Male pattern hair loss, otherwise known as androgenic alopecia, is a common problem for men of all ages. It usually occurs between the ages of 30 and 40 although it can develop in some men before reaching their 20s. Hair usually starts to disappear from the temples and the crown of the head followed by wider hair loss making the scalp become visible.
Many men become sensitive about their hair loss and it can seriously affect their self-esteem. Clinically proven prescriptive treatment was designed to battle this, and can be used to stop hair loss and encourage the regrowth of healthy, thicker hair.
How common is it?
For most men, losing hair is something they will have to deal with as part of the aging process. About 25% of men begin losing hair before they reach their 30s and two thirds before the age of 60. Sometimes men can begin to lose hair in their teens and can reach their early 20s with very little or no hair.
What causes male pattern hair loss?
As men get older, there is a natural thinning of the hair. For some this process is accelerated and may be a cause of concern to them. The best way to remedy this problem is to find out the cause of hair loss and start treatment. A consultation with your doctor can help you to find the exact cause of the condition, and provide help and support in dealing with it. Male pattern baldness can be caused by certain genetic factors. When an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), hair follicles that are very sensitive to DHT shrink to a point where hair growth is halted completely. Differing genetics result in different levels and patterns of hair loss. Some non-biological factors can act as catalysts for male pattern baldness, such as illnesses e.g. cancer, infectious diseases, and even nervous disorders. If the balding is due to hormonal or genetic factors, it can be treated with specific treatments aimed at the issue. It should be emphasized that men with high levels of DHT, do not necessarily have a high level of testosterone in the blood. The balding process is not fast, but is usually gradual as not all hair follicles are affected at the same time.
When should I start using treatment?
Male pattern hair loss treatment can be started at any stage, but it’s best to start treatment as soon as you start to see the symptoms. The sooner you start treatment, the more likely you are to reverse the damage and regrow the lost hair.
To reduce the risk of baldness it is necessary to pay attention to the occurrence of these symptoms in order to initiate preventive action. Hair loss is a process that develops slowly, and due to this feature it is possible to gradually assess and possibly reverse the degree of its progress. Exams such as Trichogramma and Phototrichogram offer a proper diagnosis on baldness. However, it is essential to consider a consultation with a specialist if you think you suffer from male pattern baldness.
What are the symptoms of hair loss?
The symptoms of baldness eventually become increasingly evident in the form of a higher hairline or thinning hair. If the men in your family tend to have this type of hair growth or if previous generations experienced hair loss, you are more likely to suffer from male pattern hair loss. Some men do not experience the same process as the others, and the reasons therefore may be more difficult to identify. Therefore, you should speak to your doctor to find out the exact cause, as an online consultation may not be able to provide the facts you require.
Treatments for hair loss
There are topical and systemic medications available now to cure baldness, but before starting treatment, it is important to emphasize that these hair loss therapies should always be prescribed and monitored by a qualified physician. The results have shown that 75% of subjects following therapy, pharmacology have significant improvements, in terms of halting baldness and regrowth of the hair follicles. Other options include:
Tiny plugs of hair are removed from areas where the hair is continuing to grow and placed on the scalp where the hair has become loose and is shedding. The procedure usually requires multiple transplantation sessions, is expensive and can leave permanent scarring behind.
– Prescription medication
Approved medication which is proven to treat male pattern hair loss can be received on prescription. It works by encouraging the regrowth of hair on the vertex (top of head) and anterior mid-scalp area (middle front of the head). Finasteride the key ingredient, works to inhibit the activity of DHT, the primary cause of male pattern hair loss.
Can I buy prescription hair loss treatments online?
You can buy FDA-approved hair loss treatment here at Meds4All, which is clinically proven to treat male pattern hair loss. For your order to be processed, you will need to complete a free online consultation when you order. This will be checked over by one of our doctors, who can ensure that the medication you order is suitable for your condition. The process takes only a few minutes to complete, after which, your medication can be dispatched for next day delivery (or same day if within London).