An infographic based on a Fryday poll has revealed that 87% of British men are unaware that there are clinically proven medical hair loss treatments available to them to prevent baldness. The results also revealed that despite being the most likely of all European men to experience hair loss, they are the most likely to avoid treatment.
This information is worrying, as hair loss is harder to treat the longer that it’s left to develop. Male pattern hair loss occurs when men with a genetic predisposition (inherited from the family tree) are sensitive to the powerful androgen hormone DHT.
Brits In The Dark
DHT causes follicular miniaturisation atop the scalp, leading to follicle damage that means that weaker, wispsy ‘baby’ hairs are produced.
Because pattern hair loss is down to genetics (although you can carry the gene without expressing it, and it is thought that certain environmental factors such as stress can trigger the early onset of pattern hair loss) there is no way to ‘cure’ it. However, a hair loss treatment plan that contains at least one medication that has been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA (the UK and US medical regulatory bodies) can both halt hair loss and regrow areas of thinning hair.
Because there are so many supposed hair loss treatments on the market that on closer inspection merely claim to improve the condition or apparent thickness of existing hair, many men feel overwhelmed by choice and put off committing to a treatment.
Clinically Proven Medications
Only two medications carry the approval of the key bodies mentioned above and, due to being highly complementary, they can be used simultaneously.
The first of these medications, finasteride 1mg – a drug often known by its first brand name, Propecia – works by blocking the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). In men with a genetic predisposition towards male pattern baldness, DHT binds to the hair follicles, slowly crushing them, which is what causes the outward appearance of thinning hair. Providing that DHT is blocked before the area of scalp you wish to treat becomes shiny and bald, there is every chance that follicles can be treated successfully to halt the rate of hair loss.
Finasteride is great for treating an all over thinning of the top of the head, but it has little effect on a receding hairline, which is where the second medication minoxidil comes in useful. At Belgravia, our specialists have found that topical applications of high strength minoxidil can be extremely effective when dealing with stubborn thinning – such as a receding hairline – and can stimulate hair growth even in damaged follicles, providing that they haven’t scarred.
So, for men confused about what options are open to them, they should ensure that any hair loss treatment plan that they embark on contains either (or preferably both) finasteride 1mg and/or minoxidil. However, alongside these medications, there are a number of hair growth boosters which, whilst they cannot regrow hair when used alone, can contribute to all-round hair health in both existing hair and regrowth.
At Belgravia, we understand how daunting addressing your hair loss can be. That’s why we offer free consultations with no obligation to buy, where a hair loss specialist will diagnose you and recommend a course of treatment. We also offer a mail order service for patients unable to attend our London clinics: just fill in an online consultation form and someone will contact you to discuss your hair loss.
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.