Going thin on top? Maybe you’ve had a few comments from your mates or your partner about you losing your hair? If baldness is bothering you, we get it. In fact, most of us get it. At least half of all men have some degree of hair loss by age 50. And for a few men, balding starts in their late teens.
Male-pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) is the name given to the most common type of balding. It’s usually genetically inherited from either (or both) parents.
This type of hair loss happens slowly over time, and you may not even notice it at first.
Some men aren’t troubled by a slowly receding hairline or patchiness. Others want to take some control for cosmetic reasons.
But some men can feel real distress, usually linked to poor self-esteem and, sometimes, depression.
But you should try to be realistic when seeking treatment. Results vary. We can’t predict who may or may not benefit from treatment.
The main medicines used to treat male-pattern baldness include:
Other treatments for hair loss include:
Be wary of claims in advertising, social media, or email that promise ‘amazing hair regrowth’. There’s still not enough evidence to support using laser, plasma injections, hair tonics or nutritional supplements.
InstantScripts GPs can help you navigate male-pattern baldness. Book a telehealth consult or request a script at your convenience.
With male-pattern baldness, thinning hair is your only symptom and nothing serious is causing this hair loss. But there are conditions and situations where hair loss may be a sign of a more serious problem:
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