Specialist Alopecia treatment in our Birmingham Clinic
What is Alopecia?
There are many different types of alopecia and these include alopecia areata, or scarring alopecia for example. The most common type is male and female pattern hair baldness and on this page we will look much closer at this, along with appropriate alopecia treatment.
Pattern hair baldness in males
This is something which is experienced frequently. This type of alopecia usually begins in people around their late twenties or early thirties. By the time the fifties are reached, it is estimated that half of all men have some form of this condition. In male pattern hair baldness the hairline gradually starts to recede with thinning of the hair appearing at the temple and crown. Male pattern hair baldness is hereditary and so often runs in families. It is believed that having too much of a certain hormone makes some men more prone to suffering from this condition.
Pattern hair baldness in females
Pattern baldness can also occur in females but it is generally less understood. For example, women who suffer from this condition only seem to suffer hair loss at the top of the head and it is not fully understood whether it is hereditary as in the same way as men. The female menopause is often cited as a reason for this, because women have less hormones after the process.
What are Alopecia treatments for pattern hair baldness?
Alopecia treatment can be quite confusing. A simple search on the internet can generate hundreds of results all claiming fabulous outcomes with some very strange combinations of different materials or practices used.
Science supports fewer alopecia treatments but these are considered to be the most safe and effective options
1) One approach is to simply do nothing. If the issue doesn’t really bother you then you may decide that action isn’t necessary. We know for most however that this is not an option.
2) Medications in the form of tablets or gels exist which can help with the problem. These include Finasteride or Minoxidil. Finasteride requires a prescription which you take as a tablet that stops a chemical reaction in the hormones taking place which is thought to stop hair thinning. Results can take a while and the problem will return eventually when the tablets are discontinued. Minoxidil is available without prescription and is a foam which is rubbed into the scalp. The scientific evidence for this working is fairly conclusive if used in conjunction with Finasteride, but results do vary from person to person.
Female pattern hair baldness is only dealt with using minoxidil only, as the tablets that men take which interfere with hormones are not suitable for women.
Alopecia treatment - more options
3) Another approach for is alopecia treatment to obtain a wig meaning that no medical intervention is required. Wigs can vary in price and don’t last forever so need to be changed within a year. Wigs can normally be made using real hair or acrylic versions.
4) Hair transplants as an alopecia treatment.
Hair loss surgery is one of the main reasons that someone suffering from male or female pattern hair baldness seeks assistance. The main advantage of hair transplant surgery against some of the other options mentioned above is that results are likely to be lasting and permanent. Hair transplantation is not an easy decision to arrive at, and there are cost factors associated with it. It is generally recommended as a last resort for alopecia treatment for pattern hair baldness, although at least this proves a comforting additional option for many.
Why have Alopecia treatment in our Clinic?
Dr Diaz takes the topic of pattern hair baldness and alopecia treatments seriously, as we know the profound affect it can have on peoples lives.
If you are suffering from this problem, speak or arrange an appointment now. We offer a professional, friendly and relaxed approach to help you explore all options available.
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