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Men's hair loss, also known as male pattern baldness, is usually characterized by a receding hairline, hair thinning or falling out from the crown or both. It is also known as androgenetic alopecia and is accountable for more than 95% of hair loss in men. You can slow and reverse male pattern baldness safely by using hair loss treatment.
It is estimated that around 6.5 million men in the UK suffer with baldness. It is thought that 40% of men will experience noticeable baldness by the age of 35, with this figure increasing to 50% by the time they reach 50 and 65% by the age of 60. Some men are affected at an earlier age than others, experiencing signs of baldness in their late teens or early twenties, whilst others are affected later in life.
Male pattern baldness takes place as the hair follicles (tiny sacs from which hair grows), shrink over time. This results in hair getting shorter and thinner. Each follicle can produce on average 2-5 units of hair. After a while, the follicle stops producing new hair, causing baldness. Despite not growing new hair, the follicles remain alive, advocating that there is still a possibility to grow new hair.
One of the main reasons for this process, is your genetics. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a by-product of the hormone testosterone. In males, it is responsible for stimulating the development of male characteristics such as genitals, deeper voice, increased muscle mass, bodily and pubic hair. If you are genetically more vulnerable to hair loss, DHT attaches to receptors in your hair follicles. This causes them to diminish in size to a point where they will not produce anymore hair.
Whilst in most cases, men’s hair loss is genetic, there are other factors that may contribute to male pattern baldness:
Whilst there is no cure for balding, it can most certainly be managed with safe, effective, and proven hair loss treatments. Hair loss treatments have been in use for several years and their popularity is increasing.
Finasteride also known by its brand name Propecia, is the most effective treatment for male pattern baldness. Finasteride works by blocking DHT (the hormone responsible for damaging hair follicles and causing baldness), reducing its levels in the body. This protects the hair follicles responsible for hair growth. This treatment has been shown to stop and reverse balding. Finasteride is available as a generic (unbranded) version which is cheaper that its branded counterpart, Propecia. They both contain the same active ingredient (Finasteride) and both work in the same way.
Minoxidil is the active ingredient contained in a product called Regaine. It is used to stimulate hair growth. Unlike Finasteride, Minoxidil (Regaine), is available as a lotion, liquid or foam, can be used by both men and women and does not require a prescription. The mechanism of action of Minoxidil is unknown, however it is thought to work by widening the blood vessels around the hair follicles, causing them to increase in size, stimulating and prolonging hair growth.
The average head has around 100,00 to 150,000 hairs and loses up to an average of 100 hairs a day. A few stray hairs on your pillow or hairbrush are not necessarily a cause for concern, as it is part of the body's natural process. If you feel that your hairline is receding and you are experiencing hair loss or hair thinning around the crown of your head, it may be worth your while looking into hair loss treatment.
Inherited male pattern baldness is nothing to worry about. Hair loss treatment has been and is currently being used by many men, who find the treatment to be effective for them.
It is important however, to see a doctor if your hair loss is does not gradually follow a pattern of a receding hairline accompanied or followed by thinning and hair loss on the crown, or if you experience:
Hair loss which is characterised by any of the above can be indicative of an underlying health condition and your doctor may need to carry out an assessment. However, this is unlikely and over 95% of hair loss in men can be attributed to genetic male pattern baldness.
You can order Finasteride or Propecia using our online service. Both treatments contain the same active ingredient. This means that they both work in the same way and are as effective as each other. You will need to complete a short online questionnaire to ensure that treatment is safe for you to take. If your order is approved, we will dispatch your hair loss treatment using a next day delivery service in plain and discreet packaging.