Of the roughly 40 million men in America who struggle with the psychological effects of hair loss, none of them should have to deal with it. Thanks to advancements in hair transplant, mini and micro-grafting technology, along with the improvements in expertise and artistic ability, men suffering from hair loss can achieve incredible results. Located in Carmel and Greenwood, Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Mark M. Hamilton, MD, FACS, treats male pattern baldness for men who live in and around Indianapolis, IN.
What Is Male Pattern Baldness?
Male pattern baldness is the most prevalent form of male hair loss that doesn’t result in scarring. It typically affects the top of the head and is caused by a genetic predisposition to androgen (male hormones) sensitivity on the scalp.
Are There Other Types of Baldness?
Often referred to simply as balding, male androgenic alopecia and hereditary alopecia are both terms used to describe male pattern baldness. In addition, other kinds of hair loss can be caused by an untreated health problem or it can be caused by medication or other issues. In most cases, hair loss from these issues is temporary and reversible once the underlying problem has been addressed.
What Is the Best Solution for Male Pattern Baldness?
A hair transplant offers men a lasting solution to hair loss with little or no risk. Other kinds of hair restoration surgeries, such as scalp reductions or flaps, come with more risks, may necessitate general anesthesia, are only used in certain cases and can be more expensive.
Are There Other Solutions for Male Pattern Baldness?
Other kinds of medical treatments exist but are temporary, the results are generally not acceptable and they’re isolated to certain parts of the head. These include Propecia (finasteride), an FDA approved pill, and Rogaine® (Minoxidil), a topical medication that must be applied to your scalp for the rest of your life. These products come with many side effects and limited results. Both medications usually give patients greater success early into hair loss, but they have to keep using them to maintain those results.
How Is Male Pattern Baldness Classified?
Most doctors use the Norwood Male Pattern Baldness Classification System to determine male pattern baldness. It includes seven categories of baldness, including numerous sub-categories that doctors use to determine androgenic alopecia. Here are the general rules along with illustrations:
Type I: Hairline recession is minimal.
Type II: There are noticeable recessions of the hairline on both sides of the temples. These are typically symmetrical.
Type III: This illustrates hair loss that can be accurately defined as baldness and includes a deeply receding hairline near the temples.
Type III Vertex: Aside from a receding hairline at the temples, there may also be a bald spot at the top of the patient’s head.
Type IV: The hairline recession near the temples is far more pronounced than with Type III and the thinning or bald spot at the top of the head is more apparent. Both areas are separated by a tract of normal-density hair that runs across the head and along either side of the scalp. Type IV includes greater hair loss at the top of the head than the Type III Vertex.
Type V: The hair on the front of the head is receding and there is a less apparent distinction between the temples. The balding area on the top of the head is still separated with a strip of hair that runs from the front to the temples, but it’s not as distinct. When seen from above, Types IV, V and VII all include hair on the back of the head that creates a horseshoe shape.
Type VI: The band of hair across the top front of the head is gone aside from some thin growth. The hair at the front temple region and the top of the head are connected by a greater amount of hair loss.
Type VII: This is the most severe degree of hair loss and it features only a thin strip of hair on the sides and back of the head that is very sparse. The nape of the neck features sparse hair that forms a half-circle around the ears.
What Should I Do Next?
Schedule your consultation appointment. This only takes between 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the number of questions you have.
During this appointment, you’ll get to meet privately with Dr. Hamilton. He will go over your medical history to rule out any underlying health problems that may be causing you to lose hair. He will also perform an examination of your scalp to decide if a hair transplant would be right for you.
After deciding that you are a good candidate, Dr. Hamilton will tell you how many grafts and procedures will be needed to help you achieve the level and density of hair coverage you want in the desired locations.
Every stage of the procedure will be fully explained to you and you’ll also be notified of alternative treatments and what kinds of minor risks can come with the procedure.
During your consultation, Dr. Hamilton will discuss the fees with you. These vary for every patient because no two cases are exactly alike. It depends on the number of treatments, type of procedure and how many grafts you require.
What Is the Cost of Hair Restoration for Male Pattern Baldness in Indianapolis?
The price of hair restoration varies for each man. The cost depends on the extent of restoration necessary to achieve your individual appearance goal. Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery seeks to make hair restoration procedures available and affordable. To accomplish this, we offer financing options and accept cash, major credit cards, and personal checks to treat male pattern baldness.
Located in Carmel and Greenwood, Dr. Hamilton specializes in hair loss solutions for men in Indianapolis by performing hair transplantation for male pattern baldness. If you are looking for self-improvement in the form of hair restoration, Dr. Hamilton will accommodate your needs. Please contact us today!