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How to Prevent Hair Loss (and What to Do if You Can’t)

Published on May 13, 2017 by Jonathan Pontell, MD, FACS

If you feel that a full head of hair plays an important role in helping you appear attractive and youthful, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Thick hair can be a sign of masculinity for many men, and if you feel it’s starting to thin, you probably want to do everything in your power to stop hair loss in its tracks. These 3 tips can help you retain your full head of hair.

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1. Look at Your Health

If your hair has started to thin drastically, out of nowhere, it may be an indicator of a health issue. Hormonal changes caused by thyroid problems or nutritional deficiencies of protein and iron can cause shedding. If a health concern is the cause of your hair loss, discuss the issues with your physician and seek treatment.

2. Switch Your Shampoo

Cheap shampoo can cause your hair to become weak, which leads to breakage. Choose a quality shampoo with ketoconazole: an antifungal used to fight dandruff. Studies have shown this ingredient to help reduce hair shedding.

3. Don’t Avoid Assisting Products

If your hair has started to thin, it can be embarrassing. You may want to use over-the-counter products like Rogaine® or Propecia, which is a prescription medication to restore your appearance. Products like Rogaine® and Propecia are designed to stimulate hair growth and should be used as recommended. Most hair loss solutions don’t work overnight and require frequent use for several months before seeing your desired results.

What if You Can’t Prevent Hair Loss?

While these tips can help you prevent hair loss, sometimes genetics simply aren’t on your side. Some men choose to lean into the process and allow themselves to go bald. However, for a significant number of us, being bald is a less-than-desireable option. If you can’t prevent your hair loss, it may be time to consider hair transplantation.

SmartGraft™ for Hair Restoration

Dr. Pontell uses SmartGraft™ technology in his practice to help men who are losing their hair. With SmartGraft™, Dr. Pontell can transfer hair from the back of the scalp, which is genetically programmed to never fall out to the crown or frontal scalp. The transplanted hair begins to grow in about three months. The results are permanent, and treatments are almost painless.

To see if you are a good candidate for SmartGraft™ treatments, schedule a consultation with Dr. Pontell today. You can call our office at 610-688-7100, or you can contact us online.

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