Male pattern hair loss, the most common form of hair loss in men that affects 95% of those with noticeable shedding, is usually spoken about in terms of specific areas of thinning, such as the crown (the beginnings of a bald spot) or at the hairline (when a receding hairline or widow’s peak becomes visible).
However, it is also possible for men to experience diffuse patterned alopecia (DPA) which appears as diffuse thinning in the front, top and crown, and diffuse unpatterned alopecia (DUPA) which lacks a stable permanent zone and is much less common.
Difference Between DUPA and DUA
In general, DUPA tends to advance quicker than DPA and will usually end up in a horseshoe pattern resembling the Norwood class VII, however this type of loss differs from pattern balding because the low back and sides will appear thinner.
Whilst the appearances may differ, the reason behind both these types of hair loss is down to a genetic predisposition, and as such any manifestation of androgenetic alopecia cannot be ‘cured’. The thinning and shedding occurs when the androgen hormone DHT attacks hair follicles on the scalp, causing them to miniaturise and produce thinner, weaker hair.
Once genetic hair loss has onset, it requires treatment to prevent it progressing further, and eventually becoming medically untreatable. A clinically proven hair loss treatment plan that contains the only two medications licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA (The UK and US medical regulatory bodies) for hereditary hairloss is the best way to deal with this type of thinning.
The first of these, Propecia, is a daily oral tablet that blocks DHT. It contains the active ingredient finasteride 1mg – Propecia is simply one of many brand names this medication goes by – and is especially effective for treating thinning along the top of the scalp, and because blocking DHT presents no problem to the male body after puberty, it is safe for long term use.
The second medication, minoxidil, works by stimulating regrowth and can be applied directly to the thinning area for targeted treatment. Unlike Propecia, it is dose dependent, and a number of high strength minoxidil for particularly stubborn areas of hair loss formulations are available from the Belgravia pharmacy at each of our Central London hair loss clinics.
Treating Androgenetic Alopecia
The two medications are highly complementary, and have achieved great success for thousands of men’s hair loss patients. They are used as part of a Belgravia treatment plan that also involves a number of specially selected treatment boosters to enhance results. These include additional ingredients in our minoxidil formulations that appear to help block DHT when applied locally, and the FDA cleared LaserComb, which can speed up regrowth.
Because it’s impossible to tell how quickly your male pattern hair loss will progress, attending a Belgravia consultation to establish the best course of treatment is advisable as soon as you notice the hair loss onset. Belgravia patients are also closely monitored throughout their treatment plans to ensure that hair loss is halted and regrown in the most efficient way possible.
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.