Question: Can you treat hair loss in teenagers?
Answer: Hi, Felicity. Assuming they are medically suitable for treatment, we can treat teenagers who are 16 years old or above but it depends on their hair loss condition.
Early onset genetic hair loss – male pattern baldness or female pattern hair loss – can start to occur any time following puberty but it can also be treated using the unisex, clinically-proven medication minoxidil. This is a solution that is applied directly to the scalp once or twice per day, as advised, and can be combined with a number of hair growth boosters to help inhibit further thinning and accelerate regrowth.
Once boys reach 18 years of age they also become eligible to also use finasteride 1mg but this is only for the treatment of male hair loss and is not suitable for girls or women.
If the hair loss is caused by another condition we are able to treat effectively, such as telogen effluvium, which causes temporarily thinning hair all over the scalp and is mostly seen in females, or Alopecia Areata, the autoimmune disorder which can result in patchy hair loss, then as long as the teen is at least 16 years old and medically approved for treatment, providing it should not be a problem.
The best thing to do is to have a professional hair loss specialist nurse carry out an assessment whereby they can diagnose the condition and advise as to the age-appropriate treatment options available. If treatment is a viable option then they will make recommendations for a bespoke, personalised plan to prevent further shedding and help promote regrowth. In the case of any teenagers with hair loss who are under 16 years old, we recommend speaking to your GP.
The Belgravia Centre
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.