Male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) is the most common form of hair loss in men, affecting 50% of men over the age of 50. For some it is not a problem; for others a big problem, impacting upon self-esteem and confidence. If you are suffering from hair loss then feel free to go through our consultation process, as there are treatments available that might arrest the hair loss from which you are suffering.
We now appreciate that male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) is a genetic condition which results in the loss of hair on the scalp in a typical pattern. This differs from alopecia areata, where hair is lost due to an autoimmune condition. In male pattern baldness, the hairs become finer and hair follicles stop growing due to the impact of the male hormone, testosterone, upon these follicles. Men may notice hair loss in their late teens and may have obvious baldness by the age of 30. Untreated, male pattern hair loss deteriorates with time.
Despite being a common condition, hair loss can seriously affect the confidence, and if this is the case for you then it matters. However, there are treatments available that can help to arrest the hair loss if used at an early enough stage.
The only licensed prescription treatment for hair loss in the UK is Propecia (finasteride). It is a tablet, comes in one strength, and needs to be taken daily. It works by blocking the conversion of the male hormone testosterone into its active form, reducing the impact of testosterone on the hair follicle. It is an effective treatment to prevent loss of hair, although it has limited effects on stimulating hair regrowth.
If you are suffering from hair loss, act now and click to start your no obligation hair loss consultation with one of our doctors.