The average person loses between 50 and 100 hair a day which are replaced by new hairs. This is entirely normal. However, hair loss is a common condition in men, usually the result of genes and a hormone called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which inhibits the growth of new hair. By the age of 35, 2 in every 5 men will suffer, rising to two thirds by the age of 60.
The balding process can vary in length of time; for some it comes on quickly, for others it can take up to 25 years to go completely bare on top. The hair loss will usually start with a receding hairline; the best way to determine how the hair loss will progress and whether treatment can halt the balding process, is to see a hair specialist for a full diagnosis.
Hair loss can be a distressing event for anyone to experience, and heightened stress levels will make the hair fall out faster. If you are a suitable candidate for a hair loss treatment programme then you are tackling the hair loss on a physical and emotional level – treatment can restore the hair and you feel in control of the situation which means you kick that anxiety and any related hair loss out of the window.
Hair loss can also be a symptom of thyroid disease and iron deficiency, and a side-effect of certain medications. Once these causes are resolved, the hair may re-grow on its own.
However, for the vast majority of men, the cause will be genetic and if left untreated, the condition becomes irreversible. There are only two treatments that have been proven to work for male hair loss: Propecia and Minoxidil. Both have been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA, the medical regulatory bodies in the UK and USA respectively. These treatments can be particularly effective when combined together for an individualised treatment programme.
The Belgravia Centre offers clients a free consultation with a hair specialist. To book an appointment, please call 020 7730 6666 or message the clinic. Alternatively, for a consultation via the website, please complete the online diagnostic form.