We occasionally see male patients who have experienced hair loss, only to see that loss fully, or partially, regrow by itself. Obviously, when this happens, the patient has little need of a hair loss clinic! However, when men are beginning to lose hair once again, they often visit to establish whether they can expect this loss to grow back, too.
The first important point to make is that the most common cause of hair loss in men, male pattern hair loss, cannot be regrown without the use of a medically proven hair loss treatment programme that contains at least one of the two medications that have been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA to treat hair loss.
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However, in certain cases, men can experience different types of hair loss that can regrow. Hair loss from traction alopecia may be able to regrow by itself, providing that whatever is causing the loss in the first place, for instance tight hair braids, is quickly stopped. Although, it’s often the case that a high strength minoxidil cream is needed to ensure optimum regrowth. Minoxidil is one of the two proven hair loss medications, and is applied topically at a dose recommended by a hair loss specialist.
There are other, less well known causes of hair loss in men that can recover to an extent. The auto-immune condition alopecia areata can cause sudden patchy hair loss on the scalp, and whilst partial recovery and even spontaneous remission is possible, hair loss often comes and goes in cycles.
Aside from the above conditions, there are certain forms of hair loss such as folliculitis decalvans, which can recover to a certain extent if scarring has not occurred. There are also various medical conditions of which hair loss can be a side effect, such as Lupus, and if the underlying condition is one that can be cured or managed, hair loss may cease to be an issue.
Diagnosis Is Key
The key thing to remember is that even though you may have experienced a type of hair loss that has regrown, if you’re noticing a thinning atop the scalp or a receding hairline, the chances are that this is the onset of pattern hair loss. A treatment plan that contains Propecia, the hair loss medication that blocks DHT (which damages hair follicles, causing weaker hair to grow) and minoxidil will halt hair and potentially regrow thinning patches.
It’s important to treat pattern hair loss before the area becomes completely shiny and bald, as at this point hair cannot be medically regrown. If you’re unsure as to what is causing your hair loss, or whether it will recover by itself or not, a consultation with a Belgravia hair loss specialist will diagnose the issue and establish whether it can be treated, and whether treatment needs to be maintained.
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.