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Hair Loss (Alopecia) Tablets & Medications

Hair Loss (Alopecia) Tablets & Medications

Hair loss, or alopecia, is a common problem amongst males, although the first signs of hair loss are common in men in their 30's, it is not uncommon for it to start in earlier. Hair loss can be damaging mentally and cause stress and loss of confidence. Medicines2u provide a range of alopecia treatment that can slow hair loss, and in some cases grow back lost hair.

Hair Loss (Alopecia) Tablets & Medications

Hair loss, or alopecia, is a common problem amongst males, although the first signs of hair loss are common in men in their 30's, it is not uncommon for it to start in earlier. Hair loss can be damaging mentally and cause stress and loss of confidence. Medicines2u provide a range of alopecia treatment that can slow hair loss, and in some cases grow back lost hair.

What is male-pattern baldness?

Male-pattern baldness is an extremely common condition affecting a lot of men; this can start from a young age (late twenties). Most men tend to have some experience in hair loss such as thinning of the hair or a receding hairline. There is a possibility of experiencing complete baldness however this is quite rare. Male pattern baldness tends to begin from the sides near the temple, while simultaneously thinning at the top of the head. A patch may also appear at the crown of the, all these will eventually join to leave the top of the head with no hair.  

 

How does male-pattern baldness occur?

Male pattern baldness tends to be experienced due to over sensitive hair follicles which prevent them from performing their task properly, alongside with an increase in a certain male hormone. The natural process of hair growth is for the hair follicle to grow for about three years, this hair follicle will then shed and a new hair follicle will grow back, the process in some who suffers from male pattern baldness is different to this. The hair follicle when shedding after the three year time period will usually grow back slightly thinner and shorter. Each time the shedding process occurs the hair follicle becomes shorter and weaker, eventually not growing back at all; Alopecia treatment can prevent this process. One of the main causes for this is the male hormone testosterone. An excessive amount of testosterone can lead to a build of dihydrotestosterone, which is the main cause for male pattern baldness. Male pattern baldness is also known to be a hereditary condition which can be passed down be a family member.  

 

Can this affect women?

Although not as common as Male pattern baldness, women can also be affected by some sort of hair thinning or baldness. Researchers believe that hormonal changes in the body can bring about hair loss in women, although it is unclear if a history of hair loss in the family is a factor.  

 

What treatment options are available?

With modern day practises and mediation becoming more advanced there are several procedures which can help with male pattern baldness. Treatment for alopecia can come in different forms, these are:

Medication:  There are two main medications available for male pattern baldness and hair loss. These consist of Finasteride also known as Propecia and minoxidil commonly found in products such as Regaine. Finasteride works by blocking testosterone being converted to dihydrotestosterone, this helps the hair follicles grow back naturally and thicker. Minoxidil is lotion based alopecia treatment which is rubbed on the scalp twice a day and helps maintain your current hair and in some cases grow back some of the hair that has been lost over time.    

Surgery:  There are two main types of surgeries available with male pattern baldness. The first is a hair transplant, where an incision is made, typically on the back of the head, a piece of scalp is then removed, and the hairs from this scalp are then grafted on the section where they are most needed. The second surgery available, which is fairly new is called FUE, where the actual hairs from a high growth area are surgically removed and grafted on the bald area, this does not require any incisions and has a quicker recovery time than a transplant.