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Male Pattern Baldness: Genetic but not Irreversible

Prince William Thinning HairThere is a common misconception that men who suffer from Male Pattern Baldness should ‘just let nature take its course’. Those who believe that nothing can be done to help Male Pattern Baldness often think that because it is an inherited condition, it is also untreatable and unpreventable. But hair loss can often be reversed.

The hair loss experts at The Belgravia Centre have a great deal of experience and knowledge in reversing Male Pattern Baldness, as well as its female counterpart, Female Pattern Hair Loss.

What causes Male Pattern Baldness?

Male Pattern Baldness is indeed a genetic hair loss condition. Another common misconception is that it is inherited from the mother’s side of the family, but the truth is that it can be passed on via either the paternal or maternal line. One famous example of Male Pattern Baldness being passed down the paternal line is Prince William’s hair loss, which has followed in the follicular footsteps of his father Prince Charles, and uncle Prince Edward.

It has been estimated that roughly half of all men in the UK will suffer from Male Pattern Baldness to some extent by their 50th birthday. In those who have the gene for Male Pattern Baldness, a chemical process takes place within the body which triggers the hair loss. The exact time of life when this happens varies from person to person, but some men experience significant hair loss as early as their late teens and early twenties.

The chemical indirectly to blame for genetic hair loss is a naturally occurring enzyme called 5 Alpha Reductase. In those who are susceptible to Male Pattern Baldness, this enzyme acts upon the male sex hormone testosterone, converting it into the more powerful derivative, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It is this DHT which causes the follicles to shrink and become less productive. Generally speaking, the follicles are often not lost, but the hair they produce gradually becomes too small to be seen clearly with the naked eye. The result is Male Pattern Baldness.

In men, genetic hair loss often presents itself as a receding hairline or thinning hair on the crown. Some men may go entirely bald in time, and when this is the case there is little that can be done. But for many men it is an immensely treatable condition.

Hair Loss Before After PhotosHow can it be treated?

Many celebrities have very publically turned to expensive and risky hair transplant surgery recently, but in many cases this is far from the best treatment for Male Pattern Baldness.

At The Belgravia Centre we use a range of scientifically proven treatments and effective methods of tackling genetic hair loss. Two of our primary tools in treating Male Pattern Baldness are the pharmaceutical treatments Propecia (finasteride 1mg) and Minoxidil.

Both of these treatments have been scientifically proven to prevent further hair loss due to the genetic condition, and have been licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) here in the UK, and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US.

Propecia works by inhibiting the formation of the DHT which causes hair loss. This can not only slow the rate of hair loss, but also reverse it. No one’s exactly sure how Minoxidil works meanwhile, but the fact that it does, has been verified by independent studies. Some scientists believe it works by opening up potassium channels in the scalp and increasing blood flow to the hair follicles. It is believed that adding MPG or Azelaic Acid to a formulation of high strength minoxidil can increase its effectiveness.

At Belgravia we do not rely on these pharmaceutical methods alone to treat baldness. We have a broad range of clinical and home use treatments available, including HairMax LaserCombs and our own Hair Vitalics nutritional supplement. Our greatest asset though is our dedicated and experienced hair loss experts, who have helped countless men and women to reverse their genetic hair loss and other hair loss conditions. You can view many examples of the treatment successes we achieve by browsing the frequently updated collection of Hair Loss Success Stories on our website and blog.

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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.


23rd March, 2013 at 8:26 am


I really like your writing style, wonderful information, thankyou for putting up

8th October, 2016 at 5:47 am


i am having the hair loss through due to heridity because my grand parents and parents having i am at the age of 18 can my hair loss can be stopped or also it can be reversible.

8th November, 2016 at 1:42 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Himanshu, genetic hair loss - known in men as Male Pattern Baldness - can often be stopped and reversed. There are two clinically-proven treatments for men aged 18+ which help to stabilise shedding and promote hair growth. Further hair growth boosters can also be added in where needed. You can find out more on our hair loss treatment page.

14th November, 2016 at 10:50 am

kartikey mishra

hello, my age is 23. i started to masturbate alot since 18 and my hairs started to fall in bunches. i have stopped masturbation since 4 months. my scalp has very few hairs left now. So my Question no. 1. Is over masturbation leads me baldness? Question no. 2 what should i do now in order to grow hair back and is it even possible to grow hair back as i have took homeopaths medicine, vit c tablets, pricy hair oils, et cetra still nothing happened. Question no. 3. I have ADHD and I think too much. Is it ADHD that has made me bald??

