My dad began to go bald in his thirties, and he told me that my grandad lost his hair even earlier. Now I have noticed my hair is getting thinner on the top of my head. I am 22 years old. Am I starting to go bald already?
The most common cause of male hair loss is genetic, so if your father or a grandfather went bald early there is a good chance that you may do so too. Male pattern baldness, or androgenic alopecia, is caused by the effect of male hormones (androgens) on genetically predisposed hair follicles. Within these follicles, testosterone is converted into the androgen DHT (dihydrotestosterone) by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase.
DHT inhibits the growth of new hair cells, and causes follicles to shrink with each growth cycle. The hair gradually becomes thinner until the follicles become dysfunctional and hair no longer grows. This most commonly happens in men between the ages of 18 and 35, when testosterone levels are high.
Classic male pattern baldness appears on the area at the top of the head, leaving hair growing at the sides and back. Scientists have not yet discovered reasons that these hair follicles are unaffected by DHT, while the hair on the top of the head is sensitive to it.
While it seems likely that you are experiencing the early stages of male pattern baldness, the good news is that there is treatment available to tackle the effects of DHT, so with proper treatment, hair loss is not inevitable. Male hairloss is the most common condition that we deal with at the Belgravia Centre and our trichologists have great success in treating it. You can see some of our ‘before and during treatment’ photos to see the amazing results we have achieved for so many clients.
The Belgravia Centre’s hair loss treatment programmes work by blocking DHT from reaching and destroying vulnerable hair follicles, and by stimulating the blood circulation to nurture the existing hair follicles, maintaining them in good health. This comprehensive treatment is aimed at preventing further hair loss and promoting regrowth, and can be effective within a reasonably short period of time.
Belgravia’s treatment is individually tailored to best address your particular hair loss condition, and is based around the only two products that are clinically proven to be effective. Our primary prescription medications are Propecia and Minoxidil, the only products to be both MHRA licensed and FDA approved. Propecia is a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor, which prevents the formation of DHT. Minoxidil increases the blood supply to the areas where it is applied, increasing the nutrients delivered to the hair follicle and preventing shrinkage. Belgravia’s specialists have found that using these two proven medications, along with various hair growth boosters and close trichological monitoring, gives the best results when tackling genetic male hair loss.
The earlier male pattern baldness is addressed the better, so we recommend arranging a free consultation with one of our specialists who can assess your hair condition and advise on treatment. Call 020 7730 6666 to book a consultation, or send us a message with any enquiry you might have. If you can’t get to the London centre, you can complete the online diagnostic form for worldwide advice on a home-use treatment course to fit your needs.