Male Pattern Baldness

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What is Male Pattern Baldness?

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

Felix
Felix
2022-03-04
Kevin was very helpful and put my mind at ease with all my questions before my surgery. I’ve visited serval hair transplant clinics and what they said to me just did not sound right and the price they were giving where outrageous and at one point I wanted to leave the hair transplant. However after speaking to Kevin and his team they have regain my confidence and courage to get this done. I would fully recommend Harley Street if anyone who is wanting to get a hair transplant.
Jake
Jake
2022-01-18
I would like to give a huge thank you to Kevin and the rest of the team for a wonderful experience. I am over the moon with the results already and the high level of professionalism the team showed throughout the day of my operation. I felt extremely comfortable and well looked after during my operation. The team were also very happy to answer any questions I had throughout the day and they continue to communicate daily with myself post operation which puts your mind at ease during your healing process! I would highly recommend going through hairtransplantliverpool if you are thinking of having a hair transplant, you will not be disappointed. Many thanks Jake
Louise Roberts
Louise Roberts
2021-11-19
After years of struggling with thinning hair I finally decided a permanent solution was required. Much research found hair transplant Liverpool and I started the consultation process. Kevin was very patient as I explored and questioned options that would fit my situation. We eventually settled on a two stage process with the assurance that they would be able to get a good level of coverage. A short trip to their Bury location and the process began. What an amazing team. Dr Kalra took lots of time designing the hairline and I was fully included in the process as I explained what I wanted and was then guided by his expert knowledge. The first stage was 2000 grafts and that sounded daunting. A bit of prep to prepare the donor area for taking the grafts was done with care as they shaved an area in between the top and bottom of my ponytail so that the graft area would not be seen afterwards as the shaved area grew out. Then the only slight pain as the numbing injections went in. 5 rounds of those but after the 2nd round things were quite numb. Having the grafts taken was not painful but I was aware as each was taken. Then a short break and on to numbing the front area ready for implantation. More injections but soon over and over to Dr Kalra to carefully make the 2000 incisions ready for the grafts to go in to. A short break again for lunch and a drink then on to a 3 hour implant session where the team took great care to place each of the grafts in to their new home. Slight pain towards the end as the numbing wore of on the donor area but a couple of paracetamol later and it was ok. Then before I knew it I was talking to Dr Kalra again about aftercare and receiving my care pack. That evening was a bit sore but easily managed by paracetamol and ibuprofen. I slept propped up in bed with a neck pillow and woke up to tightness in the donor and implant areas but no need for any more pain meds. Ok...it looked red and sore but keeping up with the aftercare helped and at day 5 I washed my hair gently. Now at day 6 and almost all tightness gone. There was a little swelling around my eyes but this passed in two days. A review is planned at 3 months then 2nd session at 6 months. I was extremely well cared for and initial results are looking very good. I will post some pics as everything settles down but I am very pleased so far and so glad I chose and trusted the
iraj ebra
iraj ebra
2020-01-17
I have been for hair transplant consultation with Kevin in Liverpool and I am please by his honest opinion and professional approach and expertise. highly recommended.
Dean Rolstone
Dean Rolstone
2020-01-12
Thoroughly recommend anybody considering having a hair transplant procedure to use Hair Transplant Liverpool based on my excellent experience with them. Had a brilliant consultation with Kevin who talked through the procedure and calmed my fears and nerves about the treatment. Big thanks to Dr. Nayak and his team for the professionalism and care given to me at the surgery and from then on. It's been 5 months since I had the procedure and I couldn't be any happier with the results.

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