Question: I’ve always had a good head of hair but for the last few years it’s been thinning on top quite a lot. It’s starting to get to me but I’m 54 and worried I’ve left it too late to do anything about it. Are hair loss treatments suitable for men of my age? Is it possible for over 50s to regrow hair?
Although it’s true that you’re more likely to see significant regrowth if you seek help early on, that doesn’t mean the treatments won’t be effective in helping you to grow your hair back if you use them further down the line. Whether this is in your 40’s, 50’s or even 60’s, the key factor is what stage of shedding your male pattern hair loss has reached when you start treatment.
Some men begin to lose their hair much earlier than others – even in their early teens – so the fact that you say you are only just starting to notice more thinning now is definitely a positive sign in terms of the likelihood of seeing results from treatment.
Male hair loss treatments are suitable for men in their 50’s as long as their hair follicles are still active. What this means is, as long as you still have some hair – even if it is thinning, or if you have a receding hairline – then the follicles are alive and should respond to stimulation from treatment, such as a high strength minoxidil.
Generally the only time treatment will not work is if the scalp has already taken on the shiny appearance associated with true baldness, as this means the hair follicles have died and scarred over so there is nothing for the minoxidil to activate. A hair loss specialist will assess your pattern and level of shedding at an initial trichocheck and discuss your options with you. They can also then recommend the most effective hair loss treatment plan, specially tailored to include treatments and hair growth boosters, which would be personalised to your specific needs.
Many men who have come to us later in life looking for help addressing their signs of hair loss have seen significant regrowth. You can find examples of male hair loss treatment regrowth results for Belgravia clients in their 50’s featured in our Success Stories.
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.