Male Pattern Baldness

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What is Male Pattern Baldness?

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Male Pattern Baldness, scientifically termed androgenetic alopecia, stands as the predominant etiological factor for male hair loss. This hereditary condition exhibits a gradual onset, affecting the majority of the male population by the age of fifty. Notably, a subset of individuals experiences the manifestation of thinning hair as early as 21, and by the age of 35, approximately 75% of all males undergo some degree of alopecia.

The underpinning mechanism of Male Pattern Baldness is associated with dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a metabolite derived from testosterone, the principal male sex hormone. Advancing age prompts a reduction in the size of hair follicles in specific regions of the scalp, particularly those susceptible to the influence of DHT. This phenomenon results in diminished hair thickness or complete alopecia in the affected areas.

While Male Pattern Baldness is inherently a natural process devoid of discernible physiological consequences, its psychological impact is noteworthy. The condition, despite lacking direct implications on other bodily functions, can precipitate a decline in self-esteem, potentially contributing to heightened levels of stress and depression in affected individuals.

Treatments Available

Fortunately, advancements in scientific research over the preceding decade have yielded significant progress in the treatment and, to some extent, the postponement of hair loss. Pharmacological interventions, such as Finasteride and Minoxidil, as well as Hair Implants, represent contemporary avenues for hair restoration. These modalities operate through distinct mechanisms to address the complexities of male pattern baldness. Consequently, an informed comprehension of each method, inclusive of their respective merits and demerits, is imperative for individuals contemplating treatment.

Finasteride, administered in the form of a daily oral pill, exerts its therapeutic effect by diminishing the levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) on the scalp. The efficacy of Finasteride exhibits interindividual variability, with the majority experiencing a cessation of hair loss, and approximately 60% observing augmented hair growth. However, a noteworthy fraction of men utilizing Finasteride may encounter sexual dysfunction, although this often remits upon discontinuation. Importantly, discontinuing the medication may precipitate a relapse of hair loss, rendering Finasteride a non-permanent solution.

Conversely, a more conservative approach to treating male hair loss involves Minoxidil, a topical solution applied directly to the scalp. Despite lacking an impact on DHT, the hormone implicated in hair loss, Minoxidil’s effects are not enduring, primarily serving to decelerate the progression of hair shedding.

Nevertheless, Minoxidil is not devoid of side effects, ranging from mild scalp itching, flaking, and irritation to more pronounced complications such as weight gain, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, and light-headedness.

Hair Transplant Methods

A more radical approach to achieve hair restoration involves the utilization of hair implants. Typically, these implants comprise hair plugs harvested from persistently growing regions, commonly denoted as the “donor area,” situated around the lateral aspects of the head. Subsequently, these plugs are transplanted into regions affected by male pattern baldness. It is noteworthy that this treatment option incurs a higher cost compared to the pharmacological alternatives previously discussed.

The adverse effects associated with this procedure are contingent upon the specific technique employed, such as Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), or Direct Hair Implantation (DHI). However, we advocate for the FUE procedure owing to its superior success rate, characterized by permanent and aesthetically pleasing outcomes.

There also exists the option of employing hair implants composed of artificial fibers, although medical professionals typically discourage their usage in favor of natural transplants due to an elevated risk of infection. Despite this caution, some individuals may opt for artificial implants due to their comparatively lower cost.

The practice of suturing hairpieces onto balding areas is discouraged by medical practitioners, as it provides no substantive resolution to the issue and may provoke skin irritation, potentially resulting in scars and infections in severe instances.

For those contemplating the use of aforementioned hair loss medications, seeking guidance from a healthcare professional is generally advisable. If you are interested in a free consultation with a specialist in the field of hair transplant procedures, simply click the provided button and complete the accompanying form.

Patient Testimonials

Aside from achieving fantastic results, we believe that keeping in touch with our patients before, during and after their hair transplantation procedure is paramount – it helps to keep our patients feeling calm and in control. We’re always on hand to provide guidance, support and aftercare advice. Time and again, our patients tell us that this is what sets us apart from other clinics.

You can read our great reviews of FUE hair transplants over on Google and TrustPilot

WatchTheHorison
WatchTheHorison
30/08/2023
Welcoming staff. Nurse and doctor was lovely. No issues parking and coffee while you wait.
Mazza Ellerton
Mazza Ellerton
23/08/2023
Great experience. Made to feel really comfortable throughout the whole day and would highly recommend
Tom Francis
Tom Francis
23/08/2023
If you are thinking about it - go for it! Looked after, day went smoothly and worth it - let’s wait and see for the progress.
Louis Robson
Louis Robson
08/06/2023
Great service and advice would dr Mumir was brilliant and full of great advice
John P Ronan
John P Ronan
30/03/2022
Very few can deliver a professional service whilst ensuring that all clients receive first -class personalised treatment, turning what can be a daunting experience into something of relative ease. Both Kevin, Dr Karla, and their surgical team certainly did this (and then some!) Once my mind was made up to have hair loss treatment, I was keen to get my transplant done asap. Kevin exceeded all my expectations with this - it’s hard to believe that my journey from first consultation to surgery happened in the space of one month. Efficiency did not stop there - on the day of surgery, my transplant was completed in less than 6 hours, all the while ensuring that I was comfortable and pain-free. Security is the best word that comes to mind to describe Dr Karla’s care -you know you’re in experienced hands! Now I can look forward to the results over the next few months, with the added peace of mind that the Harley Street Clinic team are only a phone call or email away to address any concerns. They will be the first name I will recommend to anyone looking for effective hair loss treatment, and I hope to make use of their service again in the future should I need it.
Matty B
Matty B
01/03/2022
I got a hair transplant and PRP for my hair. Im 19 years old and it’s the best decision I made so far. Manchester hair transplant clinic have been amazing. They were brilliant at welcoming me into getting a hair transplant and amazing at doing the job right. I will defiantly be going to them later on in my life if/when another is needed due to my age. I would highly recommend their service to anyone interested 😊
Bharat Bapodra
Bharat Bapodra
10/02/2022
I was quite scared before going into surgery, but Dr kalra reassured me the procedures were straight forward and easy going. And he was amazing and so were the team. Everyone was polite and professional and I will recommend this team to anybody else 🙂
Rhys Jones
Rhys Jones
24/01/2022
Great experience, Kevin walked me through every step of the process beforehand and helped with any questions I had along the way. Dr. Kalra and the team looked after me on the day which went great. Thanks guys for your help, amazing experience.
Martin Nikolli
Martin Nikolli
21/01/2022
Was good job from Dr Kalra and the staff were very nice This experience was better than i was thinking about hair transplant And thanks to Kevin 👍

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