As with the case of many men, hair is a source of pride – whether you wear it long, in a trendy bespoke haircut, or even in a stylish buzz cut. The ability to have a great head of hair can make or, in extreme cases, break the confidence and self-esteem of many men. With that in mind, factors such as a receding hairline can undoubtedly affect the best of us in terms of our confidence and self-esteem.
A high hairline is often linked with wisdom, and it may give certain men a mature look. On the other hand, an overly receding hairline tends to make males appear older than they are since facial proportions are disturbed. While it may sound frightening, the mere truth is that receding hairline is a nearly ubiquitous condition among males, affecting around half of all men over the age of 50 and 70% of all men at a certain time in their lives.
Before exploring the treatments and solutions for receding hairlines, let us first investigate what entails them, along with their causes.
What is a receding hairline?
A receding hairline occurs when one’s hairline gradually moves further up the head due to hair loss. It is one of the most common signs of spotting male pattern baldness.
Typically, the process begins above the temples. A ring of hair often forms around the top of a bald scalp as a result of the hairline moving back across the top of the head. A receding hairline can also start above the temples; however, hair in the center of the head may stay closer to the forehead. The V-shaped hair growth that then develops is often known as a ‘widow’s peak’.
What are the causes of a receding hairline?
There are many causes of a receding hairline, some of them being:
- Alopecia areata
This occurs when the body’s immune system attacks healthy hair follicles by mistake, leading to the loss and thinning of hair. Unknowingly, the hair will begin to fall out in patches on your head as well as other body parts.
- Telogen effluvium
Disproportionate hair loss can occur about 2 to 3 months after a stressful or shocking event. This form of hair loss can also be sparked by accident, significant weight loss, or psychological stress. In both cases, however, the hair usually grows back within 6 months.
- Nutritional deficiency
Nutrition plays a vital role in our general wellness. Iron, as well as other nutrients, are essential for optimal health. Sufficient amounts of vitamin D protein and other vitamins from your diet are imperative to retain healthy hair. Nutritionally deficient diets have been proven to exacerbate hair loss.
What we can do for you at The Clifford Clinic
Fortunately, The Clifford Clinic has got you covered with various treatments to overcome a receding hairline. Be it oral and topical medication or a hair transplant, here are the treatments that you may undertake with us:
- Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplant
FUE hair transplant is the most direct and possibly most effective therapy for a receding hairline. Healthy hair is immediately transplanted into balding regions and moves the hairline forward, as the term implies.
The process occurs when follicular hair units, also known as grafts, are removed from the areas of the head that are less susceptible to hair loss. Generally, it is either the side or back. Then, the grafts are examined and sorted according to the number of follicles in each graft. Lastly, they will be implanted carefully into the balding areas to restore the hairline. The finest results usually appear after a year and could potentially last a lifetime if the transplanted hair is properly cared for.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the FUE transplant has a 75 percent efficacy rate and has proved to have more substantial hair density gains. Additionally, they are especially popular since they leave minimal scarring and require little downtime, typically 3 to 5 days. So, if you are considering a hair transplant in Singapore, look no further than at The Clifford Clinic!
- Regenera Activa
Regenera Activa promotes active hair growth. Effective in the early stages of receding hairlines, it works by triggering the active growth phase of dormant hair follicles. Our doctors advise repeating the treatment every 6 months for the best results.
A receding hairline can be treated with a variety of medications. Oral or topical minoxidil is the most frequent treatment for hair loss. It promotes new hair growth and restores hair to balding areas by increasing blood flow to the scalp.
Another hair loss treatment option for men is finasteride (Propecia). It acts by preventing testosterone from being converted to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a molecule that can damage hair follicles and cause pattern hair loss in men. Finasteride significantly lowers hormone-induced hair loss in males by inhibiting this conversion.
- Fraxel Laser for hair restoration
Lasers are often used in acne treatments in Singapore, but did you know that they can also aid in hair growth? The 1927nm Thulium Fraxel Laser is a specialized laser that rejuvenates the skin and promotes hair regrowth. The laser works in 2 ways: it removes old and dead cells as well as stimulates new cell development in the hair follicles and scalp.
Imported from South Korea, this advanced technological device works by releasing a high-frequency ultrasound between 1 to 10MHz into the scalp to help facilitate the growth process. It increases blood circulation to the hair follicles and activates molecules that promote cell restoration. When these factors intertwine, they will aid the growth of the hairline. A gentle form of treatment, the Bellasonic treatment is a painless procedure with little to no downtime – ideal for all skin types.
Grow your hair and confidence @ The Clifford Clinic
Hair loss treatments perform best in the early phases of hair loss; therefore, it would be best to seek treatment and treat a receding hairline as early as possible. In the later stages, you might find that the treatments are relatively ineffective.
While The Clifford Clinic is acclaimed for our acne scar treatment in Singapore, we can also assist you with your hair transplant concerns. With more than 10 years of experience treating patients with hair loss, our highly trained doctors at The Clifford Clinic are more than ready to offer the expert assistance you need to address your receding hairline and grow your confidence. Book an appointment with us today to get started on your hair growth journey!