Male pattern baldness is one of the most common hair loss conditions in the UK, affecting 40% of men under 40 and a massive 65% of men by the age of 60. Given this is the case, it’s surprising that sufferers still frequently find themselves embarrassed or stigmatised by the condition.
One of the most crucial facts regarding male pattern baldness is that it is a purely genetic condition, caused by male hormones, known as androgens, acting on genetically pre-programmed hair follicles. The body produces an enzyme 5-Alpha Reductase which converts the hormone testosterone into the potent dihydrotestosterone.
This then binds to hair follicles which are genetically pre-disposed for hair loss. The dihydrotestosterone causes the hair follicle to shrink and eventually stop producing hair, at this point hair thinning occurs. If left untreated, this can eventually lead to baldness.
This is purely genetic cause and effect – male pattern baldness is not a symptom of any underlying illness or a sign that someone is not fit and healthy. Nor does it indicate that the sufferer is ‘unmanly’, a frequent stigma attached to the condition. In fact, given the role testosterone plays in the condition, you could argue the opposite is actually true!
Statistics tell us that as much as 75% of the UK’s male population believe that hair loss is unpreventable, which is a complete fallacy in the case of male pattern baldness. Being one of the most common hair loss conditions, it is luckily also one of the most treatable – and through non-surgical methods.
The Belgravia Centre has seen thousands of men suffering from male pattern hair loss and helped them arrest their hair loss and inspire re-growth in previously affected hair follicles. The consequence is that, in the majority of cases, their natural hair line returns to its origional state and any hair loss is practically undetectable.
Although male pattern baldness is a common condition, it affects each individual differently; therefore, no two hair loss treatment plans are the same. Our trichologists will tailor your treatment to the severity of your condition, the type of hair you have and the results you require. Of course, some of the basic ingredients are the same.
There are only two products which are proven for the treatment of male pattern baldness in the UK (licensed as they are by the UK’s MHRA and the FDA in the United States). They each take a different approach to the condition, and so work best in combination. Propecia is a medication based on Finasteride, an anti-androgen, originally developed for the treatment of prostate cancer.
Propecia works by inhibiting the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone. The drug lowers DHT levels in the body to a point where, after a sustained course, they will naturally balance themselves out and hair loss will stop.
Minoxidil works alongside Propecia, and works by increasing blood flow to the scalp so that hair follicles receive all the oxygen and nutrients they require for growth. This not only helps hair to re-grow, but ensures it will do so in the best possible condition. The Belgravia Centre prepares its own Minoxidil 4% and 5% fodmulations and an extra-strength 12.5% Minoxidil cream at its on-site pharmacy; adding a booster ingredients of Azelaic Acid or MPG, products which are believed to inhibit DHT from reaching the hair follicles. The strength of Minoxidil required varies depending on the individual’s pattern and stage of male pattern baldness.
Around the spine of these two medications, there are several more hair growth booster treatments which can help combat male pattern hair loss. Selecting the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type, and any hair loss conditions, can really help to encourage perfectly healthy and vibrant hair re-growth. The Belgravia Clinic’s on-site pharmacy prepares a range of hair care products that are woven into your individual treatment plan to boost your hair re-growth along.
A daily supplement, such as Hair Vitalics, can also help ensure that the hair follicles are receiving all the nutrients they need on a regular basis. This means that your hair, both existing and re-growing, will be as healthy and strong as it possibly can be, helping to reduce the risk of hair shedding through brittleness.
Male pattern baldness sufferers who like their gadgetry will be thrilled with the Laser Comb, included free with most treatment courses at the Belgravia Centre. This device emits low-level laser across the scalp to stimulate blood flow and encourage hair growth.
Belgravia’s success stories are the largest collection of their kind in the world. They include comments written by happy treatment users, and their before/after photos (which are taken of every visiting patient). Treatment programmes are however available to anybody around the world for home use.
So as you can see, with all these treatment options for male pattern baldness, there really is no reason for it to be inevitable. If you happen to know someone who is in the 75% that think it is, feel free to pass on this article and put them in contact with us.