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

Kaiden Nolan
Kaiden Nolan
18/04/2022
After 6 months most of my hair has fully grown back. With finasteride and minoxidil and the professionalism of this company I couldn’t of asked for a better job. Thanks again guys!
Don Graham
Don Graham
03/01/2022
Wow! Dr. Kalra is extremely thorough and enthusiastic about his work. As a patient, his professional manner put me at ease. He took time to design a natural hairline and even gave me his personal phone number to look after me following the procedure! The whole staff, including Kevin on the sales side made the patient experience fantastic. After two weeks, i was mostly healed and on my way. Thank you. Great team effort! 😃
Rob Joyce
Rob Joyce
28/10/2021
Kevin, Dr Kalra & team are probably the hardest working people you'll find in the industry. From initial consultation to aftercare, these guys have been very responsive and informative. To be honest, I've been at ease through the whole process. Dr Kalra is an expert technician and has been on hand for any follow up queries i've had following the procedure. The team of technicians that supported Dr Kalra were again, very proficient and professional. You're in safe hands with Kevin & team. FYI: Procedure : Hair Transplant(FUE) Location: Edinburgh Time: September 21'
Daniel Lennon
Daniel Lennon
06/10/2021
From initially making an enquiry to booking my appointment Kevin has been fantastic keeping in regular contact and answering any quiries I had. Dr Kalra and his team were great on the day of surgery, extremely professional and attentive to my needs. Made the experience as relaxing and painless as they could. On day 10 after my transplant and healing nicely. Dr Kalra also keeps in contact and quick to answer any of my questions. Would highly recommend. Not to mention they were also the cheapest I could find certainly, within the UK.
Iain Johnstone
Iain Johnstone
05/10/2021
I Had a hair transplant 10 days ago at HTG’s Edinburgh clinic and everything so far has been great. I had 1750 FUE grafts done which took approx. 7/8 hours and was carried out by Dr Kalra and his team who were very professional and did a brilliant job. There is zero pain after having this procedure and I’m looking forward to the next 12 months of strong growth! Kevin and Dr Kalra have both been excellent in providing support and answering any questions I have both before and after my procedure.
stewart maclean
stewart maclean
06/09/2021
Kevin was great to deal with always happy to help answer everything and always was honest through out lockdown and challenges it faced the doctor the team where brilliant and experienced and did great job would recommend highly if u are looking for there services u wont do much better
David
David
03/09/2021
Kevin HTG, kept me informed of proceedings throughout the whole process leading up to my appointment and was very helpful in answering any questions I had. The transplant itself went very well, with Dr Kalra and his team talking me through the whole procedure as it progressed, and reassuring me if I had any concerns. Kevin, HTG plus Dr Kalra and his team were very professional throughout the whole process from the first phone call to completing the transplant.
Mark Knox
Mark Knox
02/09/2021
These professional people, flew all the way up from London, just to do my transplant in Edinburgh. I was very well taken care of all day. The procedure was done very efficiently throughout!. Would recommend this company and people 100%. Many thanks. Mark
Lewis Birrell
Lewis Birrell
28/07/2021
One week on from having a FUE hair transplant, and I'm already delighted with how it is looking. My donor area is healing over nicely and my grafts are settling. Kevin promptly answered my initial inquiry and got me booked in for a day which suited me at the Edinburgh clinic. Dr Kalra wax my surgeon and within minutes of having met him, his experience and expertise was clear to see. The technicians and staff at the clinic were also very friendly and skilled. The only slight improvement I would have is that it would be good if patients were able to speak to their surgeon before their transplant day. I'd recommend HTG to anyone in central Scotland looking to have an FUE procedure done.

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