When it comes down to age, the lower limit for Propecia (finasteride) is very important. No male under the age of 18 should take finasteride 1mg.
Propecia is a DHT blocker, DHT being the androgen hormone that causes pattern hair loss via follicular miniaturisation which presents as increasingly weak, thinning hair – and/or a receding hairline.
Whilst DHT is largely futile after puberty, it is crucial during the periods when the male body is still developing, including playing a key role in the proper formation and development of sex organs. For this reason, finasteride 1mg is unsuitable for men until they have completed puberty, though there are also other medical issues which may make it unlikely for doctors to prescribe this particular treatment. Again, this is something that should be discussed with the person responsible for prescribing the medication beforehand and is why Belgravia hair specialists always request medical profile information, which is updated every 9 to 12 months to ensure it is as relevant and up-to-date as possible.
In terms of an upper age limit, there are no definite restrictions on when you can stop taking Propecia. However, it is wise to be guided by a healthcare or hair loss professional – including regular monitoring whilst taking this medication – and it should be noted that finasteride 1mg 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 using a non-surgical approach.
The Belgravia Centre does not treat men or women over the age of 70.
The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.