A leading Washington DC cosmetic dermatologist has revealed that when men come to him to freshen up their appearance, their number one concern is nearly always hair loss.
Talking to the refinery29.com website, Dr Terrence Keaney says that around 60 to 70 per cent of his clients are male (it is a sector he specifically markets to) and a “decent amount” of these are politicians. When they come in to see him, he says, they tend to tell him who they don’t want to look like as opposed to who they would like to resemble, and their concerns, he says, usually begin with their hair.
Despite Male Pattern Baldness often being tarred as a ‘sign of ageing’, it can actually start in genetically predisposed men any time following puberty.
Hair loss can age a man
Most men categorically do not want to lose their hair – and perhaps with good reason: researchers in Germany found that men who feel youthful are more successful than those who don’t. Another study found that visible signs of hair loss adds up to eight years to a man’s perceived age. Greying hair adds up to seven years, while being heavily unshaven can add up to three.
Male pattern baldness is an hereditary hair loss condition, which can be inherited from either side of the family though recent research suggests this is most likely to be passed on through the father’s side of the family. Because of this, an emotional link often exists between hairloss and ageing, because a man remembers his own father losing his hair. In turn, this can lead to the feeling that a man is effectively turning into his own dad – someone they have witnessed growing old before their very eyes.
“Men think about ageing differently and have different concerns,” says Dr Keaney. “There are three major areas they tend to focus on when they look in the mirror. Hair loss and hair thinning is, by far, the biggest concern. It’s the number one thing that ages a man.”
He adds: “Men care about their appearance – just look at luxury fashion or skincare sales – but have been largely ignored in the dermatology field, so they think that treatments aren’t for them.”
While this statement may be true when it comes to the likes of facial fillers like Botox, it is less so when it comes to hair loss treatment, a field in which men are well-served in relation to effective treatments for the genetic condition Male Pattern Baldness.
Regrowing hair and preventing baldness
Most men associate genetic hairloss with the ageing process – even though thinning can begin at any time post-puberty if a man has a predisposed sensitivity to a testosterone by-product named DHT (dihydrotestosterone). DHT latches on to sensitive follicles situated around the top of the scalp and hairline, causing them to produce weaker, thinner hair over time, ultimately leading to hair loss. Because of this ingrained fear of hair thinning, male pattern baldness is often tackled as soon as evidence of it is spotted, often through following a male hair loss treatment course.
Belgravia’s hair loss specialists are often asked if it is possible to start a treatment course before they start losing their hair in order to prevent hair loss from affecting them. The answer to this is, no – the simple reason being, you may not have the genetic makeup for male pattern baldness! This type of hereditary hair loss can even skip generations if it does run in the family, so following an unnecessary treatment regime ‘just in case’ is not advised. Should any signs of thinning or a receding hairline start to become noticeable, however, at that point a professional diagnosis should be sought and – where appropriate – personalised treatment recommendations will be made at that point.
There are currently two clinically-proven, MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved hair loss treatments for male pattern baldness; one comes in tablet form (finasteride 1mg) and inhibits DHT production, the other, which complements this, is a topical vasodilator named minoxidil. Applied directly to the scalp where it is needed, this solution opens up potassium channels in the scalp and encourages regrowth.
At Belgravia, clients tend to use combination courses comprising recommended formulations of high strength minoxidil, as well as taking the once-a-day DHT-blocker, finasteride 1mg and using additional hair growth booster products. This three-pronged approach is followed by many men who want to regrow lost hair to successfully manage this permanent hair loss condition, as well as helping them to prevent baldness through on-going use.
One advantage of this type of non-surgical route is that it can deal with hair loss discreetly. Though looking through before and after photographs showing men before and then months after starting their hair loss treatment regimes may clearly show quite a spectacular difference, the change happens gradually. The new hair growth and improvements in density may even make clients feel more confident and appear younger. As Belgravia Male Hair Loss Treatment client, Gaetano – pictured, says: “6 months into the treatment and I can see incredible results. Very very happy with it. My friends say I look younger!”
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.