How to prevent hair fall after 40

Over time, hair ages, and follicles become more fragile and sensitive.

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In addition to external aggressions, hormone levels and medications have a strong influence on the health of men’s hair after the age of 40, so it is necessary to take extra care to keep the follicles healthy.

These 7 tips can help you reduce hair loss:

  • Nourish your follicles
    A proper nutritional diet and a well-functioning endocrine system are vital for proper follicle development. One example is eggs, they are a great source of clean protein and essential B vitamins. Also iron and zinc are important for a healthy scalp, so consider taking these supplements.
  • Take care of your scalp
    Frequent shampooing can damage the follicles, weakening and breaking the hair. Wet hair should never be brushed or tugged. It is also recommended not to overexpose the scalp to sunlight as this will dry it out even more.
  • Get more sleep
    Lack of sleep can trigger or accelerate hair loss. Sleep repairs the entire body and is essential for regenerating the immune system, restoring hormonal balance, stimulating histamine, and controlling stress.
  • Reduce stress
    The more stress you suffer, the weaker your health will be, including the health of your scalp.
  • Consult a doctor
    Ask your doctor if the medications or supplements you are taking could cause hair loss.
  • Heat protection
    Protect your hair from sunlight and other sources of ultraviolet light.
  • Quit smoking
    Smoking is bad for your hair, there is a proven link between smoking and baldness among men.

Alopecia on males after 40

Hair loss not only does not stop, but it also accelerates. The peak age for hair loss is usually between the ages of 40 and 60. This is because the body creates more enzymes that convert testosterone into dihydrotestosterone. Causing the prostate to grow and the hair on the scalp to become less dense. Therefore, those who had already thinned a little become bald altogether. Even those with enviable hair into adulthood will also lose that precious bush with age, but this will not be as severe or significant as those who have already lost hair in earlier years.

From the age of 60 onwards, there is that final blow that comes from hormones. Besides, sun damage to the scalp also plays a major role. The scalp becomes susceptible to radiation and UV mutations, which further destroy the important surface stem cells of the follicles.

Medical treatments and hair transplants

  • Finasteride medication: This is a steroid derivative and is a competitive inhibitor of the enzyme 5 alpha-reductase type II, which is the one that transforms testosterone into dihydrotestosterone. Therefore, it significantly reduces DHT levels in the blood, protecting the life of the follicles.
  • Minoxidil medication: It is used as an oily mixture massaged on the scalp and is successful in slowing hair loss because it prevents the entry of calcium into the follicle since calcification of the follicle leads to its death.
  • Hair transplant: It is a surgical solution where live and healthy follicles are extracted from the head and transplanted into the scalp one by one.

*Only a hair loss specialist can determine the right treatment*

What does not work?

  • Taking biotin supplements: Biotin supplements are proven to be ineffective, although they do make the hair thicker and promote the follicles to make more strands, they do not save the follicles that are going to die.
  • Hair shaving: It will make the hair thicker at first, but it will not save the follicle.
  • Washing hair less frequently: Surely you will stop suffering from allergies and dandruff due to the excessive dermal dryness caused by shampoos, but the sebum in the scalp does not help the follicle at all.

When should you see a doctor?

It is necessary to go to the doctor when excessive hair loss is noticed, in this way a pertinent diagnosis will be provided with an effective treatment. If you want to put an end to your baldness problem, we can help you, Dr. Cortez offers free online evaluations.

Don’t wait any longer, contact us and get a free online evaluation!

We are a hair restoration clinic in Mexico committed to offering permanent hair loss solutions to our patients. Contact us at patientcare@haircentermexico.com

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