In the UK, Androgenetic Alopecia, or male pattern baldness affects two thirds of men. And with a quarter of males experiencing hair loss before the age of 30, this issue can have wide ranging consequences.
Male pattern baldness is typically explained as the loss of hair on one’s head, beginning with a receding hairline, followed by hair loss on the crown and temples.
In Europe, British men are thought to be the most concerned about balding, but among the least likely to do anything about it. Due to lack of information, many view male pattern baldness as an unpreventable sign of ageing.
Causes of Male Pattern Baldness
Although not the only cause, genetics are a key factor in male pattern baldness. This genetic disposition can be inherited from either your mother or your father, contrary to popular opinion.
Hair loss is also strongly linked to hormones, which can be affected by lifestyle. The decrease in production of testosterone later in life leads to the production of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes hair follicles to shrink and eventually stop working.
Hair loss and self esteem
Scientists have found hair loss can lead to feelings of depression, low self-esteem, neuroticism, introversion and feelings of unattractiveness for men of all ages.
New research by the hospital Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, studied the effects of hair loss as more than merely a cosmetic problem. They discovered hair loss patients had decreased self-esteem, feelings of disfigurement, and even depressive and anxiety disorders including social avoidance, impairing their quality of life.
Recently, celebrity hairdresser James Brown spoke out about his own battle with hair loss and the profound impact this had on his confidence and self-esteem following years of wearing his trademark hat.
In recent years, the popularity of surgical hair restoration has grown. The number of hair transplants continues to rise year on year worldwide, with over 285,000 now taking place.
Wayne Rooney’s treatment in 2011 thrust hair transplants into the public eye. Many other celebrities have since followed suit, such as Robbie Williams and Declan Donnelly. And while this has perhaps helped to tackle some of the stigma attached to tackling hair loss, the cost of cosmetic surgery - often anywhere between £3,000 and £30,000 – are prohibitive for the man on the street.
Surgical treatments are not a fix-all solution, either. Prescription hair loss treatments need to be used following the transplant, as the hairline and crown will still be susceptible to thinning.
Non-surgical baldness treatments
The NHS recognises the major emotional and psychological effects hair loss can have but does not currently offer treatment for male pattern baldness. Affordable and effective hair loss treatments are, however, available from reputable pharmacists.
Propecia and Generic Finasteride are oral medications proven to combat hair loss. 99% of men have been found notice visible results within 2 years.
If you are embarrassed about seeking treatment for hair loss, Express Pharmacy offers discreet, confidential baldness medications available for next day delivery.