Chances are that eventually your hairline will recede and whether it’s in your 20s or 60s, this is a fact of life. In this case we are not talking about thinning hair on the sides, top or back, but of the slow creep of the receding line. Sometimes it happens across the forehead as a straight line or the more popular widows peak which to many is a sign of maturity. There is the mature hairline which all males will encounter in their lives but is not part of male pattern baldness.
What exactly is a receding hairline?
Sometimes not as visible with certain hair styles, the receding hairline is when hair on the top or side of the head starts to recede in a slow steady pattern. A receding hairline will affect about 50% of men, although as we age, our hair will eventually become thinner. The receding hairline and the mature hairline are two different animals and have different characteristics.
The receding hairline is in some respects, the beginning of the end. Once you start to notice the changes in your hairline, chances are that it will not stop there and will continue. Some of course take longer than others and some seem to stall, but the reality is that unless something is done to remedy the problem, you will eventually lose most of your hair.
The mature hairline on the other hand which occurs in 95% of Caucasian males usually starts around 18 years of age and in general occurs between the late teens and late twenties. This happens when the body changes which affects your more rounded hairline becoming less defined and slightly higher. Many men do not even notice the change as it happens over a period of time and doesn’t involve the type hair loss we see with a receding hairline or male pattern baldness in general.
What can be down to slow, stop and/or regrow the receding process?
The first piece of advice is to start the process as soon as you can. The sooner you address the problem the better chance you have of reversing the process or at least stopping the loss. If you do opt for the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) procedure than it is highly advised that you have this procedure when you are in the prime of your health.
Some men embrace the receding hairline as they feel it makes them look more distinguished and wiser. Although its great to embrace the loss with such verve, eventually it will get ahead of you, and unless you want to lose much of your hair, you would be wise to tackle the issue. Some men will change their hairstyle to accommodate the changing hairline, but again, it will get to a point where the hairline is no longer susceptible to creative hairstyles and liberal uses of hair gel and sprays.
Receding hairlines are a bit more difficult to address with prosthetics than is hair loss which occurs on the crown of the head. Prosthetics have improved immensely from the old toupees or “rugs”, with many celebrities, especially actors, using this method. With changing characters and parts in movies, this is a great way to sport various looks for each movie or show. You would be quite surprised at which actors are using these and how natural it looks. A few on the list include, Jude Law, Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlie Sheen, Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Elton John, Robert Pattinson, Chuck Norris, Brendan Fraser and many others.
Hair loss which occurs at the crown is more easily covered with a prosthetic as its just one area and it’s on a part of your scalp which many people never see directly. Receding hairlines however occur near the front and side of your scalp and require a bit more creativity and even shaving part of your head to accommodate the prosthetic. Its an expensive procedure which the average person could not afford to do on a regular basis.
Drugs which have a history of slowing, stopping and regrowing hair are an option as well. The most well-known and effective are Finasteride and Minoxidil which have been around for decades and have proven effective as well as having a long history of minimal side effects. These drugs are now available over the counter, although you should always consult your primary physician or dermatologist to see if this is the proper course of action. These are powerful drugs and should always be taken with care and proper follow-up as side effects are a factor when taking any new medication.
As close as you can get to a magic pill for hair growth, Minoxidil and Finasteride are not cheap and once you begin and start to see results, you will need to continue the regiment. If you do stop, then all the results which occurred will be lost and your hair will go back to where it was when you began the treatment. There are also those who do start taking the medication who see no results, which usually occur within a year. If this is the case, chances are that no matter how long you take the medication, it will have no effect on your hair.
Is there a permanent solution to a Receding Hairline?
In the case of a receding hairline and all forms of male pattern baldness, the best and most permanent solution is an FUE Hair Transplant. The above-mentioned solutions are in some cases temporary and do not necessarily work, whereas a Hair Transplant when done properly has a good chance of providing excellent results. You need to meet the criteria for a Hair Transplant and need to follow the pre and post-surgery instructions which are vital in a successful outcome.
Most candidates for an FUE Transplant who have a receding hairline, have plenty of donor hair on the other areas of the scalp. Receding hair is usually not associated with thinning hair throughout the scalp and provides a good starting point for a successful transplant. The donor hair is transplanted into the receding area on both sides of the scalp and front if necessary. If you decide to have this procedure when you are younger, there shouldn’t be too much of a balding area.
As you get older the transplanted hair will remain, although the hair line will continue to recede behind the new hair. Because of this, many patients will opt to have another transplant when it becomes noticeable. This takes some years and is not something which needs to be done every 6 months.
Should I forgo a Hair Transplant because its too expansive?
First-off the alternatives to Hair Transplant surgery cost money. Medications must be taken for the rest of your life, and any prosthetic worth its salt will run into the thousands of dollars. Even natural remedies and “magical cures” will cost you, and in many cases will not provide any positive results. Hair Transplants are affordable and in the case of a receding hairline can provide the natural look of a full head of hair.
Those in who live in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the rest of Europe have an excellent alternative to the costly procedures in their home countries. Hungary which is part of the European Union has clinics which offer the latest procedures by highly trained doctors and skilled staff. Without sacrificing quality for price, Hungary is a fraction of the cost and in many cases up to 75% less expensive. All one must do is follow the reviews of current and past patients who have decided on Hungary and see what they have to say.
There are plenty of inexpensive flights to Budapest provided by the many discount carriers in Europe. Along with the free first-class accommodations provided by the clinic, you will be able to afford the cost of this life-changing procedure. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our professional staff. You will be happy you made the first step for a new and full head of hair.