Male Pattern Hair Loss
(Male Androgenetic Alopecia)
Thinning of the hair that usually tends to happen to men. It affects 50% of men by their 50s. SOme men experience this much earlier and may seek a hair transplant. However as more experience is being gained, the more ethical hair transplant surgeons will rarely operate on men in their 20s. This is because the hair loss is likely not to have stabilised, and the cosmetic effects later on will not be as good.
This clinic focuses on the medical approach to hair restoration.
The clinic offers advice on scalp camouflage, medical treatments and whether further advice should be sought from a GP. Sometimes other hair loss conditions can be found in this age group. If the hair loss is occurring earlier than expected, the reasons for this can be explored.
How the clinic can help
This type of hair loss is not dealt with in the NHS. Dealing with hair loss without using surgery needs a variety of approaches.
The clinic will assist by documenting the extent of the hair loss by photography of the hair and scalp; advising on information about the condition.
There can be many factors contributing to hair loss as well as age,genetics and hormones. A detailed history will be taken which will include your nutrition and any supplements taken.
This clinic will advise you of the current evidence on treatments and can arrange for the relevant blood tests to be done with or without nutritional status blood tests included. The clinic encourages people to access these tests from the GP, but it this is at the GP’s discretion. It possible to have some blood tests as skin prick (which can be done at home or at the clinic), or you can be sent to a partner clinic for a full blood test.
The clinic works with a specialist compounding Pharmacy which only works with doctors, so an option will be Minoxiidl 5% in a specialist formulation that supports hair growth.
The clinic recognises that textured hair will have different needs so is able to source a cream based formulation for patients.
Practical help in hiding hair loss
The clinic can supply ready to wear hair pieces or custom made hair pieces. Some of these can be purchased online without visiting the clinic (please visit www.crewehairandskinclinic.uk/shop).
Regrettably, once purchased the pieces are not returnable. During the period of social distancing due to Covd-19 there is a 20% reduction on the hair pieces in the Shop section of the website (search for TP).
Platelet Rich Plasma
Studies have suggested a likely benefit, and this is suggested in conjunction with other measures. It is now becoming part of the treatment protocol in some hair loss clinics for androgenetic alopecia, alopecia areata and telogen effluvium. The treatment is done monthly for the first 3 months and the 3 months after that. Then every 3-6 months as maintenance therapy.