Hair Loss in Men
More common in men than women, hair loss can occur in people of all ages and usually has a direct impact on confidence and being comfortable with your own appearance. 50% of men experience some amount of hair loss by the age of 50, but with the right hair loss treatment, they can slow the loss of hair and even re-grow bald or thinning spots.
- What Is Alopecia Baldness?
- Treatment Options for Baldness and Hair Loss
- How Common Is Male Pattern Baldness?
- What Causes Baldness?
What Is Alopecia Baldness?
Male Pattern hair loss, or androgenic alopecia, is the most common form of hair loss and, despite the name, can occur in women. In cases of male pattern hair loss, hair starts to fall out or thin around the temples, also known as a receding hairline. The hair loss is then progressive, occurring at the vertex on the top of the head. In some cases, this hair loss results in complete baldness, but typically men retain a fringe of hair around the lower part of the head.
Whilst there is no medical reason that the loss or thinning of hair needs to be treated, many sufferers will find the gradual change in their appearance a great source of anxiety and nervousness.
Treatment Options for Baldness and Hair Loss
There is a range of treatments available for hair loss, although they are specifically designed for male pattern hair loss or female pattern hair loss only.The range of treatments encompasses oral tablets, creams, natural remedies, and even hair transplants.
When considering hair loss treatments, it is very important to realise that there are many options claiming to be effective. The reality is that the vast majority of treatments are not as effective as claimed. Treatments that have been clinically proven to have positive effects on hair loss and regrowth are Propecia and Minoxidil.
Propecia is a popular choice for stopping hair loss and creating new growth of healthy hair, as it is the only treatment licensed by the MHRA in the UK, and approved by the FDA in the US.
How Common Is Male Pattern Baldness?
Male pattern hair loss is remarkably common, occurring to some degree in approximately half of men by the age of 50. Usually, the hair loss will first occur when a man is in his late twenties of early thirties, but it is not unheard of that hair loss can start immediately after puberty has finished.
What Causes Baldness?
Hair loss is caused by hypersensitive hair follicles, where too much of the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is produced. This results in the blockage of the follicles, restricting the growth of new hair and causing existing hair to fall out. Since different follicles will become affected over time, hair loss is gradual and often patchy.
There is some indication that the overproduction of DHT is a hereditary condition. This means that, despite a healthy existence and a good hair care regime, many men are forced to watch their natural ability to grow and keep hair disappear.