The standard human head has about 100000 hair follicles that create some 135000 strands.
Each follicle can develop about 25 individual fully-grown hair strands in a one’s lifetime.
About 35 to 90 lost strands a day, is a totally natural process.
Progressive, long lasting hair loss, or hair thinning, involves the state of absence of hair on the scalp skin, condition named alopecia.
The most common form of baldness is a progressive hair thinning condition called androgenic alopecia or “male pattern baldness” that occurs in adult males and females.
The male-pattern baldness is characterized by hair receding from the lateral sides of the forehead, known as receding hairline.
Because the severity and nature of baldness can vary greatly, alopecia androgenetica is classified on the Hamilton-Norwood scale I-VII. This scale was first introduced by Dr. James Hamilton in the 1950’s and later revised and updated by Dr. O’Tar Norwood in the 1970’s and it represents graphically the male-pattern baldness pattern so anyone can easily classify its status.
Options for men
Unlike female-pattern hair loss, men have several extra options.
Treatments for the various forms alopecia have limited success, but typical male pattern baldness is now a preventable and reversible condition, to a certain extent.
According to a prominent Swiss hair transplant surgeon, before considering hair transplant surgery, men can use medication against baldness such as finasteride, minoxidil, or non-medicated options such as Kératene alphactive rétard, all products designed to manage and control the effects of alopecia androgenetica, by delaying the effects of the follicular miniaturization and preserving the existing hair density.
Such options may however offer the patient a specific period of beneficial effects.
For a permanent result against baldness, hair transplant is one of the most effective treatments against baldness to date.