Male Pattern Baldness

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What is Male Pattern Baldness?

Male Pattern Baldness or androgenetic alopecia is the main reason men experience their hair falling out. It is an inherited condition that gradually affects most of the male population by the age of fifty. More specifically, a small percentage of men have thinning hair by the age of 21 and by 35, 75% of all men develop hair loss to some extent.

Male Pattern Baldness is an inherited condition related to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a product of testosterone, which is a male sex hormone. As men grow older, the hair follicles on certain parts of their head, which are more sensitive to DHT, begin to shrink. The result is thinner hair or the disappearance of hair in those areas.

Despite the fact that male pattern baldness is a condition that naturally occurs to most men and does not affect in any other way men’s bodies physically, it may negatively affect their self-esteem and therefore cause stress and depression.

Treatments Available

Thankfully, in the past decade science has found ways to treat the condition or at least delay it. Hair restoration can be achieved with varying success with the use of drugs (Finasteride, Minoxidil) and with Ηair Implants. These treatments deal with male pattern baldness in completely different ways. Therefore, if you are seeking treatment, you should be fully aware of what each of them can do for you and what the benefits and drawbacks for each are.

Finasteride, is a pill that lowers the amount of DHT on the scalp, if taken every day. The extent to which it affects men varies. In the majority of men, it stops hair loss and about 60% experience increase of hair growth. However, it causes sexual dysfunction in a large percentage of the men tacking it, but that tends to disappear when they stop using the drug. This also means a relapse in hair loss however, so it is not a permanent solution.

A less aggressive hair loss treatment for men is Minoxidil. It is a solution applied directly to the scalp which slows the progression of hair falling out. Minoxidil does not affect DHT, which is responsible for hair loss and therefore its results are not permanent.

It does however have some unpleasant side-effects. These include can be as mild as scalp itching, flaking and irritation to more severe such as weight gain, rapid heartbeat, chest pain and light-headedness.

Hair Transplant Methods

A more drastic way to achieve hair restoration is with the use of hair implants. These implants are usually plugs of hair from areas where hair continues to grow (usually called the “donor area” found round the side of the head), transplanted to areas affected by male pattern baldness. This treatment is more expensive than the aforementioned drugs.

Negative side effects depend on the type of treatment, (FUT, FUE, DHI) however we recommend the FUE procedure because it is the most successful and the results are found to be both permanent and aesthetically pleasing.

Another type of hair implants are those made of artificial fibers, but doctors don’t recommend them as much as transplants because the rate of infection is higher. Nevertheless, some men prefer them because they are cheaper.

Finally, suturing hair pieces to balding areas is not recommended by doctors, because it offers no real solution to the problem and, furthermore, irritates the skin and in severe cases causes scars and infections.

We generally advise that a consultation with a doctor is best if you are looking at going down the path of taking hair loss drugs that are mentioned above. If you would like a FREE consultation with a specialist in the hair transplant procedure, simply click on the button and fill out the form provided.

