Before and After Results With Propecia
Propecia works to stop hair loss and in some cases promotes hair growth in areas that were previously balding. However, Propecia's main benefit is to stop any further hair loss. While this is not an overnight process, all research and patient feedback strongly supports these claims, with 83% of men in clinical trials noticing that hair loss stopped by the time they had used the treatment for two years. More than 66% of men in clinical trials also experienced some hair regrowth.
When using Propecia, the first results will normally start becoming visible after you've used it for between three to six months and the majority of men start experiencing a benefit after the first 12 months of treatment. Treatment with Propecia will have to be continued in order to maintain any results achieved, because as soon as the levels of finasteride decrease in the system, DHT levels will move back up to normal again, causing the process of hair loss to resume.
How do I know I need Propecia?
Male pattern balding is generally characterised by a common pattern of balding on a man's head. Male pattern balding begins with a thinning and receding hairline, which is followed by a loss of hair on the crown of the scalp. The hair line continues to recede, with the hair on the top of the head becoming thinner until the whole top of the head is bald, with hair only present on the back and sides of the head.
If hair falls out in clumps or you notice anything else that doesn't resemble the patterns in the image below, it's unlikely that a treatment such as Propecia will be suitable or effective for your condition. In this case you may require another type of treatment or support.
How Propecia prevents hair loss
Male pattern is a genetic condition passed down from generation to generation. This condition mostly affects men, but a condition known as female pattern baldness can affect women, although treatment tends to be different. Male pattern hair loss happens as a result of the hair follicle's sensitivity to particular hormones or androgens known as DHT.
DHT, a derivative of testosterone that is present in most men, causes hair growth to slow down and hair follicles to become dormant in men who are slightly more susceptible to its effects.
Propecia works to deal with the root cause of hair loss and it contains the active ingredient finasteride. Finasteride inhibits the enzyme involved in creating DHT. In doing this, the same amount of testosterone can no longer be converted into DHT, and the level of DHT in the blood and in the scalp area decreases.
This is likely to stop further hair loss with regular and long-term use and some men may even notice that hair is growing back, but this is all dependent on how soon treatment has been started, and to what extent hair follicles have been affected.