Male hair loss can begin at any age, whether youíre 20 or in your 50s. In fact, a survey by the NHS revealed that a quarter of men start losing their hair before they reach their 30th birthday.
Many men arenít happy about going bald; it can impact negatively on their confidence and self esteem and as a result, many men seek out ways to prevent or treat male pattern baldness. Propecia is one such way that can pause hair loss and even encourage hair regrowth naturally.
What is male hair loss?
Male pattern baldness is the most common form of hair loss. With this condition the hair loosens on the scalp and eventually falls out. Itís easy to see if youíre suffering from male pattern baldness, because there is a specific pattern to the way in which your hair falls out. It starts to thin at the crown and at the temples, until the bald patch meets in the middle and creates a horseshoe shape.
What are the causes of hair loss?
Itís widely believed by many experts that male pattern baldness is caused by genetics, though itís really hard to find the exact cause of baldness. It is thought that hair follicles can be genetically more sensitive to an androgen called dihydrotestosterone, or DHT for short. This androgen shrinks hair follicles to such an extent that they are too small to replace lost hairs. The hair follicles havenít died, but they canít grow properly.
Other factors can cause hair loss, ranging from ageing, hormonal imbalances and illness or infectious diseases; to toxic substances and injury or impairment.
Treatments for male pattern baldness
There are three different ways to treat male hair loss:
Over the counter treatments
You can buy a range of natural supplements and creams over the counter. They claim to restore hair growth, but few have clinical data to support that.
The exception is Regaine. Itís a topical lotion that needs to be applied to the scalp twice a day to combat male pattern baldness. It slows hair loss and encourages hair to re-grow, but can be a pain to apply twice-a-day. This is only effective for genetic hair loss, and not male pattern baldness caused by other factors.
There are three main procedures which can cure male baldness, but they are expensive, invasive and may need to be repeated at a later date.
The most common procedures include hair transplants, which take hair from the back of your head and move it to the front of your scalp; scalp reduction, which can reduce a bald patch by removing a piece of scalp and stretching the area of thicker hair over it; or flap surgery, which stretches healthy scalp over a small area affected by male pattern baldness.
The first and only approved prescription male pattern baldness medication is called Propecia. Itís a daily medication used to treat baldness on the top or middle front of the head. It works by preventing the activity of DHT which shrinks hair follicles.
Clinical tests showed that 99% of men who took Propecia experienced no further hair loss. Two-thirds of people experienced significant hair regrowth when using it.
How can I tell which hair loss treatment would be best?
It depends on the type of hair loss you are experiencing because certain medications are only effective on certain types of baldness. You can use our online guide to find out which stage of baldness applies to you. Please include this information when you complete a consultation with one of our registered doctors, because it will help them to prescribe the most effective hair loss treatment for you.
Can I buy prescription hair loss treatments online?
If you suffer from male-pattern baldness you can buy medication online from HealthExpress.eu. First you must complete a consultation which will be reviewed by a doctor, who will prescribe you a suitable treatment that is safe for you to use. Our consultation is completely free, confidential and free from obligation to purchase the medication once your consultation is complete.