Hair Loss

Hair Loss

Male pattern baldness is a hereditary condition. It occurs when the genes and hormones within a male’s body begin to shrink their own hair follicles making them completely impotent. It is a very common condition and starts affecting most men by the age of 30.


  • Affects 6.5 million men in the UK
  • Modern treatments are very effective


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Propecia
£49.99

  • Treats male hair loss
  • Aid retention of hair on the scalp
  • Can slow down receding hair line


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  • Treats male hair loss
  • It takes 4 months to notice any effects
  • No side effects
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Description

Hair loss in men is an extremely common condition and can affect the pride and overall confidence of a man. There are two main types of hair loss conditions which affect men at a significant rate: male pattern baldness and alopecia areata. The first is determined by an imbalance of hormones and inflammation and the second is regarded as an autoimmune disorder.


Androgenetic alopecia is also known as male pattern baldness. It is the most common form of hair loss in males within the UK. Certain men can begin to experience symptoms as early as in their 20s. Statistics show that 30% of men are affected by the age of 30, and this increases to 50% by the age of 50. Male pattern baldness begins with the decline in the hairline. It will start to look like an “M”.


Alopecia areata means a loss of hair which usually appears in the form of patches of baldness. A male can suffer total baldness as a result of this condition. In a lot of cases, the hair will typically re-grow after several months but for some, the changes can be permanent. This condition can initially occur at any age but the majority of cases first develop in children or teenagers. At least 50% of those who have been diagnosed with alopecia areata experienced their first patch of hair loss before the age of 21. In this condition, the immune system wrongly attacks the hair follicle. This follicle stops growing hair. Gradually patches with no hair are seen on the scalp.


To learn more about hair loss, see the comprehensive patient information leaflet

Causes

Male pattern baldness is a hereditary condition which occurs when the genes and hormones within a male’s body begin to shrink their own hair follicles making them completely impotent. There will be a gradual difference in the condition of the hair follicles in the affected area; they will become lighter in colour, thinned out, and eventually will stop producing new hair altogether. If you do not seek medical help, this condition will typically become worse with time.


Alopecia areata has different causes than male pattern baldness as it is thought to be an autoimmune disease. This is where the body’s immune system begins to damage the healthy cells in your body. This starts when the immune system misunderstands the healthy white blood cells as foreign objects such as bacteria, viruses, germs, etc. When these blood cells gather around the affected hair follicles they make appear as foreign objects. This leads to weaker hair resulting in bald patches. It is unknown as to why autoimmune diseases develop. Possible triggers for it include infection, medicines, and viruses.


There are several factors which can be linked to hair loss, some of these include:


  • Emotional or physical stress
  • A bad infection/illness
  • An unhealthy diet (an iron deficiency in your diet can be directly linked to hair loss).
  • Certain medication you take
  • Chemotherapy and radiotherapy

Types Of Treatment

Gradual baldness is a normal part of aging in men. No treatment is required unless you want one. Hair loss can be treated with some medications.


The most common medicines are Propecia (finasteride) and Regaine (minoxidil).


Propecia

Propecia contains the ingredient finasteride (a 5 alpha-reductase inhibitor). This stops the change of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone. Now, the hair follicles are not affected by the hormone can grow normally. It takes about 4 months to notice any effect of this medicine. A complete growth might take up to 1-2 years. If the treatment is stopped in between, the baldness returns. There are no side effects noted while using this medicine. However, a rare symptom stating the loss of interest in sex can be mentioned. This medicine requires a prescription.


Regaine

A regaine lotion is available in the pharmacy without any prescription. The higher the strength, the better the results. It is noted that this medicine probably works at an early stage when less hair fall is observed. This can be considered best to prevent further hair loss. Regaine should be used daily. It takes about 4 months to notice any effect of this medicine. Regaine is an expensive lotion. Some uncommon side effects noted are skin irritation or rashes.


Surgery

Surgeries such as hair transplants, scalp flaps, and many other methods have been very common and effective for hair loss conditions.



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Questions & Answers

Can hair loss be at all prevented?

NO. There may be ways of slowing down the process or ways to effectively disguise the issue but there is no way you can prevent male pattern baldness or any type of hair loss condition.


Is baldness hereditary?

YES. Both male pattern baldness and alopecia areata are hereditary. They are caused by your inherited genes. The genes can come from one parent or both. If they happen to be passed down from either side the male will have a significantly increased chance of experiencing balding in later life. Other causes of hair loss such as due to stress are unrelated and not hereditary.


Is it uncommon to start losing hair as early as our 30s?

YES. Hair loss can begin at any age; approximately 30% of all males in their 30s in the UK are bald. In the most extreme cases, males can start to lose their hair from the age of around 16 and could end up almost completely bald by their 20s. However, male pattern baldness typically develops very slow, even if you began facing symptoms in your 30s it may take a further 20-30 years to lose your hair completely.


Can wearing a hat cause hair loss?

NO. The belief that constantly wearing a hat will lead to strained hair follicles and eventually hair loss is one of the oldest myths surrounding hair loss. Any type of clean head gear will not cause harm in any way. Unclean or dirty head gear could potentially lead to scalp infection, which would accelerate hair loss, so simply make sure whatever you are wearing is clean.



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