Whilst it is certainly true that the chance of us getting hair loss increases with age, Belgravia regularly hears from teenagers of both sexes and their parents who are worried that their hair is beginning to fall out. Sometimes this is temporary hair loss, for instance Telogen Effluvium as a result of stress or illness, but it also may be pattern hair loss.
Temporary hair loss should grow back in a matter of months, but male pattern hair loss or its female equivalent is genetic, and as such cannot be ‘cured’ with medication and will not fix itself. This type of hair loss occurs when hair follicles atop the scalp begin to shrink as a result of androgen DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) and subsequently begin to produce weaker, wispsy ‘baby’ hair that breaks easily.
If left untreated, this type of hair loss can progress until areas of the scalp become bald, at which point it cannot be treated medically. Of course, it’s natural for teenagers to be worried by this information, but depending on certain factors, there may be suitable treatments available to them.
Two For The Boys
To begin with, let’s take a look at what teenage boys can do to treat their hair loss. Sadly, we’re unable to treat boys under the age of 16, and any boy experiencing hair loss aged fifteen and under should visit their GP for further help and information. Male pattern hair loss can appear as an overall thinning of the top of the head, a receding hairline or thinning of the crown (the beginnings of a bald spot) but if the thinning is all over the head or the hair loss is patchy, it may be that something else is to blame.
Boys aged 17 and 18 can, in theory, use the hair loss medication minoxidil. This treatment is one of two medications for hair loss that has been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA (the UK and US medical regulatory bodies) so unlike many alleged hair loss treatments that merely improve the condition of existing hair, it has proven in clinical trials that it can regrow thinning hair.
Whilst the exact reasons why minoxidil works so well are still unclear, however, Belgravia specialists have found topical preparations of high strength minoxidil to be highly effective for treating hair loss. The formulation is applied either once or twice a day, as advised, to the areas of the scalp that are thinning, and in just months regrowth can begin to show.
Teenage boys aged 18 and over can also use finasteride 1mg, the second proven hair loss treatment that Belgravia offers. This oral tablet blocks DHT, which can in most cases halt the rate of hair loss and also potentially allow regrowth to happen. Boys who begin a hair loss treatment programme before the age of 18 can add this medication into their regime from their 18th birthday onward, provided they are deemed suitable.
Here Come The Girls
Finasteride is not suitable for use by girls and women, no matter what the age. However, Belgravia builds hair loss treatment plans around minoxidil for girls aged 16 and over. In girls pattern hair loss generally appears as a thinning all over the top of the scalp. If a girl’s hair loss is all over the scalp, as a diffuse thinning or in patches, it’s unlikely that this is due to pattern hair loss and a visit to the GP should be arranged to establish the reasons behind it.
Belgravia offers free consultations to establish the cause of the hair loss and also to suggest a possible hair loss treatment programme, with no obligation to buy. A bespoke programme would contain at least one of the proven hair loss medications as described above, and potentially a number of hair growth boosters to ensure hair is kept healthy and strong. We prefer to see our patients at least every three months to chart their progress and to discuss any questions.
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.