At The Belgravia Centre, we find that the most effective way to treat male pattern hair loss, along with a range of other hair loss conditions experienced by men, is a combined treatment approach. However, many of our patients are understandably interested in why we suggest two medications in most cases: why won’t one do? Can two hair loss medications work on the same hair follicle?
The short answer is yes, the two clinically proven hair loss medications that form the basis for many a successful treatment programme (you can see the evidence on our blog) both work in different ways. Because the two treatments are highly complementary they can be used at the same time, and using them both each day doesn’t hamper their effectiveness; for instance there is no need to rotate your usage.
The first of the two medications, Propecia, works by blocking the production of the androgen hormone that causes male pattern hair loss: dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. This powerful hormone is formed when testosterone combines with the enzyme 5-alpha reductase, and by inhibiting this enzyme Propecia stops DHT forming.
DHT causes follicular miniaturisation on the scalp, which leads to thin, wispy ‘baby-like’ hair being produced in the place of your usual healthy growth. By blocking DHT, hair follicles are prevented from ceasing hair production altogether, at which point the scalp area becomes bald and shiny.
The second medication, minoxidil, seems to work by stimulating hair follicles by ensuring that they receive as much blood as possible. Scientists are still debating what exactly makes minoxidil so effective (and in turn why other vasodilators are not useful as hair loss treatments) but it remains a clinically proven hair loss medication, which like Propecia has been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA.
So, as indicated above, the different ways in which the two medications address hair loss means that they work extremely well together. However, it’s also important to ensure that you’re taking the right amount of each medication, something that a hair loss specialist can advise you on.
Whilst Propecia comes in a standard daily dose of 1mg, minoxidil comes in a variety of strengths. For information about high strength minoxidil available from Belgravia to treat hair loss, including stubborn areas such as hard to treat receding hairlines, please contact the clinic.
Minoxidil can also be combined with certain ingredients that appear to block DHT when applied locally, such as azelaic acid. These added ingredients complement the action performed by Propecia, and can also be used by patients who aren’t suitable candidates for Propecia.
Of course, whilst minoxidil and Propecia are the only proven medications for hair loss, a comprehensive hair loss treatment programme would contain a number of treatment boosters such as nutritional supplement Hair Vitalics and the FDA cleared LaserComb, which ensure all round hair health.
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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.