Male pattern hair loss is by far the most common form of excess shedding in men, and affects 95% of those with hair loss. However, is it possible that male pattern hair loss is occurring consecutively with another form of hair loss?
In short, yes, and this is why getting a diagnosis from a hair loss specialist is important: it ensures that your treatment is not only appropriate, but designed to be the most effective means of medically tackling your type or types of hair loss and its severity.
Firstly, understanding the reason why we go bald is important, as it enables us to understand the hair loss treatment process. We inherit the predisposition to pattern hair loss from our family tree, and it can come from both sides. We need to both inherit this predisposition and express it for balding to occur, and it is impossible to predict whether this will happen, or at what age and to what extent.
Treatment Depends on Cause
Baldness can not be treated pre-emptively, but once thinning hair or a receding hairline begins, a hair loss treatment plan that contains the two clinically proven hair loss medications – that have been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA (the UK and US medical regulatory bodies) – should be begun. The first of these, Propecia, works by blocking DHT, the hormone that causes follicular miniaturisation atop the scalp in those who are genetically sensitive to it.
However, if other types of hair loss that are unrelated to DHT are occurring at the same time, what is accusing them and how can we treat them? Telogen effluvium is one such type of shedding, which occurs when hairs prematurely and rapidly enter the telogen (resting) stage of their cycle, before shedding. There can be many triggers for telogen effluvium, and these include chronic stress, a sudden shock, illness and infection, and therapy.
Hair loss from telogen effluvium should generally correct itself within the year, but this doesn’t always happen. When hair needs a helping hand to return to its previous thickness, the second and only other proven medication, minoxidil, can come in useful.
When Hair Doesn’t Grow Back
Minoxidil works by stimulating new hair growth, and can produce results in just a few months (take a look at the before and during treatment photographs on our blog for many examples) rather than a year. It’s also possible that stress may have triggered the early onset of pattern hair loss, too.
In terms of other causes of hair loss, if you wear your hair in a tight style like cornrows, traction alopecia may be occurring. Belgravia’s unique high strength minoxidil cream has regrown hair in many cases of traction alopecia, and is also useful for treating a receding hairline, which lower strength minoxidil probably won’t impact.
Once the causes of your hair loss have been determined, a treatment plan containing the most appropriate minoxidil formulations along with Propecia and a variety of hair growth boosters – such as the FDA cleared LaserComb – will be created for you. Treatment can be done in the comfort of your home and takes just minutes.
The Belgravia Centre—————————————————————————————————–
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. We offer clinically proven treatments for hair loss, as part of comprehensive treatment programmes offered by our hair loss specialists. Our in-house pharmacies produce high-strength medications for hair loss that contain medically proven ingredients and are available at no other clinic worldwide. Treatment programmes are available by visiting the centres or for home-use, 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 hair regrowth that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 0800 077 6666 for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.