The majority of patients we see at Belgravia are experiencing pattern hair loss. This genetic condition has no cure as such, but there are clinically-proven treatments available which can help halt your hair loss and even regrow thinning hair.
The question often asked by those with a family history of hair loss and are keen to prevent it is: when do you need to begin treating your hair? At what age should you be looking out for a receding hairline or thinning on the crown?
Although it can start any time following puberty in those with the relevant genetic predisposition, here is a handy guide to roughly how likely androgenetic alopecia – Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss – is in each age group for both men and women.
- By the age of 21, 20-25% of men will have noticeable hair loss
- By the age of 35, 40-66% of men will have noticeable hair loss
- By the age of 50, 50-85% of men will have noticeable hair loss
- By the age of 60, 65%+ of men will have noticeable hair loss
- By the age of 80, 80%+ of men will have noticeable hair loss
- By the age of 40-50, 40% of women will have noticeable hair loss
- By the age of 60-80, 80% of women will have noticeable hair loss
Statistics are sourced from the British Association of Dermatologists and the American Hair Loss Association.
How Can I Prevent My Hair Loss Worsening?
Hopefully, the above statistics will bring some comfort to those who are already seeing signs but consider themselves too young to be losing their hair to pattern hair loss.
In men, a receding hairline or thinning crown often signposts the onset of pattern baldness, whereas women usually notice an overall thinning on the top of the scalp. In both men and women, pattern balding can begin any time after puberty, though as the statistics above show, the likelihood of you showing noticeable hair loss increases with age.
The sooner you address your hair loss, the sooner you can be on track to halting the loss, and regrowing the hair using clinically proven medical treatments as part of a personalised hair loss treatment plan.
DHT causes scalp hair follicles located around the top of the head to gradually shrink, producing ever-weaker thinner hair, and, eventually, no hair at all.
Whilst finasteride 1mg is only available for male patients, both women and men can use minoxidil, the only other hair loss medication licensed by the UK’s and approved by the US’s medical regulatory bodies, the MHRA and the FDA respectively.
Scientists are unsure of the exact reason why minoxidil helps regrow hair in areas affected by hair loss – it may be linked to the fact that it activates potassium channels in the scalp – but the fact is that it can make a real difference to both men and women being treated for hair loss.
As we mentioned, female hair loss cannot be treated with finasteride, but there are a range of high-strength minoxidil products available which can be used alone or as part of a recommended treatment programme alongside appropriate supplementary hair growth supporting products.
What Else Can I Do To Help My Hair?
The Belgravia Centre offers a comprehensive service which combines clinically proven medications with additional therapies, hair growth devices and nutritional supplements designed to maximise the hair’s health and condition.
These include the FDA-cleared LaserComb, which employs easy-to-use low level laser technology (LLLT) to promote hair growth, plays a part in many treatment plans, and can be used at home.
Additionally, Belgravia’s specially formulated nutritional food supplement Hair Vitalics contains a highly-targeted blend of key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts, including biotin, zinc and selenium to support the normal function of healthy hair growth. Hair growth supporting products will not treat hair loss by themselves but Belgravia clients nearly always notice a positive difference when they incorporate the various components into their treatment routine.
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.