Treatments of male pattern baldness
Male pattern hair loss, commonly referred to as baldness, is an extremely common occurrence among men as they get older. In fact, 50% of men will have begun to lose their hair by the time they reach the age of 50. However, this doesn't mean that hair loss is inevitable. It is possible to control the amount and rate of hair loss by choosing the right treatment. A hormone called dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, which is a bi-product of testosterone, is the main cause of male pattern baldness, the most common variety of hair loss. The hair follicles of men who possess a genetic sensitivity to DHT will shrink to the extent that they are unable to grow hair again.
EuroClinix offers a clinically proven treatment for baldness, called Propecia. When buying Propecia you will be required to take an online consultation. The consultation is free, convenient and completely confidential, and will only be checked by one of our registered doctors. If our doctor feels that you can use this treatment safely, your order will be approved and a prescription issued and sent to our pharmacy. Our pharmacy will dispense and dispatch the treatment to you free of charge, via overnight courier service.
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The symptoms of male pattern baldness
The typical pattern starts at the hairline; it gradually recedes to form an "M" shape and the remaining hair may become finer and shorter. The hair at the crown also begins to thin, and then eventually the top of the hairline meets the thinned crown, leaving a horseshoe pattern of hair around the sides of the head.
Hair loss diagnosis
There are many different types of baldness. For some it can be quite sudden; you could notice a lot of hair falling out when you bath or shower, excessive hair left on your hair brush, or falling out on your clothes, or the appearance of bald patches. Diagnosing hair loss is usually determined by looking at the pattern of hair on the head. Some forms of hair loss could be symptomatic of a more serious disorder, which is why it is advisable to speak to a medical professional and get a full hair loss diagnosis, either in person or by contacting our doctor online.
Types of Alopecia
Alopecia is the medical name given to hair loss from any part of the body. It does not refer to one kind of hair loss, but rather several different types, caused by different factors. Anybody can suffer from alopecia, at any age, regardless of gender.
Some of the different types of alopecia are:
- Diffuse Alopecia
- Alopecia Areata
- Alopecia Totalis
- Alopecia Mucinosa
- Alopecia Effluviem
- Traction Alopecia
- Alopecia Barbae
- Androgenic Alopecia (male pattern baldness)
This kind of hair loss involves the thinning of scalp hair and is more common in older people, particularly women. It can be caused by a number of factors, ranging from poor diet and nutrition to hormonal effects, medications and psychological issues.
This form of hair loss is also often genetic and more common in children or people with immune system problems. It results in temporary bald patches and occurs when people fall ill with autoimmune diseases that cause the body's immune system to attacks its own tissues.
As the name suggests, alopecia totalis is the name given to someone who experiences a complete loss of hair. This form of baldness only occurs on the head. The cause is unclear, but it is believed that either stress or some form of autoimmune disorder could be the reason for this complete hair loss.
Not too much is known about this particular type of hair loss, but it occurs either on the scalp or face, and appears to leave small flat patches without hair. These patches are often covered in scaly patchy skin. The cause is unknown, but a systemic disease may accompany it. You should seek a formal hair loss diagnosis from a doctor if you experience this.
This is only a temporary form of hair loss, and is actually caused by stress or psychological factors. It either involves the hair falling out, or the hair thinning. Stress factors cause the hair follicles to go into a resting phase, so they do not grow new hair.
This is a fairly common form of hair loss, mainly because of the causes: pulling, styling or too much heat (hair drying/flat ironing). The pulling and strain causes the hair follicles to stop developing new hair cells. You should change your styling habits and use good treatment products to stop this kind of hair loss.
Found in men only, alopecia barbae is a branch of alopecia areata and is a temporary but sudden loss of hair in a particular area. In this case, the hair loss occurs on the beard area of a man's face. The causes are unknown, but it is thought that stress and potentially immune deficiency disorders can play a part in causing it. A formal hair loss diagnosis would be recommended if you experience this.
Androgenic Alopecia (Male Pattern Baldness)
If you are between the ages of 25 and 45 and experiencing hair loss on your head, it is likely that you are suffering from androgenic alopecia - also known as male pattern baldness. Women can also suffer from this type of baldness, but it is much more common in men. If it does occur in women, it is usually following the menopause.
Androgenic alopecia, or male pattern baldness, occurs through a hormonal process and, in the majority of cases; genetics plays a role in causing the condition. Both men and women have a certain amount of the hormone testosterone in their bodies. For those with male pattern baldness, the amount of testosterone being converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), by an enzyme 5-alpha reductase, is too high. DHT miniaturises the hair follicles and inhibits hair production. If hair does manage to grow, it is weak and thin.
This genetic condition is generally passed down from the parent and is usually first noticeable by the mid-twenties, but sometimes men can be affected in their teenage years. There are treatments available that can help promote hair growth, as well as prevent it from getting any worse.
Hair Loss Prevention
Hair loss prevention will depend very much on your type of hair loss. Male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) is a condition that is difficult to physically prevent, at least without prescription treatment, although this only tends to be recommended once hair loss has actually started. If you are suffering from male or female pattern baldness and you are finding it particularly worrying, then it's recommended that you speak to your doctor about how you can treat it, with regards to treatment options. You can also speak to your hairdresser for advice on hairstyles that can make you feel more comfortable.
In general, hair loss prevention techniques mainly involve positive lifestyle changes that will improve your overall health. So whether or not your hair loss is genetic, it is important to maintain good scalp health in general.
Hair loss prevention tips
The following hair loss prevention tips may not all be guaranteed to stop or prevent further hair loss, although most can provide an overall health benefit that can have an effect on hair follicles:
Male pattern baldness treatments
Before choosing a hair loss treatment you should speak to a specialist or one of our online doctors to get advice on which method will be most beneficial for your condition. This will help you to avoid spending money and precious time on products that aren't effective. While natural supplements and creams are rich in vitamins, have limited side effects and claim to help restore hair, few of them have any clinical data to back up their claims, unlike clinically proven treatments such as Propecia.
Plastic surgery, transplant, scalp reduction and flap-surgery are alternative male pattern baldness treatments that can offer cosmetic improvements Although they offer immediate satisfaction in terms of improved self-esteem and confidence, they are potentially intrusive, expensive, and will most likely require a repeat procedure as time goes on.
Propecia is an FDA-approved baldness treatment, which is proven to treat male pattern hair loss on the vertex (top of head) and anterior mid-scalp area (middle front of head) in men. Finasteride, an active ingredient of Propecia, can halt male pattern baldness in 99% of men, and generate significant regrowth in 66% of users.
Can I buy male pattern baldness treatment online?
Only men suffering from male pattern baldness should buy Propecia online. When you buy your medication, you will need to fill in an online consultation form. This will be checked over by one of our team of doctors. If they feel that you are safe and suitable for this treatment, they will issue a prescription. Our pharmacy will then dispatch the medication for next day delivery.