When most of us think of the typical person suffering from severe balding, our mind usually imagines a greying, old man losing their hair thanks to genetics and age. Medically known as androgenetic alopecia, this may be the most common form of balding, affecting 80 million people in the U.S., but it’s far from the only way we lose our hair.
Androgenic alopecia, most commonly known as male pattern hair loss, is an extremely common issue for many men as they age. In fact, approximately half of all men over the age of 50 are afflicted. Though many happily embrace a hairless future, others choose to fight it in hopes of gaining back the confidence connected to their locks.
Hair loss is an incredibly common issue for many men worldwide. According to the American Hair Loss Association, by the age of 35, over one-third of men will experience Androgenic Alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness.
Thankfully, there are many safe and reliable options on the market to combat a hairless future, with some being more invasive than others.
Minoxidil is an FDA-approved drug for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia (hair loss). Prior to it being approved by the FDA for hair loss treatment, it was used as an oral pill to treat patients with high blood pressure. A common side effect of oral minoxidil is “hirsuitism” or increase hair growth on the body, face and scalp. In addition to increased (unwanted) body hair, in pill form, minoxidil has other side effects that made it impractical as an oral hair loss treatment.
Counting Scalp Hairs with Friends: An Introduction to Hair Density
When was the last time you asked a friend to look at a one-inch-square area of your scalp and meticulously count each strand of hair? Sounds like a great party game, doesn’t it?
Have you ever caught a glimpse of yourself in a photo or security camera and thought, who is that bald guy? Only to realize—that bald guy is you!