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: