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Hair loss

Hair loss is a common condition that affects men and it is often referred to androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness. Male pattern baldness can start at any age, beginning in the teens, twenties or thirties, resulting in most of a man’s hair being lost by the mid-40s or 50s. A survey by the NHS in the United Kingdom suggests that 25% of men being to lose their hair before they are 30 years of age. Hair loss is a widespread condition but the effect can cause a great deal of anxiety in many men.

The good news for men that suffer from male pattern baldness is that there are prescription treatments available to control the hair loss and encourage fresh new growth of hair naturally. PrivateDoc’s doctors can prescribe Propecia for men concerned about hair loss following a successful online consultation. Propecia is a prescription only medication that has few side effects and is a very easy medication that is proven to alleviate hair loss in 99% of tests with over two thirds of men experiencing hair regrowth.

The definition of male hair loss

Male pattern baldness is a consequence of a hereditary genetic sensitivity to the natural hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). All men produce the hormone dihydrotestosterone, but for some men it can affect the follicles on the scalp that grow hair. Dihydrotestosterone shrinks the hair follicles to the point that they are unable to grow hair. The follicles do not disappear, the just lose the ability to grow and sustain hair.

Male pattern baldness generally starts at the temples and crown and spreads across the scalp meeting in a horseshoe shape.

When is treatment appropriate for Hair Loss?

The good news is that it is never too early to commence treatment for hair loss and it can be very effective in the early stages of hair loss, helping patients achieve complete regrowth of lost hair. For men that commence treatment sometime after hair loss starts the outlook is also positive with the rate of hair loss greatly reduced, even encouraging new hair to grow. The Hamilton Norwood scale provides a convenient means to classify the extent of a man’s condition.
The Norwood Hamilton classification of Male Pattern Baldness

Hair loss treatment is a viable option through all the stages to stage 5 of hair loss.

What are my hair loss treatment options?

There are a number of treatment options available to men that are suffering from Male Pattern baldness, including supplements, prescription only medication and surgery.

Of the many supplements and creams that are available without prescription, which help restore lost hair, few of them have any clinical test data to back up their claims. The exception to this is Minoxidil lotion commonly known as Regaine. This lotion must be applied twice per day and is effective at slowing down hair loss and in regrowing hair. Results are usually seen in a few months.

Propecia is a prescription only medication that is clinically proven to combat hair loss and encourages the regrowth of lost hair. The active ingredient Finasteride inhibits the activity of DHT on the follicles of the scalp, slowing down or halting hair loss.

Surgical treatment is the most extreme solution to male pattern baldness. This involves taking hair from the back of the head and moving this to the front of the scalp. Scalp reduction can also be used to remove a small bald patch and stretching the remaining scalp over it. As well as being expensive and invasive, these surgical treatments often need to be repeated for results over the long term.

Take Control of your hair loss now

PrivateDoc doctor's may be able to prescribe you Propecia finasteride following a successful online consultation. Propecia is the most effective treatment available for the condition with clinical studies showing results for 9 out of 10 patients.

Propecia's active ingredient is finasteride and this blocks DHT, stopping hair loss and encouraging regrowth.

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