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Despite connotations, male hair loss can begin at any age. Androgenic alopecia – more frequently known as male pattern baldness - usually starts between 20-30 years and is the most common type of hair loss in men. It typically develops into severe baldness by the time you reach 50. According to a survey by the NHS, about 25% of men begin losing their hair before they are 30 years old. HealthExpress offer clinically effective prescription treatment Propecia that is proven to stop further hair loss and can even encourage fresh new growth naturally.

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What is male hair loss?

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.

What causes hair loss?

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:

  • Ageing
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Illness and infectious diseases
  • Nervous disorders

The stages of male pattern baldness

In 1951 Dr James B. Hamilton developed the first classification system which details the different stages of male pattern baldness in men. Hamilton claimed that more than 99% of men could be classified according to his system. The complete process of male pattern baldness can be viewed below


Treatments for male hair loss

There are three types of treatment for male hair loss:

Over the counter

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.

Surgical treatments

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.

Prescription medication

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.

Over the counter treatment VS prescription

Specialists agree that each individual hair loss case is unique and that people react in different ways to certain treatments. Over the counter treatments sometimes use natural ingredients, which may not be tested, and can therefore produce poor results. Prescription medications can be more expensive but are often considered the better option as the ingredients are rigorously tested in clinical studies.

Over-the-counter Prescription
Tend to use natural ingredients Clinically tested ingredients
Poor results and ineffective, unless clinically proven Successful results proven at clinical level
Creams may require multiple daily applications Easy to take oral medication

Can I prevent hair loss through changes to my lifestyle?

Preventing hair loss can be difficult and will mostly depend on your type of hair loss. Male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) is usually caused by hereditary factors and so, is difficult to physically prevent, at least without prescription treatment. The following lifestyle tips may not be guaranteed to prevent hair loss but can improve the quality of your hair follicles and hair itself:

  • Follow a balanced diet - Hair follicles are made up of proteins and because of this, specialists recommend that you fit plenty of protein in to your diet. Beans are a major source of protein, as are fish, soya, dairy, cheese and nuts.
  • Avoid certain shampoos – Some hair care products contain chemicals that can be harmful to your hair. For this reason, it may be best to choose organic shampoos that do not contain any chemicals.
  • Fit calcium in your diet – Calcium has also been hailed as a preventative vitamin for hair loss and has been shown to make your hair stronger, thicker and generally healthier.
Dr Hilary Jones, HealthExpress Medical Advisor

How can prescription hair loss treatment help me?

If hair loss problems are affecting your confidence levels, then you may wish to consider getting help. Studies have suggested that prescription medication, like Propecia, can increase hair count and, therefore, can improve the way someone feels about their hair. If you are suffering from male pattern baldness, the first step will be to find a treatment that suits you. If you're unsure, you should talk with your doctor to properly understand your type of hair loss. If you find it inconvenient to talk with your doctor, you can complete our online consultation, 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.

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