14th November, 2016 at 12:36 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Kartikey, No - masturbation does not cause hair loss - this is a common myth. Hair loss is almost always genetic although it can be worsened by certain lifestyle factors. If you are taking medication for your ADHD check the patient information leaflet as some medications cause hair loss as a side effect. There are two clinically-proven male hair loss treatments and these are the only medications shown to demonstrably prevent shedding and help to regrow hair. If you would like to explore treatment we recommend you contact a specialist for a personal consultation to determine your level and pattern of shedding in order to tailor the best possible treatment course to your needs.

15th November, 2016 at 10:32 am

kartikey mishra

hello sarah, i had masturbated twice a day for 5 years and recently i got blood in my semen and now i dont have erection so i gave up this habit. now even my beard hairs dont grow in that pace as it use to so i think their must be some link with hair and sexual activity. Regarding ADHD, i dont take any medication but I Think too much. their is no time when i stop it. and this overthinking gives me stress, fill my head with negative thoughts. but it is impossible for me to stop thinking because of ADHD. this ADHD was responsible to stimulate me towards over masturbation. So what should i do now ??

15th November, 2016 at 10:34 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Kartikey, we advise you to go and see a doctor about your general health as a first port of call.

28th January, 2017 at 3:31 am


I wrote a few comments a bit ago. I suffer from thinning hair myself. My uncle runs a dermatology research unit in the western US. I am sad that you deleted my post. Its true that the only methods for MPB are rogaine and propecia. However, I consulted with them and propecia does indeed help in some cases help you KEEP the hair you do have. But has many sides. Rogaine does grow. My statement wasn't to be confrontational it was just to make people aware there really is no real cure. I wish there was. Unless you got mad money like Tom Brady, you are risking things. I get its a confidence issue with hair I have my own anxiety. I just think people should be upfront. Propecia will not cure hair loss it will in SOME people halt it and Rogaine helps regrow but in some people has sides or doesn't help. I think any serious agency would not suppress this from clients and or the public. There is no cure. Sadly. Thank You.

30th January, 2017 at 10:44 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Justin, we have no records of any comments being submitted from the email address that you have supplied. It seems likely that your comments did not reach us as we can assure you they were not deleted. You are right that there is currently no cure for genetic hair loss, however, there are effective and clinically-proven hair loss treatments. As with any medications there are chances of side effects and these are clearly set out both on our website and are discussed with our patients.

9th February, 2017 at 2:13 pm


Hi. I am a 23 year old man. I used hair wax (BED HEAD For Men by TIGI) in July last year. I was advised by friends to wash it before I sleep. I used it only twice. Once, I washed it before sleeping, and the other time, I delayed washing to four days. Then when I washed my hair I lost hair excessively. It shocked me to see so much hair-loss in my shower. After that, I kept losing hair for the next few months. I thought shaving my head would solve it - I did that twice. But to no avail. The hair loss ceased at one point. Untill this point, I had only been losing hair in an oval pattern on the front and like an army cut on my lower sides. Now the hair loss has returned. I'm losing hair now on the top mainly. What can be the reasons? Is this MPB or caused by the hair wax (in which case is it treatable?) Should I visit a doctor? Thank you.

17th February, 2017 at 12:58 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi, Chez. This full response to your query should be helpful to you.

3rd May, 2017 at 6:25 am


I am just 17, I am suffering from hairloss at this very age... I have lost most of it can you plz tell me how to stop it..medications at this age will be useful?

3rd May, 2017 at 11:54 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Hani, first you need to establish the cause of your hair loss. This is not necessarily male pattern baldness - there are many reasons why people experience excessive shedding or thinning hair so it is important to diagnose your condition. Once this has been done, treatment can be recommended. At 17 you are eligible for minoxidil-based treatment courses and a variety of hair growth boosters and a specialist would recommend a personalised plan based around these following your consultation.

