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What is Male Pattern Baldness?

Male Pattern Baldness, scientifically termed androgenetic alopecia, stands as the predominant etiological factor for male hair loss. This hereditary condition exhibits a gradual onset, affecting the majority of the male population by the age of fifty. Notably, a subset of individuals experiences the manifestation of thinning hair as early as 21, and by the age of 35, approximately 75% of all males undergo some degree of alopecia.

The underpinning mechanism of Male Pattern Baldness is associated with dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a metabolite derived from testosterone, the principal male sex hormone. Advancing age prompts a reduction in the size of hair follicles in specific regions of the scalp, particularly those susceptible to the influence of DHT. This phenomenon results in diminished hair thickness or complete alopecia in the affected areas.

While Male Pattern Baldness is inherently a natural process devoid of discernible physiological consequences, its psychological impact is noteworthy. The condition, despite lacking direct implications on other bodily functions, can precipitate a decline in self-esteem, potentially contributing to heightened levels of stress and depression in affected individuals.

Treatments Available

Fortunately, advancements in scientific research over the preceding decade have yielded significant progress in the treatment and, to some extent, the postponement of hair loss. Pharmacological interventions, such as Finasteride and Minoxidil, as well as Hair Implants, represent contemporary avenues for hair restoration. These modalities operate through distinct mechanisms to address the complexities of male pattern baldness. Consequently, an informed comprehension of each method, inclusive of their respective merits and demerits, is imperative for individuals contemplating treatment.

Finasteride, administered in the form of a daily oral pill, exerts its therapeutic effect by diminishing the levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) on the scalp. The efficacy of Finasteride exhibits interindividual variability, with the majority experiencing a cessation of hair loss, and approximately 60% observing augmented hair growth. However, a noteworthy fraction of men utilizing Finasteride may encounter sexual dysfunction, although this often remits upon discontinuation. Importantly, discontinuing the medication may precipitate a relapse of hair loss, rendering Finasteride a non-permanent solution.

Conversely, a more conservative approach to treating male hair loss involves Minoxidil, a topical solution applied directly to the scalp. Despite lacking an impact on DHT, the hormone implicated in hair loss, Minoxidil’s effects are not enduring, primarily serving to decelerate the progression of hair shedding.

Nevertheless, Minoxidil is not devoid of side effects, ranging from mild scalp itching, flaking, and irritation to more pronounced complications such as weight gain, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, and light-headedness.

Hair Transplant Methods

A more radical approach to achieve hair restoration involves the utilisation of hair implants. Typically, these implants comprise hair plugs harvested from persistently growing regions, commonly denoted as the “donor area,” situated around the lateral aspects of the head. Subsequently, these plugs are transplanted into regions affected by male pattern baldness. It is noteworthy that this treatment option incurs a higher cost compared to the pharmacological alternatives previously discussed.

The adverse effects associated with this procedure are contingent upon the specific technique employed, such as Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), or Direct Hair Implantation (DHI). However, we advocate for the FUE procedure owing to its superior success rate, characterised by permanent and aesthetically pleasing outcomes.

There also exists the option of employing hair implants composed of artificial fibers, although medical professionals typically discourage their usage in favor of natural transplants due to an elevated risk of infection. Despite this caution, some individuals may opt for artificial implants due to their comparatively lower cost.

The practice of suturing hairpieces onto balding areas is discouraged by medical practitioners, as it provides no substantive resolution to the issue and may provoke skin irritation, potentially resulting in scars and infections in severe instances.

For those contemplating the use of aforementioned hair loss medications, seeking guidance from a healthcare professional is generally advisable. If you are interested in a complimentary consultation with a specialist in the field of hair transplant procedures, simply click the provided button and complete the accompanying form.

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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