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Is There Any Effective Treatment for Male Pattern Hair Loss?

Male pattern baldness is a very common condition. Although it isn’t harmful, it can have a significant impact on your confidence and the way you are perceived by others, so many men decide to seek treatment. As soon as you start looking, you’ll find all kinds of “miracle cures” being advertised to you, but it’s important to treat these with suspicion. Male pattern hair loss can often be treated effectively, but to get a safe and reliable treatment you will need to see a dermatologist.
 
 
 

What is Male Pattern Hair Loss?

Most men (and women) will experience some hair loss as they grow older. However, about half of all men will experience more severe and noticeable hair loss. It usually happens around the temples and on top of the head, in a characteristic pattern. Male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia affects about 50% of men by the age of 50.

How Effective is Treatment for Male Pattern Hair Loss?

Unfortunately, we don’t yet have a cure for male pattern baldness. We can’t prevent you from developing it or stop the hair loss for everyone. However, there are several treatment options that have proven effective for many men. Although none of them is 100% effective, they can have a visible effect on your hair loss. With the support of an experienced dermatologist, there is a good chance that you will be able to find a treatment that reduce hair loss or even encourages more hair to grow.

Treatment Options for Male Pattern Hair Loss

  • Medication: Two medications are often recommended for male pattern baldness in the UK. Both finasteride and minoxidil can help by preventing further hair loss, but they won’t work for everyone. The only way to find out if they’ll be effective for you is to give them a try.

  • Diet: Improving your diet or taking nutritional supplements can make a difference for some men. Ensuring that you’re getting the right nutrients will help to keep your hair as healthy as possible, but it won’t be enough to tackle male pattern baldness by itself.

  • Surgery: Hair transplants can be an option if other treatments haven’t helped. Modern techniques can produce very realistic results, especially if you have healthy hair follicles on part of your scalp. These can be individually transplanted into the bald areas.
The treatments that we have are always being improved and scientists are developing new methods too. If you’re experiencing male pattern baldness there is a lot that we can do to help. If you’re worried about your hair, then you should consult a dermatologist right away. The sooner we start acting, the more we can do to preserve your hair.

 

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