Male hair loss, commonly known as androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness, can start at any age. It usually starts in men aged between 20 and 30 years and often results in severe baldness by the time you reach 50. Male hair loss is generally caused by an increased sensitivity to male sex hormones (androgens) in specific areas of the scalp. According to a survey by the NHS, about 25% of men begin losing their hair before they are even 30 years old.
Many men feel sensitive about their hair loss and it can affect their confidence and self esteem. However, there are a number of effective ways to treat male hair loss, and with treatments such as Propecia, you can stop your hair loss and encourage fresh new growth naturally.
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The most common type of hair loss is male pattern baldness. As the name suggests, this form of hair loss follows a typical pattern, which can often result in permanent loss of hair. First, a receding hairline will develop, and then, the hair on top will begin to thin. Eventually, the areas of baldness will join to create a horse shoe shape. In most cases, the remaining hair will be thin and will not grow back as quickly as it used to.
Whilst specialists find it difficult to pinpoint the actual cause of male pattern baldness, some medical professionals attribute it to hereditary genetics. Your hair follicles can be genetically more sensitive to DHT (dihydrotestosterone). DHT can shrink hair follicles, eventually causing them to become so small that they cannot replace lost hairs. The follicles are still alive, but are no longer able to perform their task.
Hair loss can also be caused by other factors including:
There are three types of treatment for male hair loss:
There are many natural supplements and creams available to buy over-the-counter that claim to help restore your hair. The problem is that many of them have little clinical data to back up their claims.
Minoxidil lotion (sold as Regaine) is one exception. This is a topical lotion which, if applied directly to the scalp twice daily, helps you to combat male pattern hair loss. Regaine is effective for both slowing hair loss and regrowing hair, but needs to be applied straight to the scalp, which can often be inconvenient. Regrowth will normally take a few months and the results are usually noticed around the crown of the scalp. Regaine is for genetic hair loss only; it is not effective for hair loss due to other causes.
There are three main surgical treatments, which can be used to treat hair loss. A transplant involves taking hair from the back of your head, and moving it to the front of the scalp. Another treatment is scalp reduction, which can reduce a mild bald patch by removing a piece of your scalp and stretching the area where hair is thicker over it. Flap surgery involves stretching healthy scalp over a small area of hair loss. Besides being expensive and invasive, each of these treatments may need to be repeated at a later date.
Propecia is the first and only medication proven to treat male pattern hair loss on the vertex (top of head) and anterior mid-scalp area (middle front of the head). Propecia uses the active ingredient finasteride to inhibit the activity of DHT, the primary cause of male pattern hair loss.
In tests, 99% of men who took Propecia experienced no further hair loss, and over two-thirds of them experienced significant hair regrowth. Propecia is an easy once a day medication, which causes very few side effects.
"Male pattern hair loss is one of the most common types of hair loss and can even start affecting men in their 20s, but luckily help is available."Dr Hilary Jones
HealthExpress Medical Advisor
The treatment for male pattern baldness is determined by the exact type of hair loss you are experiencing. This is classified by using the baldness classification chart developed by Dr James B. Hamilton in 1951. The baldness classification chart involves eight separate groups indicating the various stages of hair loss. Click here to find out your baldness classification.
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If you are suffering from male-pattern baldness, the first step will be to find a treatment that suits you. You can do this by completing an online consultation with us, which will be reviewed by one of our registered doctors. They can then prescribe a suitable treatment, like Propecia, if it is safe and beneficial for you to take it. This process is entirely free, without obligation and is completely confidential.