There are different remedies available to treat androgenic alopecia. Each has their own set of strengths and weaknesses toward its approach. It is important to remember however that there are different stages for this type of hair loss. A remedy that might be appropriate at a particular stage of its progression might not be so effective when the balding becomes more evident.
It is true that androgenic alopecia is the most common among the hair loss conditions. This should not however be automatically assumed because there are still other types of balding that could occur. Treatment for these instances might be different to how male or female pattern baldness should be approached. What might work for one might not be as effective for another. For this reason, a patient should always consult with a hair expert before proceeding with any treatment for their balding. They will be in a better position to appreciate their circumstances making it possible to come up with a more informed decision on how to treat their alopecia.
Hair transplant surgery is a remedy where an accurate determination of a balding condition is required. This method serves to increase the density of hair in areas that need it the most by using hair follicles in locations that need it less. It essentially repositions these units but it does not generate new ones. The supply is then limited to the donor area of the scalp. This is the region that is not affected by dihydrotestosterone, one the leading causes why hair follicles shrink in cases of androgenic alopecia. It is for this reason that makes this balding condition treatable with hair transplant surgery. Other types cannot provide a donor area with relative certainty. They symptomatically shed hair in random places making them better treated by other types of remedies.
The follicular unit extraction method can be used as an example to illustrate this predicament. It requires hair follicles to be directly extracted from a healthy donor area to be implanted unto a balding recipient location. The repositioned units should be able to provide enough coverage while the existing hairs should retain its visual density. Despite using this treatment, balding conditions that shed hair in clumps would cause a chaotic appearance upon the scalp because it can cause hair to be lost in sporadic locations. The inconsistencies in appearance will be readily apparent no matter how often the new hair follicles are transplanted. Utilising this method on a case of androgenic alopecia can provide adequate treatment because the integrity of the donor area is almost always intact. The main drawback in its application however is when the condition progresses into its latter stages. There might not be enough healthy hair follicles to be able to create a denser look in the recipient areas.
This is where a scalp micropigmentation treatment comes in. On its own, it is highly capable to create an illusion of hair upon a balding scalp. This takes on the appearance of a full head of hair in a “just-shaven” style. The only limitation is that it cannot recreate the same texture of real hair due to the two-dimensional properties of the pigments. Using this along with a follicular unit extraction method however will help merge the strengths of each by cancelling out their weaknesses at the same time.
Density will no longer be an issue because of the effect scalp micropigmentation provides from the bottom. Texture will also be resolved because of the appearance of hair strands on top. Note that those with severe cases of male pattern baldness can make use of this combination provided the hair is shaved very short. Wearing it at an appreciable length is not recommended because it will result in an obvious discrepancy with the pigments below. The patient just needs to be mindful to balance out these two treatments in order to retain the camouflaging effects for their balding condition.