Summary: When you’re young, your hair seems boundless. It’s like a renewable resource. Cut it off, and it just keeps growing. But as you age, you notice more and more of your hair just lying around. It’s like you’re shedding. Eventually, it becomes all too clear that you’re head is going down the same path as so many heads before it: the path of balding. And while once upon a time, this was a path of no return, new research is shedding light onto why we go bald, how we go bald, and how we can keep from going bald in the future. In the meantime, you might have to do what a Michigan NeoGraft cosmetic surgeon did–and find a different treatment.

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It’s Coming

Balding: it’s coming for all of us. Eventually. Well, it might be. As with many things in your life, it all depends on your genes. Baldness, of course, is the state of losing one’s hair, and it can come in many forms. You can lose your hair at the top of your head, the back of your head, or all over. You may be left with a little hair or no hair. What tends to unify those with baldness is that they’d all rather not inhabit that state. There are few people who want to be bald (and those who do can, of course, employ a bic for best results).

It’s always been assumed that balding is genetic and that it either comes from your mother on your father’s side of the family or the father on your mother’s side or something like that (it’s always been confusing and hard to keep track of). But recently, scientists have discovered, it seems, the actual gene responsible for typical male pattern baldness. According to results published in The FASEB Journal, Angela M. Christiano, Ph. D.—a researcher in dermatology and genetics—and her team discovered a protein responsible for turning the hair creation function of the head “off,” for lack of a better term. The discovery promises that, sometime in the future, hair treatment might be as simple as swallowing a pill that turns this gene back “on.”

Science Fiction and Science Fact

Of course, the future might be kind of a long way off for some people—especially those people who are losing their hair right now. So solutions might need to be more immediate to be of any relief for someone who wants hair right now. Because while toupees may have been in style during the days of William Shatner (I swear… one day, we’ll write a blog about hair loss without referencing William Shatner’s toupee. But today is not that day.), hairpieces don’t really hold up particularly well for men today. That’s not to say advancements haven’t been made, and hairpieces for cancer patients enduring chemotherapy are actually quite good these days.

But wigs aren’t the greatest solution for baldness. Rather, if you’re looking to mitigate standard male-pattern baldness, one of the best solutions in the business is something called NeoGraft Hair Replacement System. NeoGraft is, in a way, an answer to an older and more invasive procedure, in which hair follicles would be surgically transplanted from one area of scalp to another. But this type of transplant often leaves large scars, and while those scars may eventually be covered by growing hair, it’s not an ideal solution. There was also a prolonged recovery time with these traditional procedures.

NeoGraft to the Rescue

NeoGraft puts a modern, noninvasive spin on the traditional follicle transplant. Rather than moving chunks of scalp, NeoGraft just moves the follicles, thanks to dozens of small incisions that are no more than 1mm in length. These small incisions enable the transplant of follicle material, but don’t leave scars and, in general, heal quite quickly. NeoGraft has becoming a hugely popular means of hair replacement. The best part is that patients often resume normal activities shortly after the procedure. Additionally, hair starts to regrow relatively quickly.

At the end of the day, there’s no much to dislike about NeoGraft Hair Replacement systems. Michigan NeoGraft patients have the benefit of a cosmetic surgeon who has himself undergone the procedure, in the form of Dr. Mark Berkowitz. It’s always nice when the surgeon has an appreciation for the what the procedure demands from the patient’s perspective, and in this case, Dr. Berkowitz is among the best experts to provide this procedure.

Pills For the Win… As Long as You Take Them

Of course, there are nonsurgical means of restoring hair growth, including some hormonal treatments. There are also pills—Rogaine comes to mind. However, most of these treatments can have side effects, intended or otherwise. And, of course, when you stop taking the pills, the hair will stop growing. This is one of the primary advantages to the theoretical, probably decades away, treatment the researchers in genetics are offering. By turning the balding gene “on,” you would only need to take the pills once. You wouldn’t need to continuously take the doses.

The Future is Bright, and the Present Can be Too

In the mean time, NeoGraft is an excellent option if you’re looking for something on the more permanent side of things. Otherwise, you’re looking at wigs and pills. Then again, you could always just stay bald.