Two thousand men who were asked about the things they most worried about confirmed what countless other polls that have gone before unearthed: men are absolutely terrified about hair loss.
Losing their hair to the genetic condition Male Pattern Baldness, which is on the cards for the lion’s share of men by the time they hit retirement age (though it often happens much, much earlier), is one of the modern man’s top concerns.
The poll, printed in The Sun, found that men’s biggest nightmare was putting on weight, with the appearance of a receding hairline or bald spots on the back of their heads – otherwise known as a thinning crown – a close number two. “Body shape” came in at number three.
Half of men already losing hair
The poll, which was commissioned by a surgical hair restoration company, found that almost half of all men surveyed were already losing their hair. This is perhaps unsurprising given genetic hair loss can strike any time following puberty in those with an inherited predisposition.
Hair thinning in cases of pattern hair loss occurs due to a genetic sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is a testosterone byproduct that is largely useless following puberty. This binds itself to the follicles around the top of the head and hairline, gradually weakening and destroying them over time. It is this action that causes the outward display of thinning hair and can eventually lead to baldness as, once the follicle has been destroyed, no new hair is produced.
Whilst signs of hair loss are thought to start becoming most prevalent in a man’s thirties, due to the fact that certain lifestyle factors can exacerbate the rate of Male Pattern Baldness, as modern life is becoming increasingly demanding hair loss is starting increasingly earlier. These factors that can trigger or speed up the rate of hair fall in predisposed men include common issues such as stress (physical or emotional), diet imbalances and smoking.
According to figures released by the American Hair Loss Assocation, two-thirds of men are likely to experience hair thinning by the age of 35, with this number increasing to around 85 per cent of men once they hit 50.
Worried about appearance
The poll’s findings also revealed that men worry about their appearance for around 35 minutes every day, which tots up to almost a year-and-a-half in a typical lifetime. This is an awful lot of time and energy to spend worrying about things which can be changed.
The irony is that – just like regular exercise and dietary changes can help to change the way you look – Male Pattern Baldness can also be dealt with. Though many men still aren’t aware of it, there are actually medically-approved, clinically-proven treatments available.
Finasteride 1mg and minoxidil are designed to stop thinning and regrow lost hair in cases of genetic hair loss. These are non-invasive oral and topical medications respectively, meaning no surgery is required, and their use as part of a comprehensive approach can often produce impressive regrowth results – especially if the condition is detected early on. Finasteride 1mg can inhibit the formation of DHT, allowing hair growth to proceed unhindered, whilst our specialists have found using topical applications of high strength minoxidil can be particularly effective at promoting regrowth in stubborn areas, including the hairline and crown.
At Belgravia customised male hair loss treatment courses are devised by our specialists following a consultation – either in person at one of our Central London hair loss clinics, or via our online service for clients further afield. This will allow them to provide a professional diagnosis of the hair loss condition and recommendations for effective treatments tailored to each individual’s level and pattern of shedding.
Depending on the level of hair loss when treatment is started, it usually takes three to six months to start seeing the results as long as the course is followed diligently. Given the daily usage time is around five to ten minutes, it seems trying this approach could take less time and be a more proactive hair loss solution that worrying about it.
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.