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

Samantha Mccallum
Samantha Mccallum
25 June 2024
My experience with Harley Street Hair Transplant has been fantastic straight from my first communication on 27/04/24 which was about my eyebrow hair transplant with the amazingly lovely Sara (Lead Patient Advisor). Was only 3 days later my free consultation via video call with the amazing Doctor Mohammed Ditta. Dr Ditta has a great energy and shows his compassion and confidence on helping me to get the confidence back from total eyebrow hair loss, which I never deemed possible. He was very informative of the procedure that was being held in Manchester clinic and putting me at ease by answering all my questions. So as of 20/06/24 I am now on day 5 post op and it has been a journey. Sara has been with me every step of the way answering all questions, checking in on me regularly and supporting me through this process. Day of procedure was so settling that I didn’t have time to be over thinking. The very cheerful warm welcoming lady at the front of house on entry to then being greeted by harley street hair transplant director Yannis who is great, he was funny, welcoming and just so caring, being supportive throughout the whole procedure popping in checking on me and even helping me exit building after procedure which to me is a company of kindness. Dr Ditta in person was fantastic with warm energy and patience he explained everything in detail ensuring my comfort throughout the procedure and his two lovely girls on his team were amazing. He ensured I had an understanding of the after care process to ensure best results and ensuring support from the company if anything is needed. Still having regular communication ensuring my recovery is still going well, which is it!! Confident in my eyebrow hair transplant journey!
G fitmarp
G fitmarp
24 June 2024
Great clinic with friendly and experienced team. I wanted my surgery done in the UK and found the clinic on Google. Process started with virtual consultations with patient advisor and then with the surgeon. FULL costs were given up front, with good finance options available. On the day I designed a new hairline with the surgeon and ended up getting about 1600 grafts iirc, which was good value for money. Clear pre- and post-op instructions given and recovery has gone as expected. Now waiting patiently for regrowth :)
Julie Burhnam
Julie Burhnam
12 June 2024
If anyone is thinking big having this procedure done I would highly recommend it to be done here. I’m so excited to see the new hair growth starting and it’s only 3 mths since the procedure. The surgeon was absolutely first class and the after care is amazing. Regular check ups and in between checks you can pick the phone up and speak to them even if it’s just for reassurance.
anthony page
anthony page
10 June 2024
I visited the clinic near Manchester a little over a month ago and have been very happy with the service to date. It's too early to see the results yet but I am pretty optimistic as it all went to plan. The engagement before, during and after was faultless. Quick responses to any queries and good after care/follow up. The day itself, as expected, is quite long and be prepared for possible swelling after. The first few days after it were a little rough, but that was explained to me before hand. That said, i was up and out and about by day 3 and worked from home OK throughout all of it. The surgery itself went well and I was very impressed with Dr Tetiana and her team, they helped a long day go as best as can be expected, worked hard and were good company throughout. Sara has also followed up regularly since. Very happy to recommend and good luck!
patrick boyd
patrick boyd
13 April 2024
Very happy with the process so far. With a busy schedule I wasn’t too sure about taking 2 weeks of work but we managed to get the procedure booked within a month or so of my initial consultation so I was able to plan around it all easily. The team were very helpful in assessing my aims and suitability for the procedure and answered all my questions and concerns. They also offered the use of a facility in Manchester which I preferred so I wouldn’t have to use public transport post procedure. The procedure itself was a little uncomfortable at the start but I understand this is completely normal until the numbing kicks in. Both Dr Ditta and the two technicians were very experienced and comforting during the procedure. They handled my complications easily and I knew I was in safe hands. I had initially been looking at 1900 grafts but when we sat down to design my hairline more grafts were needed and I had a healthy donor area so we upped it to 2500 grafts at no additional cost. Currently on day 12 post procedure but the scabs came off on day 10 ahead of schedule, my aftercare routine was explained clearly and I was given everything I needed. My advice to anyone considering a transplant is that the procedure itself and the day after are a little rough but worth it. It’s definitely a big factor knowing your surgeon is experienced and you’re in good hands. I’ve recommended the team to friends of mine who are considering the procedure and would encourage people to use the team at the Harley Street Hair Transplant Clinics.
Sav fandi
Sav fandi
12 March 2024
I was a bit nervous before the procedure but it was a very comfortable environment there. I was well taken care of and the results now are incredible! Many thanks to the team!
James D
James D
18 February 2024
Would highly recommend. Everyone I had the pleasure of dealing with was so friendly and helpful. I had help with travel and accommodation and i was so well looked after before, during and after the procedure. I'm very thankful and now just waiting for the results.
WatchTheHorison
WatchTheHorison
30 August 2023
Welcoming staff. Nurse and doctor was lovely. No issues parking and coffee while you wait.
Mazza Ellerton
Mazza Ellerton
23 August 2023
Great experience. Made to feel really comfortable throughout the whole day and would highly recommend
Tom Francis
Tom Francis
23 August 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.

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