26th June, 2017 at 8:06 pm

kaustubh bhosale

Hi. I am a 23 year old male. From 4-5 years my hairs are getting thinner.i have noticed that my hairs are falling but from last 2-3 years the density is same. Is it possible to regrow fallen hairs and density which was before 5 years.

3rd July, 2017 at 11:53 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Kaustubh, please find a full response to your query on the HairLoss ANSWERS section of our blog.

21st August, 2017 at 1:13 am

Darrius mcguire

Hello I'm a 24 male I noticed that around may I had suffered thinning hair on the top of my hair is not really noticeable but if I brush it back it's thick in the back thin slightly in the middle but thin in the front. I have lost 20 lbs from cardio and changed my diet to lose body fat. I had long hair in march and started my diet change in April till June I noticed my hair was thin after a haircut. Is losing my weight what cause my hair to go into shock or may this be a early sign of MPB?

21st August, 2017 at 11:01 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi, Darrius - please find a full response to your query, here.

22nd August, 2017 at 1:00 pm


Hi Sarah, my hair looked perfectly fine until last month when I started noticing that the hair at the very front of my head have started thinning, I made the mistake of trying a lot of chemical styling products. Last week I saw that everytime I sweat,the entire front portion of my hair, (atleast 10% of it) just falls forward, on noticing closely it looks like there are very few follicles at that circular area. I am freaking out. My mother's side of the family has a long history of hair loss, and my father (52) just discovered that his hair have started receeding too, precisely the place where mine have started. I am just 20, is there no way I can reverse it?

23rd August, 2017 at 10:54 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi MG, you would need a consultation to establish the cause of your hair loss as from what you say above it could be any number of conditions, including male pattern hair loss, traction alopecia, chemical trauma and alopecia areata. Once a specialist has diagnosed you they can also provide further information and tailored hair loss treatment recommendations.

23rd August, 2017 at 11:01 pm


Hi Sarah, I began to notice my hair-fall when I was 23 but that was very less. I am 32 now and since then my crown area had gradually showing scalp but no bald patches. Hair have become thinner. I still have no bald patches but only my hair tends to become thin. I can see my whole crown area filled with lots of hair but the only thing they look like thinner because of which my scalp can be seen in light. In 9 years I had come to this, is there a timeframe before the hair will become so much thin that they will become invisible? Also can these thin hair be made thick again? Thanks,

24th August, 2017 at 11:20 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Ions, this sounds typical of male pattern hair loss. Our Thinning Crown page should provide all the information you need.

5th October, 2017 at 4:43 pm

Mark Anne

I started loosing my hairiness the last 3 to 4 years and am 34 years old. Do you have any branches here in USA that I can visit for consultation and possibly treatment.?

6th October, 2017 at 10:05 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Mark, all you need to do is complete this Online Consultation form and one of our treatment advisors will contact you with a diagnosis, treatment recommendations and advice. We can send our treatments to the USA so no need to visit us! The form allows you to upload photos to help with your diagnosis too. We hope this is helpful.

31st December, 2017 at 10:46 pm

Jacob thomas

Hi, i am a 16 year old that has a high probability of becoming bald due genetics. Due to my father, uncle, grandfather qnd recently my cousins have hairs that are thinning. Even though i have thick hair,i can see that when i was younger i had even thicker and longer hair. Now i see a decrease. I was wondering if this male pattern baldness can be stopped permenently forever? and would i have a chance to grow my hair out really long?

5th January, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Jacob, please find a full response to your query, from one of Belgravia's senior hair loss specialists, here. We hope this is helpful.

16th January, 2018 at 8:23 am


Hi Sarah! I am a 17yr old male. and i have been experiencing hair thinning from random areas on the top. It has made my hair style very irregular. I have thin hair towards the front top of my head the most followed by the middle. On the remaining head i have denser hair comparatively, but the health of my hair has got very poor. They are very dry and lifeless! i have a genetic history of hair fall from my mom's side as she is 40 and her hair are very thin and poor too! whereas his brother(my uncle) has got completely bald at the age of 32! So can i reverse my hair thinning while there is still time? Can i get the health of my hair to be the most optimum as i would like them to be very silky and long so that i can have any hairstyle of my choice ? My lifestyle is good. I gym and eat healthy! I dont have any bad habits like- Masturbation etc. Also i have started to apply coconut oil and i am currently using Indulekha Oil which also claims to treat hairfall effectively. Thanks!

