Using Scalp Micropigmentation to Treat Male Pattern Baldness
Male pattern baldness is extremely common, accounting for as much as 95% of all male hair loss and affecting as much as 50% of men over the age of 50 in the United States alone. The terminology “male pattern baldness”, also referred to as androgenetic alopecia, is used to describe natural hair loss in men that cannot be explained by another medical condition or outside contributing factor. While there are other sources of hair loss in men, including hair loss caused by other forms of alopecia, telogen effluvium disorders, medical treatments, or as a result of some kind of trauma, male pattern baldness is by far the most common cause of hair loss and thinning in men.
At Hairline Ink, our world-class artists and industry-leading experts have dedicated their lives to helping men who experience male pattern baldness to regain their confidence and renew their self-esteem with our advanced treatment, scalp micropigmentation. This affordable, guaranteed, and safe treatment option is a life-long solution to the problems posed by male pattern baldness, and our team at Hairline Ink is here to help you better understand how this incredible procedure could change your life.
Causes and Effects of Male Pattern Baldness
Male pattern baldness is a genetic condition and is the result of changes that take place with male hormones as men age. As a normal part of the aging process, men’s bodies begin to convert the hormone testosterone into the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Unfortunately, it is believed that dihydrotestosterone has adverse effects on hair follicles in men who are genetically predisposed to male pattern baldness.
In men with male pattern baldness, the presence of dihydrotestosterone eventually causes their hair follicles to shrink in size, which results in the production of thinner, shorter hair strands. As follicles continue to shrink, the hair in affected areas will continue to become thinner and shorter until eventually, the follicle will cease to produce new strands of hair.
Everyone will experience male pattern baldness to differing degrees. Some men will experience a minor, gradual recession of their natural hairline, and nothing more. Many men will develop the signature “M” pattern as their hairline recedes on both sides of their head, above the temples, while others will experience near to total hair loss on the tops of their heads.
Hair loss caused by male pattern baldness is not, in and of itself, indicative of any other medical conditions, and does not pose any health risks to men. Unfortunately, its effects are almost always permanent, and many men suffering from male pattern baldness experience anxiety, self-consciousness, and a loss of self esteem.
Scalp Micropigmentation for Male Pattern Baldness
There are a number of options available to men who are looking to minimize or mask the effects of male pattern baldness, but many of them come with significant drawbacks.
- Hair Transplants: Hair transplants involve transplanting a section of the scalp that still has hair growth onto a section of the scalp that is experiencing thinning or complete hair loss. Unfortunately, these procedures can be extremely painful, expensive, can produce significant scarring, and, in many cases, do not result in the successful regrowth of hair.
- Hair Pieces: Wigs and hair pieces are another option available to men experiencing hair loss from male pattern baldness. Unfortunately, many men experience uncertainty at the non-permanent nature of this treatment option and the fear that accompanies the possibility of the hair piece suddenly and unexpectedly being displaced.
- Hair Clubs: While some have experienced success at joining hair clubs, the reality is that this option is incredibly expensive and, as a non-permanent solution, they can keep their members on the hook for expensive treatment for years, if not a lifetime!
- Prescription Medication: There are a number of prescription medications that are marketed to men who experience male pattern baldness. These drugs claim to be able to stop the advance of hair thinning that results from male pattern baldness. Unfortunately, for many men, by the time they begin using these drugs, their hair loss has already progressed to a point where these medications are no longer effective. Additionally, some of these medications come with very serious side effects that can cause users to suffer lasting harm.
Unlike these other treatment options, Scalp micropigmentation offers an effective, guaranteed, and cost-effective treatment option for male pattern baldness. Scalp micropigmentation is an advanced cosmetic procedure in which dots of pigment are added to your scalp, much like getting a tattoo. These dots are carefully matched to your skin tone and natural hair color, and are carefully placed across your head using a precise computer controlled system, resulting in the appearance of a full head of hair that has been cut or shaved close to the scalp.