, making it easy for people to get the appearance that they want.
You don’t have to accept hair loss if you don’t want to. These simple measures can give your hair new life, and change the way you see yourself.
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