There is a common misconception that men who suffer from Male Pattern Baldness should ‘just let nature take its course’. Those who believe that nothing can be done to help Male Pattern Baldness often think that because it is an inherited condition, it is also untreatable and unpreventable. But hair loss can 0ften be reversed.
The hair loss experts at The Belgravia Centre have a great deal of experience and knowledge in reversing Male Pattern Baldness, as well as its female counterpart, Female Pattern Hair Loss.
What causes Male Pattern Baldness?
Male Pattern Baldness is indeed a genetic hair loss condition. Another common misconception is that it is inherited from the mother’s side of the family, but the truth is that it can be passed on via either the paternal or maternal line. One famous example of Male Pattern Baldness being passed down the paternal line is Prince William’s hair loss, which has followed in the follicular footsteps of his father Prince Charles, and uncle Prince Edward.
It has been estimated that roughly half of all men in the UK will suffer from Male Pattern Baldness to some extent by their 50th birthday. In those who have the gene for Male Pattern Baldness, a chemical process takes place within the body which triggers the hair loss. The exact time of life when this happens varies from person to person, but some men experience significant hair loss as early as their late teens and early twenties.
The chemical indirectly to blame for genetic hair loss is a naturally occurring enzyme called 5 Alpha Reductase. In those who are susceptible to Male Pattern Baldness, this enzyme acts upon the male sex hormone testosterone, converting it into the more powerful derivative, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It is this DHT which causes the follicles to shrink and become less productive. Generally speaking, the follicles are often not lost, but the hair they produce gradually becomes too small to be seen clearly with the naked eye. The result is Male Pattern Baldness.
In men, genetic hair loss often presents itself as a receding hairline or thinning hair on the crown. Some men may go entirely bald in time, and when this is the case there is little that can be done. But for many men it is an immensely treatable condition.
Many celebrities have very publically turned to expensive and risky hair transplant surgery recently, but in many cases this is far from the best treatment for Male Pattern Baldness.
At The Belgravia Centre we use a range of scientifically proven treatments and effective methods of tackling genetic hair loss. Two of our primary tools in treating Male Pattern Baldness are the pharmaceutical treatments Propecia (finasteride 1mg) and Minoxidil.
Both of these treatments have been scientifically proven to prevent further hair loss due to the genetic condition, and have been licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) here in the UK, and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US.
Propecia works by inhibiting the formation of the DHT which causes hair loss. This can not only slow the rate of hair loss, but also reverse it. No one’s exactly sure how Minoxidil works meanwhile, but the fact that it does, has been verified by independent studies. Some scientists believe it works by opening up potassium channels in the scalp and increasing blood flow to the hair follicles. It is believed that adding MPG or Azelaic Acid to a formulation of high strength minoxidil can increase its effectiveness.
At Belgravia we do not rely on these pharmaceutical methods alone to treat baldness. We have a broad range of clinical and home use treatments available, including HairMax LaserCombs and our own Hair Vitalics nutritional supplement. Our greatest asset though is our dedicated and experienced hair loss experts, who have helped countless men and women to reverse their genetic hair loss and other hair loss conditions. You can view many examples of the treatment successes we achieve by browsing the frequently updated collection of Hair Loss Success Stories on our website and blog.
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.