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Propecia and Age: What Are The Limits?

propecia age limitsAt Belgravia, we often see patients who are unsure whether or not Propecia is suitable for them. Of course, a consultation with an experienced hair loss specialist is crucial in determining whether or not the individual can take Propecia to treat their hair loss, but as far as age is concerned, the rules are quite simple.

To begin with, it’s important to remember that at the present time, Propecia can only be taken by men. There is some evidence that it can help female hair loss, too, but should it become available for women it would only be suitable for post-menopausal women. This is because Propecia can potentially cause birth defects if the medication is being taken by the mother.

Lower Limit

When it comes down to age, the lower limit for Propecia is very important. No male under the age of 18 should take Propecia (the brand name for 1mg finasteride) to treat male pattern hair loss or any other type of shedding. This is due to the fact that Propecia is a DHT blocker, DHT being the androgen hormone that causes pattern hair loss via follicular miniaturisation atop the scalp, leading to wispy, weak hair being produced.

However, DHT is crucial both for the creation of male characteristics in the womb, and for male puberty, meaning that blocking the androgen before puberty has ended can cause problems. Once puberty has ended, Propecia can be taken by the majority of men, though any medical conditions or other concerns should be discussed with your hair loss specialist before proceeding with treatment.

In terms of an upper age limit, there is no definite restrictions on when you can start (or when you should stop) taking Propecia. However, it should be noted that Propecia can only potentially halt hair loss and regrow healthy hair in follicles that have not completely ceased to produce hair. If areas of the scalp are completely shiny and bald, hair cannot be regrown medically.

A Comprehensive Approach

If you have previously taken Propecia or other hair loss treatments (although it’s worth remembering that only Propecia and minoxidil are licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA to treat hair loss) there is usually no reason why you can’t begin a hair loss treatment plan that contains Propecia.

Propecia works best when used alongside minoxidil, as the two medications are highly complementary. Whilst Propecia comes in a set daily dose, minoxidil is available in a variety of strengths, and a hair loss specialist can recommend your ideal daily dose, which can include our unique extra-strength minoxidil cream for stubborn thinning. The two proven medications are used alongside a number of hair growth boosters to create a bespoke hair loss treatment plan, which ensures that hair is kept in its optimum condition whilst the shedding is treated.

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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. We offer clinically proven treatments for hair loss, as part of comprehensive treatment programmes offered by our hair loss specialists. Our in-house pharmacies produce high-strength medications for hair loss that contain medically proven ingredients and are available at no other clinic worldwide. Treatment programmes are available by visiting the centres or for home-use, 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 hair regrowth that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 0800 077 6666 for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.

1 Comment

17th May, 2013 at 3:41 pm

aziz khan

Hi I'm twenty years of age and my hair is very thin. One can see my scalp quite easily. Can you suggest any treatment?

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