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Information, support and treatment for male pattern hair loss

Male pattern baldness, commonly referred to as hair loss, is an extremely common occurrence among men as they get older. In fact, 50% of men will have begun to lose their hair by the time they reach the age of 50. However, this doesn't mean that hair loss is inevitable. It is possible to control the amount and rate of hair loss by choosing the right treatment. A hormone called dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, which is a bi-product of testosterone, is the main cause of male pattern baldness, the most common variety of hair loss. The hair follicles of men who possess a genetic sensitivity to DHT will shrink to the extent that they are unable to grow hair again.

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What is male pattern baldness?

Male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) is a very common form of hair loss that can affect men. This condition causes an 'M' or 'U' shaped configuration on the top of the head of thinning hair. Women can also experience a thinning of hair on the top of the head, usually occurring after menopause. The cause of male hair loss is primarily linked to genetics, rather than lifestyle factors or hair care products. Any hair remaining around the balding spots tend to be thin and grow at a slow rate. Whilst a complete cure isn't available for this condition, the process of male pattern baldness can be slowed down and even reversed through the use of effective treatments and remedies.

Symptoms of male pattern baldness

The typical pattern starts at the hairline; it gradually recedes to form an "M" shape and the remaining hair may become finer and shorter. The hair at the crown also begins to thin, and then eventually the top of the hairline meets the thinned crown, leaving a horseshoe pattern of hair around the sides of the head.

Hair loss diagnosis

There are many different types of baldness. For some it can be quite sudden; you could notice a lot of hair falling out when you bath or shower, excessive hair left on your hair brush, or falling out on your clothes, or the appearance of bald patches. Diagnosing hair loss is usually determined by looking at the pattern of hair on the head. Some forms of hair loss could be symptomatic of a more serious disorder, which is why it is advisable to speak to a medical professional and get a full hair loss diagnosis, either in person or by contacting our doctor online.

Types of Alopecia

Alopecia is the medical name given to hair loss from any part of the body. It does not refer to one kind of hair loss, but rather several different types, caused by different factors. Anybody can suffer from alopecia, at any age, regardless of gender.

Diffuse Alopecia

This kind of hair loss involves the thinning of scalp hair and is more common in older people, particularly women. It can be caused by a number of factors, ranging from poor diet and nutrition to hormonal effects, medications and psychological issues.

Diffuse Alopecia

Alopecia Areata

This form of hair loss is also often genetic and more common in children or people with immune system problems. It results in temporary bald patches and occurs when people fall ill with autoimmune diseases that cause the body's immune system to attacks its own tissues.

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia Totalis

As the name suggests, alopecia totalis is the name given to someone who experiences a complete loss of hair. This form of baldness only occurs on the head. The cause is unclear, but it is believed that either stress or some form of autoimmune disorder could be the reason for this complete hair loss.

Alopecia Totalis

Alopecia Mucinosa

Not too much is known about this particular type of hair loss, but it occurs either on the scalp or face, and appears to leave small flat patches without hair. These patches are often covered in scaly patchy skin. The cause is unknown, but a systemic disease may accompany it. You should seek a formal hair loss diagnosis from a doctor if you experience this.

Alopecia Mucinosa

Alopecia Effluvium

This is only a temporary form of hair loss, and is actually caused by stress or psychological factors. It either involves the hair falling out, or the hair thinning. Stress factors cause the hair follicles to go into a resting phase, so they do not grow new hair.

Alopecia Effluviem

Traction Alopecia

This is a fairly common form of hair loss, mainly because of the causes: pulling, styling or too much heat (hair drying/flat ironing). The pulling and strain causes the hair follicles to stop developing new hair cells. You should change your styling habits and use good treatment products to stop this kind of hair loss.

Traction Alopecia

Alopecia Barbae

Found in men only, alopecia barbae is a branch of alopecia areata and is a temporary but sudden loss of hair in a particular area. In this case, the hair loss occurs on the beard area of a man's face. The causes are unknown, but it is thought that stress and potentially immune deficiency disorders can play a part in causing it. A formal hair loss diagnosis would be recommended if you experience this.

Alopecia Barbae

Androgenic Alopecia (Male Pattern Baldness)

If you are between the ages of 25 and 45 and experiencing hair loss on your head, it is likely that you are suffering from androgenic alopecia - also known as male pattern baldness. Women can also suffer from this type of baldness, but it is much more common in men. If it does occur in women, it is usually following the menopause.

Male pattern baldness

Androgenic alopecia, or male pattern baldness, occurs through a hormonal process and, in the majority of cases; genetics plays a role in causing the condition. Both men and women have a certain amount of the hormone testosterone in their bodies. For those with male pattern baldness, the amount of testosterone being converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), by an enzyme 5-alpha reductase, is too high. DHT miniaturises the hair follicles and inhibits hair production. If hair does manage to grow, it is weak and thin.

This genetic condition is generally passed down from the parent and is usually first noticeable by the mid-twenties, but sometimes men can be affected in their teenage years. There are treatments available that can help promote hair growth, as well as prevent it from getting any worse.

Hair Loss Prevention

Most forms of alopecia are genetically induced and as such not always preventable. However, there are measures you can take to slow down the progress of hair loss dramatically. This mainly involves taking care of yourself as well as your hair. These are some steps to consider for healthy hair growth:

  • Avoid harsh styling products and excessive heat.
  • Avoid stress.
  • Follow a healthy diet (with a high protein and calcium intake).

If you experience early onset male hair loss, severe alopecia runs in your close family or hair loss is affecting your mental health and confidence, you may consider prescription treatment to stop hair loss progression. Speak to your doctor about your options of treatment or see a specialist. Alternatively, you can find out more about how to stop hair loss here.

Male pattern baldness treatments

Before choosing a treatment for alopecia, you should speak to a specialist or a doctor to get advice on which method will be most beneficial for your condition. This will help you to avoid spending money and precious time on products that aren't effective. While natural supplements and creams are rich in vitamins, have limited side effects and claim to help restore hair, few of them have any clinical data to back up their claims, unlike clinically proven treatments such as Propecia.

Plastic surgery, transplant, scalp reduction and flap-surgery are alternative male pattern baldness treatments that can offer cosmetic improvements Although they offer immediate satisfaction in terms of improved self-esteem and confidence, they are potentially intrusive, expensive, and will most likely require a repeat procedure as time goes on.

Propecia is an FDA-approved alopecia treatment in men, which is proven to treat male pattern hair loss on the vertex (top of head) and anterior mid-scalp area (middle front of head) in men. Finasteride, an active ingredient of Propecia, can halt male pattern baldness in 99% of men, and generate significant regrowth in 66% of users.

Is hair loss treatment available online?

Yes, fortunately there is prescription medication that has been clinically proven to help slow down hair loss, and possibly encourage hair regrowth. To order Propecia, you will need to fill in a quick, confidential online consultation form. This will be checked over by one of our doctors. If they feel that you are safe and suitable for this treatment, they will issue a prescription. Our UK pharmacy will then dispatch the medication for next day delivery.

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