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Causes Of Hair Loss In Men

Most men experience hair loss at some point in their lives. By age 65, nearly two thirds of men have thinning hair. The overwhelming majority of cases are described as male pattern baldness (MPB), which is entirely hereditary.

We lose hair every day – about 50-100 is normal. It is not noticeable in a healthy head of hair, because new hair is always growing in. With male pattern baldness, the hair follicles shrink over time, causing the hair to be shorter and thinner. Eventually, the hair falls out and no new growth occurs. The “pattern” mentioned in male pattern baldness is the front hairline, which first recedes in an M shape, then eventually the hair on the crown also falls out for a U shape to the remaining hair.

A man is predisposed for male pattern baldness by his genetics. The way a man with MPB loses hair is a sensitivity to the male sex hormone that produces testosterone, called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The sensitivity develops over time, gradually becoming more pronounced. There are drugs that can block DHT and prevent hair loss, but it’s unlikely that he will begin treatment in time to prevent the majority of hair loss. Some medication for hair loss may cause sexual side effects.

The hair that typically does not fall out, along the sides and back of the head, is resistant to DHT. This is the hair used as “donor hair” in a hair transplant. In a hair transplant, a surgeon removes healthy hair from an area where it is densely growing and implants the grafts in the area with thin or no hair. Because the donor hair is resistant to DHT, it continues to grow healthy hair that won’t fall out.

If you have MPB, MAXiM Hair Restoration can help. With surgeons who artfully create an attractive hairline and convenient locations in New York, Long Island, Connecticut, Chicago, Dallas and the Washington, DC area, MAXiM can help you look your best with your own natural, growing hair. Contact MAXiM today to find out if you are a candidate for a hair transplant.

Treatment Options For Thinning Hair

Thinning hair is a problem that doesn’t go away. Most people don’t notice when they are losing a lot of hair until it’s unmistakable, or someone else points it out. When you finally realize you have thinning hair, your reaction may range from shaving your head to wearing a hat all the time. But there are effective options to treat thinning hair that can improve your confidence and appearance.

Lotions, pills, shampoos? Anything that is available over the counter is not a permanent solution, and can’t regrow hair in areas where growth is already thin. Artificial treatments like hair pieces or weaves are expensive and often noticeably unnatural.

hair transplant is a minor surgical procedure where healthy hair is taken from an area of dense growth and transplanted into areas with thin or no hair. Your own hair will then grow in the new area, providing a permanent, natural solution to hair loss. There are two main types of hair transplants: Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).

Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT)

Also called a strip transplant, a strip of hair is removed from the back of the head. The hair follicles in this strip are dissected and separated into grafts of 1-3 follicles each. The grafts are then implanted in the thinning area, carefully arranged along the planned hairline agreed upon by you and the surgeon. This is the traditional method of hair transplant. There is a scar along the donor site where hair was removed, which is covered by the surrounding hair. FUT does not require general anesthesia and takes about four hours on average.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Because each graft (1-3 hair follicles) is removed singularly with FUE, there is no scar following the treatment. Each graft is implanted with tiny incisions in the area to be treated. FUE does take longer than a strip transplant, up to 8 hours for one session. If more time is needed, additional sessions can be scheduled on consecutive days.

For both methods of hair transplant, you will see the new hair noticeably growing in within 6 months. The appearance of your hair a year after the transplant is generally well established, and the results are permanent.

MAXiM Hair Restoration offers expert and artful hair transplants with amazing results.  MAXiM has locations in New York, Long Island, Connecticut, Chicago, Dallas and the Washington, DC area. Contact MAXiM today to find out if you are a candidate for a hair transplant.

How A Hair Transplant Works

Hair loss can seriously affect your self-confidence, based on how you feel about your appearance. More people are looking at the only permanent and natural solution to hair loss – a hair transplant. How does a hair transplant work and could it be the right solution for you?

hair transplant is a cosmetic surgery procedure where hair is removed from an area of dense and healthy growth and implanted in the area with no hair.  There are two main types of hair transplants: Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).

Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT)

This is the traditional method of hair transplant. The surgeon removes hair from the donor site where hair is thick and dense, usually from the back of the head. There will be a scar where the strip of hair was removed, which is covered by the surrounding hair. It is performed under local anesthesia while the patient is free to relax, watch TV, or even take a nap. FUT has the advantage of allowing larger sections of hair to be transplanted within one session.

In FUT, hair grafts are transplanted, which usually contain 1-3 hair follicles. The procedure takes around four hours but depends on the size of the area being treated. The incisions made to receive the grafts are then stitched by the surgeon. The new hairline is designed with patient input before the procedure.

Most patients resume their normal activities after a day or two. The newly transplanted hair begins to grow in about four months, resulting in visible new hair within six months of the transplant.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

This method of hair transplant requires no stitches and does not leave a scar. Downtime is minimal, and patients can usually go back to work the next day. Under local anesthesia, the surgeon removes individual grafts of hair from the donor area and transplants them into the area with thin or no hair.

As each graft is implanted individually, FUE can take about 8 hours per session. Because it is minimally-invasive, FUE sessions can be performed each day for several days depending on the desired results.

FUE results in natural growth of your own hair that is visible usually within 6 months. Full regrowth can take up to a year, but it is permanent.

As with any cosmetic procedure, the experience and aesthetic skill of the surgeon makes all the difference. At MAXiM Hair Restoration, our surgeons artfully design your new hair line with the final style always in mind. You will love your new appearance. MAXiM has locations in New York, Long Island, Connecticut, Chicago, Dallas, and the Washington, DC area. Contact MAXiM today to find out if you are a candidate for a hair transplant.