Whilst some may associate male pattern hair loss (which is the reason behind 95 per cent of hair loss in men) with a gradual thinning towards a ‘bald spot‘ or a receding hairline that only becomes very noticeable as men reach middle age, hair loss often does not occur in this way.
For instance, androgenic alopecia can onset at any point after puberty in young men, and once it starts, the resulting hair thinning can occur relatively quickly. At Belgravia, we see many patients in their twenties, and even some in their late teens with signs of hair loss. For some of these men, the aim will be to halt and prevent hair loss that may be barely noticeable to others before it progresses, and to regrow the thinning area using a clinically proven hair loss treatment plan.
A 20’s Thing?
However, for some men, hair loss will progress relatively quickly, in some cases worsening noticeably each month. This is naturally very alarming, and the first step is to establish that the hair loss is genetic, as supposed to conditions like telogen effluvium, which can result in sudden shedding but which will tend to grow back without treatment.
Once a hair loss specialist has established that the cause of the shedding is pattern hair loss, a treatment plan should be started as soon as possible in order to halt the rate of loss and potentially regrow thinning areas. There are two clinically proven medications that can help and which have been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA for treating hair loss.
The first of these is finasteride 1mg – often referred to under its original brand name of Propecia though many brands now exist, blocks DHT, the androgen hormone which causes pattern hair loss by miniaturising the hair follicles atop the scalp. Finasteride 1mg is most effective at halting hair loss along the top of the scalp and on the crown area. However, finasteride 1mg is not very effective for treating the hairline, which is where the second medication comes is useful.
Minoxidil, a topical treatment, works by stimulating new hair growth, even in damaged or rapidly balding areas, as long as there is some degree of hair still remaining. As is clear from Belgravia’s large collection of before and during treatment Success Stories photographs, minoxidil can often regrow a significant amount of hair which generally can start to become noticeable in just a few months.
Whilst finasteride comes in a standard 1mg dose for treating and preventing hair loss, there are different formulations of high strength minoxidil available from Belgravia’s in-clinic pharmacies.
Belgravia’s bespoke treatment plans include not only medication, but a variety of hair growth boosters that ensure both existing hair and regrowth is healthy and looking its best. Boosters include the FDA cleared LaserComb and the nutritional supplement Hair Vitalics, which combine to ensure a comprehensive approach.
The Belgravia Centre
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.