Frontal baldness is typically the first noticeable indication of thinning. It is generally the first stage in male pattern baldness, but it can sometimes affect females as well. While numerous treatments claim to stop or slow frontal baldness, there are only two treatments that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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While many medical disorders or circumstances cause hair loss, The Hair Loss Learning Center identifies the hormone known as dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, as the main contributor. DHT is naturally produced by both men and women. DHT inhibits hair follicles, which are genetically programmed to thin when there are excess levels of the hormone. As this process repeats itself, hair becomes less dense and thinner.
Finasteride and minoxidil are two clinically tested, FDA-approved treatments for hair loss. Dr. Robert Bernstein, hair restoration surgeon and professor of dermatology at Columbia University in New York states that both treatments will regrow hair on the frontal hair line if there is hair remaining in the area. According to Bernstein, these treatments are indicated to regrow hair on the top of head because that is the scalp region where they were clinically tested. Bernstein suggests you ignore this disclaimer and consider both treatments frontal baldness.
Finasteride treats hair loss by lowering DHT levels, it is only for men suffering from male pattern baldness. It is taken once a day and, according to the American Hair Loss Association, stopped hair loss in 86 percent of men in clinical trials.
Minoxidil treats hair loss by increasing cutaneous blood flow to the scalp, reports Hair Site. Men and women can use minoxidil. You apply it twice per day. It was judged to be at least moderately effective in 84.7 percent of patients in a 2003 study published in the "Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery."
Bernstein debunks some of the more common misconceptions on his website. He says that it is a myth that wearing a tight-fitting hat or washing your hair too often can cause hair loss. Another myth is that genetic hair loss comes from your grandfather on your mother's side of your family. Bernstein explains that this myth was began in 1916 when Dr. Dorothy Osborne stated that genetic pattern baldness was inherited from only one specific parent. Bernstein claims that genetic baldness can come from both or either side of your family.
The Hair Loss Learning Center states that the only permanent solution to hair loss is a surgical hair restoration procedure, particularly in the frontal hair line area. The procedure transplants hair follicles that are resistant to DHT from the back and side of the head to areas that are thinning or bald. These hairs cannot thin because they are not prone to the effects of DHT and will regrow to their full capacity when they shed. According to the Hair Loss Learning Center, hair restoration surgery is the only way to restore significant amounts of hair to bald areas.
Non-surgical treatments can slow and prevent further baldness for many people, but a surgical hair transplant remains that only way restore hair. While this is an adequate solution for most, the amount of hairs that can be transplanted or restored is limited by the size and quality of hair in your donor area. The Hair Loss Learning Center notes that hair cloning may be a viable solution to this in the future. Healthy hair follicles, resistant to DHT, would be genetically multiplied and transplanted. Theoretically, this could create an infinite supply of donor hair.