What is Baldness and How You Can Treat It

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Did you know that over half of men over the age of 50 will suffer baldness to some extent, and this expands to cover most men during their life time? This is quite a staggering statistic.

While some men do not mind going bald, and wish to have no treatment, others are more willing to try different treatments to either prevent further hair loss or hair regrowth.

What is male pattern baldness?

There are many different types of baldness that men suffer from, and the most common is called pattern baldness or ‘androgentic alopecia’. For some men it can take anything between 15 to 25 years to go bald, however for some unlucky men it can take fewer than five.

You may start to notice baldness around the sides of the head, around the temple, and the hair becoming thinner on top. This is usually a good indicator that you are developing male pattern boldness.

It is a gradual process, which can be treated, so it is important that you can make a decision early on about the course of action, if any, that you would want to take.

Who gets male pattern baldness?

By the time men hit their 60s, most men show signs that they are becoming bald. The time varies significantly from person to person. If you are one of the three in ten 30 years olds that suffer from the signs of baldness then you may have more reason to seek out treatment a little quicker.

Older men tend to be more withdrawn to becoming bald, whilst those in their 30s find it more difficult to accept that this is happening.

What are the treatment options for male pattern baldness?

There are various treatments available that can slow down baldness and even start hair regrowth. The sooner the treatment is started the better the chance of success.

Medication

There are two types of medication available, neither of which are available through the NHS. These medications are finasteride and minoxidil.

Finasteride works by blocking the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, which enables the hair follicles to enlarge back to a normal size. For men who use this medicine, 2 in 3 see some hair regrowth, whilst the other 1 in 3 have no hair regrowth.

Minoxidil is a lotion that you rub on to your scalp and remaining hairline. This is not as affective as the Finasteride as most men only see a slow down in baldness, compared to hair regrowth.

Laser Comb

This is a new player to the hair loss/regrowth marketplace. The comb works by emitting a pulse of lasers to the scalp that promotes the regrowth of hair. It reactivates the dormant hair follicles to help the hair regrow. It claims to be the world’s best laser combs that can help men achieve hair regrowth in a very short period of time.

Whatever route you want to go down, whether it is medicine, laser comb, or no treatment at all, the most important thing is that you are happy and healthy.