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How to Stop Your Receding Hairline

Your hairline is receding. What now? What are your options for dealing with it?
There is no shortage of hairstyles you can try to cover up your hair loss, but most people soon realize that their hair doesn’t feel or react like it used to. Most want their hairlines back rather than continue trying to cover up their situation.

RECEDING HAIRLINE OPTIONS

To choose the best hairline treatment option for yourself, start by assessing your own hair loss goals. If you’re content to simply slow or stop the existing hair loss on your receding hairline, then a prescription medication might be your answer.
If you want a permanent solution that restores your former hairline, you should consider a hair transplant procedure from one of our experienced hair transplant physicians. The results are natural looking, and the procedure is virtually undetectable because we graft and transplant your own healthy hair.

CAUSES OF A RECEDING HAIRLINE

Most hairline recession can be traced to a hormone known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This derivative of testosterone is hereditary, meaning it’s part of your genetic makeup.

Men with DHT-sensitive hair follicles (usually found along the hairline at the top and front of the scalp) find that their hair slowly thins over time to the point of falling out. This very common hair loss pattern is progressive and is known as androgenetic alopecia, or male-pattern baldness.

Less commonly, hair loss can be the result of stress, tight hairstyles or certain medical conditions. Read more about hair loss causes for men or hair loss causes for women.

HAIR LOSS SOLUTIONS

The effects of the DHT hormone can be slowed or stopped with Propecia® (finasteride), a prescription drug for men. If used consistently, Propecia can help you keep the hair you still have around your hairline, but it won’t bring back hair you’ve already lost.

Rogaine® is another well-known hair loss product. It can be effective for thinning hair on the top-back part of the scalp (known as the vertex), but it isn’t effective for receding hairlines including the area around your temples.

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) products have also demonstrated success in promoting hair growth and can help stop hair loss. Laser energy stimulates the scalp at the follicle, which can increase blood flow and circulation. This process revitalizes the follicle and strengthens hair.

Bosley has developed its own line of laser therapy caps called Bosley Revitalizer. Bosley offers two laser therapy models to fit the progression of your hair loss and the amount of coverage you need. Bosley Revitalizer 164 delivers 164 laser diodes that cover the crown to the hairline. Bosley Revitalizer 272 offers the maximum number of laser diodes for the most density and coverage. Both models operate at the same effective wavelength. The Bosley Revitalizer laser therapy caps are available for purchase on Bosley’s website and at Bosley locations nationwide. To determine whether low-level laser therapy is right for you, schedule a complimentary, private consultation with a Bosley specialist.

Scalp micropigmentation (also known as SMP) is a nonsurgical treatment that’s suitable for all types of hair loss. By applying a proprietary pigment (ink) to the scalp with a special microfine needle, technicians are able to create thousands of tiny impressions that give the appearance of fuller hair — all without the need for surgery.

The only permanent hair restoration solution is hair transplantation. This simple outpatient procedure takes hair follicles from healthy parts of your scalp and moves them to your balding or thinning areas. Our physicians perform either a follicular unit extraction (FUE) or a follicular unit transplantation (FUT) procedure, based on your existing hair loss and your desired results.


Fortunately, the hair transplantation technology available today in the hands of an experienced Bosley physician provides a completely natural look, with surgical marks virtually undetectable after a few months. The procedure itself takes about a day to complete.

YOUR TREATMENT PLAN

All our patients are carefully examined before receiving a complete hair loss treatment plan. We develop your plan by considering the following factors:

  • Age
  • Facial structure
  • Existing hairline
  • Quality of hair
  • Long-term goals

Created by a Bosley physician, this plan may include more than one hair loss treatment, such as transplantation complemented with medication. Treatment plans are developed based on your personal hair restoration goals.

To learn more about your hair restoration options, download Bosley’s FREE guidebook, The Complete Book on Hair Restoration, to see how great your hair can look. Or schedule a free consultation with a Bosley specialist today.