About Hair Loss
Hair loss – in the form of male pattern baldness – is a genetic disorder. Male pattern baldness occurs when hair follicles convert testosterone into another hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
Affected hair follicles (typically at the sides and the top of the head) become more sensitive to DHT, which causes them to shrink, weaken, and eventually die. This slows down hair production and can stop hair growth altogether.
Hair Loss Treatments
Whilst there is no hair loss cure or baldness cure, hair loss treatment can prevent further hair loss and even lead to renewed hair growth.
Finasteride (also available branded as Propecia) is a prescription-only treatment that’s effective for 90% of men. An oral tablet is taken once a day and effects can be seen within 3-6 months of continuous use. It works by preventing the conversion of testosterone into the hormone dihydrotestosterone DHT, which is the hormone that weakens.
Minoxidil (also available branded as Regaine) is topical lotion or foam applied to the head that appears to temporarily stimulate hair growth. Studies suggest that hair loss will slow in about 50% of men, while 15% of men will experience some hair regrowth. Available online and in store from LloydsPharmacy without prescription.
Other hair loss treatment options include hair transplants, laser therapy and wigs or hairpieces.
Types of Hair Loss
Male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia)
This is the most common form of hair loss, in which the hairline recedes and hair on the top of the head and temples thins. Male pattern baldness affects around 50% all men by the age of 50. This is the condition that Finasteride and Propecia are licensed to treat.
Female pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia)
As with male pattern baldness, hair gradually thins from the top of the head. This type of hair loss tends to run in families and can often get worsen after the menopause.
This is a shedding and thinning of the hair. Telogen effluvium typically occurs after an illness or your body has undergone a stressful event, such as childbirth, surgery or sudden weight loss. This kind of hair loss is usually temporary.
Alopecia areata is characterised by patchy hair loss and is most common in teenagers and young adults. In many cases hair grows back in a few months. In the UK, alopecia areata affects one or two people in every 1,000.
Alopecia totalis & alopecia universalis
Alopecia totalis is a complete loss of hair on the head, and alopecia universalis a complete loss of hair on the head and body. In the case of both, hair is unlikely to grow back unless the loss of hair has been caused by a traumatic event such chemotherapy.
Is it safe to buy hair loss treatments online?
Yes. The clinicians at LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor are all NHS-experienced and registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). As a company we are registered with the Care Quality Commission and regulated by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
If you are unsure whether you need treatment, or which will suit you best, take a confidential free assessment. There is no need for a face-to-face appointment, simply complete a short questionnaire and we will recommend a suitable treatment.