For many, a bald spot can catch many by surprise, once it becomes very noticeable. It can become a real confidence killer and contribute to one’s insecurities.
Hair loss impacts millions of people every year, with the severity ranging from bald spots to complete balding of the scalp. Like any other type of hair loss, a bald spot can occur from a variety of factors. The majority of bald spot cases are usually due to Male or Female Pattern Baldness, also called Alopecia Areata. Classified as a very common autoimmune disease, Alopecia Areata accounts for about 95% of hair loss cases.
Despite the impact bald spots can have on one’s confidence, thankfully they are almost always treatable with different strategies. There are both surgical and non-surgical methods that can help with this kind of hair loss situation. In this article, we will go over the top 5 ways to get rid of a bald spot.
If you have any questions regarding your hair loss situation, you should talk to a hair loss expert to learn more about potential treatment options.
Originally created to treat high blood pressure, soon after that it was discovered that Minoxidil had properties that promote hair growth in patients. It is effective in helping promote hair growth in people with androgenic alopecia regardless of sex. About 40% of men experience hair regrowth after 3–6 months. Minoxidil must be used indefinitely for continued support of existing hair follicles and the maintenance of any experienced hair regrowth.
Interestingly, the mechanism by which minoxidil promotes hair growth is not fully understood. Minoxidil is a potassium channel opener, causing hyperpolarization of cell membranes. Theoretically, by widening blood vessels and opening potassium channels, it allows more oxygen, blood, and nutrients to the follicles. This may cause follicles in the telogen phase to shed, which are then replaced by thicker hairs in a new anagen phase.
Finasteride was originally used to treat men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), but a side factor of the medication included combating male pattern hair loss, also called androgenetic alopecia. It may be used alone or in combination with other medicines such as an alpha-blocker to treat BPH. For men with hair loss, finasteride will increase the number of scalp hairs but will not increase the amount of body hair.
Dr. Max’s Hair Boost
At Hair By Dr. Max, we are attentive to all your hair restoration needs and are happy to offer other solutions to help you achieve thicker, fuller hair. Hair By Dr. Max offers Dr. Max’s Hair Boost, which are topical solutions formulated with DHT blockers and other ingredients. Our Hair Boosts have been clinically proven to boost your hair follicles and increase hair density. Because the solutions are applied topically to the skin, there are also less systemic side effects.
Our Hair Boosts come in solutions for use by both men and women; both formulas are prescription-only and do require a formal consultation with Dr. Max. Come in today and learn more about which non-surgical hair loss treatment might be best for you.
In the following article, we will go over the ingredients in our hair boost topical solution for men and women who suffer from hair loss. Keep in mind, it is always best to consult your doctor or a hair specialist before taking any medications. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 954-945-2909.
3. Hair Transplant Surgery
For some, the term “hair transplant” can conjure up images of bad, plug-looking results that show full transparency of a procedure having been done. This is no longer the case with modern transplants as the technology in this field has greatly advanced since the 1980s hair plugs’ days.
Essentially, a hair transplant is a cosmetic procedure that involves harvesting hairs from a certain part of your scalp, and transplanting them onto a different part of your scalp. This donor area for the most part is usually the occipital (back of the head) area of your scalp since the hair here rarely recedes.
There are two main methods of hair transplantation involved in the majority of modern procedures: FUE and FUT. If you’d like to learn more about the differences between these two methods, feel free to read our article on that topic here.
Despite technological improvements, FUT still had its list of drawbacks. Its signature con was the unsightly linear scar that would be left in the back of the scalp. This itself caused a whole other list of negative symptoms for the patient.
Here at Hair By Dr. Max, we do offer FUT Scar Repair if you have a scar from a previous FUT hair transplant. If this interests you, please feel free to Contact Us at 954-945-2909 or Schedule a Free Consultation here.
To combat all the issues that were present with the FUT procedure, Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) was introduced to the medical literature in 2002. With the Manual FUE method, an instrument is used to make a small, circular incision in the skin around a follicular unit. This process separates the follicular unit from the surrounding tissue. The follicular unit is then extracted from the scalp, leaving a tiny hole which heals in a few days. This process is repeated until the desired number of follicles are obtained.
At Hair By Dr. Max, we choose the FUE method as a means of transplantation. We also greatly promote our use of the ARTAS iX Robotic Hair Restoration System which has very much improved the efficiency and accuracy of modern-day surgeries.
To view our before-and-after results gallery, click here.
4. Scalp Micropigmentation
Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is another popular solution for hair loss. It is a non-invasive treatment that creates the appearance of tiny hair follicles, restoring the appearance of hair on a shaved scalp by creating the illusion of a thicker head of hair.
The goal of SMP isn’t to create hair-like lines that are perfectly lined like microblading eyebrows, but instead to use tiny, layered dots in different hues of black to replicate the look of a shadow on your scalp. This style, referred to as pointillism, is done to create natural-looking depth and definition. It is also a great option when all you want is to add density to your hair.
You can view our Scalp Micropigmentation before and after results here.
5. Switch Up Your Hairstyle
If none of the above options are possible or not what you would want to do, you can always resort to changing your hairstyle to better fit your look. We can all understand how effective the right hairstyle can have on someone’s look. With that in mind, the process of going bald proves to be daunting for so many since they feel they don’t look as good as they did before.
However, that is not always necessarily true. There are multiple different ways one can style their hair to minimize bald spots from being seen.
One very manageable haircut to sport if you are concerned about a bald spot, or thinning hair in general, is a Buzz Cut or Crew Cut. Having a short haircut takes away any contrast between the bald spot and the rest of your hair, thus making for a rather simple way to handle thinning hair.
In contrast, another option one could go with to take away from a bald spot is to actually grow out their hair and have it cover the thinning area. A few hairstyles that fit this look would be a quiff or a slicked back look.
Alternatively, if all else fails or just simply proves to not work, you can always embrace your thinning hair and shave it all off. While it may seem like there is a negative stigma to losing hair, that really isn’t the case. Many people can actually rock the bald look far better than if they had hair.
At the end of day, like most things when it comes to style/appearance, it all comes down to confidence. If you’re comfortable and confident in your own skin, other people pick up on that energy.
Whether you choose to go with a hair transplant, medication, or a new hairstyle, be sure to do your homework and proper research on whatever option you decide to move forward with.
If you have any questions regarding a hair transplant, topical hair growth solutions, or any of our other hair restoration services, feel free to call us at 954-945-2909 to schedule your Free consultation.
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