17th January, 2018 at 1:13 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Sanchit, hair oils and a good diet - with a food supplement to help you top up if you like - can help the condition of your hair, but they cannot treat a hair loss condition, such as male pattern baldness. There are clinically-proven medications for male hair loss available although the oral DHT blocker (finasteride) cannot be taken by men under the age of 18. You can find out more on our hair loss treatments page.

6th February, 2018 at 3:12 pm

Eric o

Hey Sarah. I'm 34 and I live in the US. I've been experiencing slight hair thinning in recent months. I'd like to get ahead of any potential hair loss. Are these products a permanent solution or will this be something that I must use long term. Is your products available here in the US and if yes who do a contact? Thanks..

6th February, 2018 at 4:56 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Eric, as male pattern baldness is a permanent condition with no cure as yet, treatment does need to be on-going. We have many clients based in the US! Although we do not have any physical hair loss clinics in America, we are able to offer online consultations and can send our treatments to you in the States. To get started with a free consultation in order to obtain your diagnosis and personalised treatment recommendations based on your medical profile, level and pattern of shedding, all you need to do is complete this form which allows you to upload photos which is always helpful to our specialists. I hope this helps!

9th February, 2018 at 1:09 am

Carol D Rivers

I have flossing my hair for over 10years at the top my head am 47 years old I was told that I have alopecia but nothing works

9th February, 2018 at 1:50 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Carol, losing hair from the top of your head only over a gradual period of time does suggest a diagnosis of androgenetic alopecia (more commonly referred to as male and female pattern baldness). There are treatments available for this and you can find out more about those on our hair loss treatments page. If you would like personalised recommendations, we would advise getting a consultation with one of our specialists. These are free of charge and can take place at one of Belgravia's City of London or Central London hair loss clinics, or online via the consultation form on our website if that is more convenient.

17th March, 2018 at 4:16 pm


Hey i am 17years old i have got an bald spot its an male pattern baldness how can i treat it my one side has completely gone bald are there any solution for this

3rd April, 2018 at 5:08 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Samit, firstly it is highly unusual that a 17 year old would have such severe Male Pattern Baldness that it would cause actual baldness. Secondly, you mention that one side has gone bald - this is also inconsistent with a diagnosis of genetic hair loss. We recommend having a professional consultation with a hair loss specialist who can determine the precise cause of your hair fall as it sounds more likely, based solely on what you say here, that you may be experiencing Alopecia Areata. Once the cause has been established, hair loss solutions can be explored based upon the condition, level and pattern of shedding, as well as your medical suitability. Both Male Pattern Baldness and patchy hair loss from the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata have available treatment options which - as you can see from Belgravia's Success Stories gallery - can be highly effective (though we never guarantee results given everyone responds differently).

10th May, 2018 at 5:07 am


Hi im a male and am 20 years old. My father is not bald but my mothers father was, I am underweight and do take quite a bit of stress, I have noticed that my hair is thinning, the left side of my head has a little bit thinner hair than my right, my head usually also has dandruff and is dry no matter how much I try shampoos, would this be considered male pattern baldness or is it due to stress or health, and if this is genetic is it possible to reverse it and stop it from happening in my lifetime since I have heard there is no cure?

10th May, 2018 at 11:16 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Sherry, first we would recommend having a consultation with a specialist because if you are stressed and underweight there may be other conditions at play - either instead of or as well as genetic hair loss. If you do have male pattern baldness (which can be inherited from either side of the family, not just the men on your mother's side) then although there is no cure, there are clinically-proven men's hair loss treatments available. For dandruff, again this would need to be professionally diagnosed to ensure it is actually dandruff and not another scalp condition which also causes flaking. In cases of dandruff a medicated treatment shampoo is often an effective way to deal with this problem.

21st May, 2018 at 3:17 pm


I'm now at my age of 23. My hair started thinning at my 21. Now it's getting worse like there are no hairs at the top. But at the back and sides I still have strong hairs. Can this be treated?

22nd May, 2018 at 1:01 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Gokul, we cannot diagnose you or give you a prognosis without seeing your scalp. For this information and recommendations, please arrange a consultation at one of Belgravia's City of London or Central London hair loss clinics, or complete our Online Consultation form.

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