In our modern world, physical appearance weighs heavily. Hair loss produces a profound psychological impact on many individuals that may affect success in the workplace and in personal relationships.
More than 95% of hair thinning in men is male pattern hair loss (also known as androgenic alopecia). Male pattern hair loss is characterized by hair receding from the lateral sides of the forehead (known as a "receding hairline") and/or a thinning crown (balding to the area known as the ‘vertex’). Both become more pronounced until they eventually meet, leaving a horseshoe-shaped ring of hair around the back of the head.
There are name different treatments for hair loss in men including:
Medical Solutions - Minoxidil, Propecia & Dutasteride (Avodart) are the main medical solutions available recommended by hair loss professionals
Surgical Solutions - Strip Harvesting Technique & Follicular Unit Extraction are both available as medical solutions although FUE is the preferred type as it is minimally invasive and has a quicker heal time.
The causes of male patterned baldness are varied but can include: stress, medications, disease - it very much depends on you and your specific circumstances.
Before any treatments, you will meet with one of our hair loss experts to explore the best option for you. Treatment may not be the right answer: dietary changes, medication or supplements may be a better course of action. Some treatments are considered below.
Propecia is one of the medically proven products, licensed by the UK medical regulatory body the MHRA, and approved by its US counterpart the FDA. The product is classed as a ’5-alpha reductase inhibitor’, which means that it prevents the formation of DHT. DHT has no major uses in the body of a developed man but but does help to prevent hair loss and re-grow hair.
Medroxyprogesterone (MPG), Azelaic Acid (AA) and/or caffeine can be found in varius formulations of minoxidil (see next paragraph for information on minoxidil). These ‘hair growth boosters’ are added with the aim of contributing to the blockage of DHT locally around the hair follicles. Although MPG, AA or caffeine are not advised as individual hair loss treatments and are not clinically proven for hair loss, they are added to assist in contributing to the complete blockage of DHT for those who use Propecia, or helping to block DHT for those who don’t.
Minoxidil was the first hair loss treatment proven to reverse genetic male (and female) hair loss and to be licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA. Many Pharmacies produce bespoke formulations of minoxidil in 4%, 5% or 8% solutions with MPG, Azelaic Acid and/or caffeine, or as an extra-strength minoxidil cream wit azelaic acid. These high-strength minoxidil liquids and creams are exclusively produced by some in-house pharmacies. You can find more information on our minoxidil formulations and their ingredients by clicking on the links within this paragraph.
Minoxidil increases the blood supply to the areas that it is applied, which increases the nutrients delivered to the hair follicles and prevents shrinkage of the follicles, resulting in prevention of hair loss and re-growth of the hair in many cases. Minoxidil acts by opening up potassium channels, which has been found to prevent male and female hair loss. Hair specialists have found through experience that Propecia and minoxidil complement each other superbly, and used together are the best known hair loss treatment basis to combat male pattern baldness.
"I have attached some photos for your perusal and considering we are only 2 weeks post treatment I am delighted with the results. Hardly any hairs have fallen out yet and even if they do assuming the hairline regrows as is I will continue to be absolutely delighted. I will continue to document my recovery and progress and will call next week to arrange a follow up"Liam in UK
"Dear Dr Reddy, It's 1 year since my hair transplant and I just wanted to share a picture of my wedding from a week ago. I just cannot describe how thrilled I am with the outcome of the procedure. Please convey my regards to Marta and Shiva."Hairloss Patient in UK