You may not like it, but it’s a fact that most men will experience some degree of hair loss in their lifetimes. The classic scenario is thinning, the appearance of a bald spot on the top of the head, followed by a receding hair line at the temples and gradual progression to the dreaded balding crown.
What Causes Hair Loss in Men?
Hair loss can be a multi-factorial condition. It can be the side effect of another ailment or consumption of medication, it has been linked to various lifestyle and environmental factors, and it can be caused or aggravated by stress.
However, the cause of the majority of male hair loss cases is plainly, and unfairly, down to genetics. Male pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, is the most commonly observed hair loss condition seen in men and is the result of the hormone known as DHT (dihydrotestosterone).
DHT is derived from testosterone and is highly purposeful. It helps in the growth of body hair during puberty, deepens a man’s voice and plays a role in both sex drive and the growth of muscle tissue. Unfortunately for some, however, DHT is also the main cause of hair loss.
DHT is formed primarily in the prostate gland, testes, adrenal glands and hair follicles. For some reason, a lot of men inherit hair follicles that are genetically sensitive to DHT. This means, in the presence of DHT, the hair follicle contracts and shrinks, forming progressively finer hair while shortening the lifecycle of the sensitised hair follicle. If left untreated, the hair follicles ultimately cease producing hair.
What are the Risks?
Two-thirds of all men will be affected by male pattern baldness by the time they’re 50. In the UK, this means 7.4 million men are experiencing hair loss at any one time. Race appears to play a role in the incidence of male pattern baldness with the highest rates found among Caucasians.
Male pattern baldness is a hereditary condition that be passed down from either side of the family but genetics are a funny thing. If your father is thinning it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll thin out, or if your maternal grandfather is bald, it doesn’t mean you’re doomed either. There is no denying however that the risks would be pretty high.
Are there any Treatments for Male Pattern Baldness?
The single most effective treatment, specifically designed, scientifically and clinically tested and approved to treat male pattern baldness is Propecia. Generically known as finasteride, it has also been shown to decrease the risk of prostate cancer. You’ll no doubt come across loads of wonder drugs and miracle cures but beware – none can even remotely compare to the effectiveness of Propecia.
Propecia is the most effective of the three FDA-approved hair loss treatments, but the great news is, its results can be improved further by combining it with one or more of the other FDA approved treatments and by use of certain ‘booster’ products.
Propecia works by inhibiting the formation of DHT in the scalp, effectively preventing the progression of hair loss and results have also seen the regrowth of hair. Other FDA-approved hair loss treatments (minoxidil and the HairMax Laser Comb) work to stimulate the hair follicles and encourage hair growth and can therefore be used to complement each other’s strengths.
Where Can I Get an Effective Hair Loss Treatment Course?
For a free consultation and diagnosis, contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666, or email the centre. The best thing is you can get the professional advice and treatment you need without leaving home – complete the online diagnostic form and wait to be contacted by a Belgravia Centre professional so you can take advantage of the mail-order hair loss treatment course.
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