The large majority of men will suffer from hair loss at some point during their lives. The cause is nearly always genetic which means that the loss of hair will progress to near or total baldness if left untreated. Most men will begin to see the first signs in their 20s or 30s. The good news is that if it is diagnosed and treated early, it is possible to prevent baldness.
There are two products that men can use: Propecia and Minoxidil. Both have been licensed by the MHRA and ‘FDA-approved’ for the treatment of male hair loss. These are the medical regulatory bodies in the UK and USA respectively. This means that they have undergone clinical trials and shown to be both safe and effective.
Propecia blocks 5-alpha reductase which in turn reduces Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the product in the body that is responsible for hair loss. Originally designed to treat an enlarged prostate which is also thought to be caused by increased levels of DHT, users noticed a curious side effect – their hair had not only stopped thinning but had also begun to grown back thicker and stronger than before.
Minoxidil was first created as a blood thinning agent but was found to be more effective at tackling hair loss. The exact mechanism by which it works is not fully understood but some experts believe it works by opening up potassium channels in the cells and allowing more nutrients to reach the scalp. It can be prepared in various strengths. The Belgravia Centre is the only hair loss clinic in the UK with its own in-house pharmacy where we prepare Minoxidil in a 4% and 5% solution and an extra-strength 12.5%cream. This means we can tailor the treatment to suit the individual.
If you are noticing thinning hair or hair loss, it is recommended you see a hair specialist for an accurate diagnosis and advice on treatment. The Belgravia Centre offers clients a free consultation with a hair specialist. To book your appointment, please call 020 7730 6666 or message the clinic. For a consultation via the website, please complete the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will be in touch.