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Baldness in men

Male-pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss. Usually it starts with a little thinning of the hair, followed by wider hair loss. For some men, this starts in their early twenties. By middle age, most men have some degree of hair loss. Some men  suffer great emotional distress because of their hair loss or baldness and it is even associated with depression.

Male-pattern baldness is usually genetic and is mostly inherited from one generation to the next. If you have inherited the genes responsible for male-pattern or female-pattern baldness there is little you can do to prevent it from happening. It is caused by oversensitive hair follicles. Dihydrotestosterone is produced by the body and causes follicles to shrink and stop functioning. Yet men with male-pattern baldness don’t have more male hormones than other men, despite the involvement of hormones. Their hair follicles are simply more sensitive to said hormones.

Male-pattern baldness is not a disease, so it won’t affect your health or should be considered a sign of something serious being wrong. However, as soon as your baldness starts causing phsychological problems and you become unhappy, there are ways to help. When you feel you have a depression, please contact a psychologist to help with the trauma.

Baldness treatment

Treatments can slow down the process, but there’s no cure for baldness. As a rule, it’s more likely you will be able to maintain existing hair than to regrow it, and when the hair follicle stops working it cannot be revived. The most effective treatment for male-pattern baldness is Propecia with its active ingredient finasteride. Other treatments for hair loss include wigs and hair transplants.

How does Propecia work?

Propecia is used for hormone related hair loss of men (androgenetic alopecia). This is the most common form of hair loss. Androgenetic alopecia is hereditary. This results in an increased sensitivity of hair the follicles (hair roots) to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), by which they are damaged.

This is where the drug finasteride comes in, which is responsible for the medical effect of Propecia. It prevents the DHT being formed from its precursor, testosterone, and thus protects the hair follicles from the effects of DHT. Thus, the progression of hair loss is inhibited and hair re-growth is being promoted. Visible results of the effect of the drug can be expected after about a year of usage. The effectiveness of the drug on the so-called receding hairline on the temples is however not confirmed.

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