Hair Loss

World Wide Hair Loss Report for both male and female hair loss cases

About Hair Loss

Hair loss, or the general medical term; Alopecia, in the male form is a genetic disorder. Male-pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss, affecting around half of all men by 50 years of age. The effects of male pattern baldness usually start to show around the late twenties or early thirties and most men will have some degree of hair loss by the late thirties.
Male-pattern baldness occurs when hair follicles convert testosterone into another hormone called dihydrotestosterone, or DHT for short. Once affected, hair follicles at the sides and top of the head will become more sensitive to DHT, which then causes the hair follicles to shrink, weaken and eventually die. This then slows the hair production and can lead to complete hair loss of these affected areas.
Hair Loss Treatments Although there is no cure for hair loss, there are treatments that can help prevent further hair loss and even, in some cases, renew hair growth.
Currently, the most popular and effective treatments in the UK are finasteride (banded Propecia) and minoxidil.
Finasteride and minoxidil are two different forms of treatment. Finasteride is an oral tablet and needs to be prescribed by a doctor before the treatment is available to you (we can offer this treatment via our online doctor consultation). Minoxidil is a topical lotion or foam which is applied directly to the affected area and is available from most pharmacies without the need for a prescription.
How do Hair Loss Treatments Work? Finasteride and Minoxidil are varient medications that both have different affects on hair loss. Finasteride works very differently than Minoxidil, it works by directly inhibiting the conversion of testosterone into the hormone DHT, thereby reducing the effects that DHT has on hair follicles.
Minoxidil appears to have a temporary stimulating effect on hair follicles, though it is still unclear exactly how Minoxidil works. Through stimulation of hair follicles, we can witness hair growth but these affects cease if the treatment is stopped.
How Effective Are Hair Loss Treatments? The success rates of hair loss treatments finasteride and minoxidil are typically high in those with mild to moderate hair loss, though they may need to be taken for several months before any effect is seen.
Forms of Hair Loss

There are various types of hair loss that affect a large portion of both the male and female population, these include the following:

  1. Male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia)
    This is the most common form of hair loss in males. Male pattern baldness causes the hairline to recede and the hair on the top of the head and temples begins to thin. Male pattern baldness affects around half of all men by the age of 50. This is the condition that Propecia and generic finasteride are licenced to treat.
  2. Female pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia)
    Both female, and male pattern baldness share the same symptoms; gradually thinning hair from the top of the head and receding hair line. Female pattern baldness tends to run in the family, and often tends to get worse after the menopause.
  3. Telogen effluvium
    Telogen effluvium is a shedding and thinning of hair. This typically occurs after you have suffered an illness or if your body has undergone a stressful event, such as surgery or sudden weight loss. Fortunately this type of hairloss is usually only temporary.
  4. Alopecia areata
    This form of hair loss is most common in teenagers and young adults and is usually noticeable by patchy hair loss. In many cases this form of hair loss is known to subside and hair will typically grow back after a few months. Alopecia areata affects one or two people out of a thousand in the UK.
  5. Alopecia totalis and alopecia universalis
    These two forms of hair loss are the most severe. Alopecia totalis is a complete loss of hair on the head and alopeica universalis is a complete loss of hair on both the head and body. In both cases, hair is unlikely to grow back unless the cause of hair loss is due to traumatic events such as chemotherapy.

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