Though many see hair loss as an inevitable part of aging, there’s no need to let your hairline recede. Modern science gives you plenty of options to stop hair loss and even spur new hair growth. If you’re worried about your hairline, consider:
One of the most effective ways to not only stop but reverse a receding hairline is through hair transplants. Although there are a number of different procedures, the most common involves removing healthy hair follicles from the parts of your head that do not go bald. Your doctor will then implant them in the areas that are thinning, where they will grow in place of the hair you lost.
The benefit of transplanted hair is that it will continue to grow with the same characteristics that it had before the transplant. This means it is unlikely to fall out like the original hair follicles, allowing you to keep your full head of hair permanently. Because it is your own hair, it is also more likely to look natural. Doctors have learned to seamlessly incorporate transplanted hair across the rest of your head, leaving little indication that you were ever balding in the first place.
In addition to transplants, there are a number of other ways to keep hair loss under control, including:
- Scalp Protection – UV radiation speeds up hair loss, so wear a hat on sunny days and apply sunscreen to thinning areas.
- Minoxidil – Effective for both women and men, this product can slow or even reverse hair loss if applied at least twice a day for four months.
- Finasteride – A prescription pill, this product slows male pattern baldness and may even encourage new hair to grow.
- Vitamin B7 – Also known as biotin, this supplement may help thicken your existing hair, though it cannot re-grow lost hair.
- Lifestyle Changes – Stress, poor diet, and unhealthy habits all contribute to hair loss, so the sooner you get these under control, the less you’ll have to worry about your hairline. Avoid smoking, exercise regularly, and try yoga, meditation, or other activities that relieve stress.
Besides slowing hair loss on their own, these methods provide a powerful supplement to hair transplants. After a transplant, many find that what’s left of their original hair continues to thin, creating an uneven look. These methods will moderate that effect, keeping your hair full and natural for the long haul. Make sure to consult a doctor, however, before using any new supplements or medicines.
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Dr. John Frank, MD offers hair transplants, eyebrow transplants, and a variety of other hair restoration services. To learn more about keeping your hair healthy and full, visit our website today.