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Losing head hair can be a big deal for a man. 40% have noticeable hair loss by the age of 35, and two thirds by the time they’re 60. It can knock a man’s self-confidence, make them feel less attractive and make them feel old.

The commonest form of hair loss is male pattern baldness, so-called because it follows a set pattern: first a receding hairline, then a thinning on the crown and temples. It is hereditary and affected men can start receding from their late twenties, and some even in their teens.

Male pattern baldness is caused by oversensitivity of the hair follicles to testosterone and this causes the hair follicles to shrink so the hair grows thinner and less than normal. Hair loss affects nearly eight million guys in the UK and incidentally, one and a half million women too. And scientists are continually working on cures. Recent research suggests that new adult hair follicles can be grown but it will be at least ten years before we can develop it as a treatment.

A topical treatment that is currently available on the NHS is called Regaine. About one third of men who apply this experience good hair growth on their bald patches. Another treatment that works by blocking testosterone, which shrinks the hair follicles, is called Propecia but this is only available on private prescription. Hair transplant surgery is a more permanent solution and this involves transferring skin from the back of the head where there is hair to the bald parts at the front. It is very expensive, costing thousands of pounds, however if this is something you’d consider make sure you find a skilled and reputable surgeon. Low level laser therapy and UV light treatments are also available but they have mixed results.

So, if you’re balding and having little success with those miracle cures available on the high street, it is really worth seeing your GP because there are treatments available, which they can discuss with you.

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Quick Health Advice: Male Hairloss

Hair loss affects 8 million men and 1.5 million women in the UK. In this exclusive guide, Dr Jessen discusses the causes and, most importantly, the treatment options available – from topical treatments to surgery – for those who want to stave off the comb over and discover how they can restore their full-bodied manes and flowing locks.

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I am 16, nearly 17. I have noticed that my hair line is going in at the sides of my forehead. Also, I am worried that the hair on my crown is getting thinner. Should I go to my GP? Are there any other things that I can do?





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I want FUE hair procedure but having looked at the mass of clinics on the internet I cant decide where to go. I don't have money to waste so I don't want o just go for the Harley Street clinics if the same job is achievable elsewhere. Can you recommend one?





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I am 55 years old and I am embarrassed with the amount of body hair on me am coverd from my shoulders down to my ankles I keep on thinking to myself if there's something like a tablet that gets rid of hair or any type of course that can get rid of this embarrassing situation that I am in





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Please help me my hair id=s falling out day by day and its stressing me a lot. I am using Vigro tablets but i can't see the results.





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I believe that an independent and impartial medical statement as to the use of medicines such as Finasteride(sic) in Hair Transplant(FUE) procedure would be very welcome. Presently there is a lot of conflicting advice on the internet as to whether or not these medicines are required in association with FUE. Often there remains a suspicion that the use of these medicines is being promoted with those of a vested commercial interest. The list of potential side effects is also somewhat offputting, however various FUE clinics or hair loss forums state that it is taken only to prevent additional loss of surrounding hair to that which has been transplanted (as part of the full extent of an individuals overall Male Pattern Baldness) rather than a requirement to prevent the directly transplanted follicles from failing. Others remain adamantthat these medicines have to be taken to support the transplanted follicles for the indefinite future. Who is right? It leaves me to thank Dr Jessen for being so public in respect of his own FUE treatment which goes a long way to help shake the taboo from this and other cosmetic procedures for me. Maybe he is now as a recepient / apatient of FUE treatment best placed to pronounce on the requirement or otherwise of Finasteride treatments. Thank you





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I believe that clear impartial advice on the medicines such as Finisteride in relation to hair transplant (FUE) would be extremely useful There is so much confusion and mis information regarding the requirements of these medications, some say you have to take them or the FUE will fail, others state that it is simply to prevent other areas of hair loss around the transplanted folicles that is the reason for taking it. Given the potential side effects I assume most would not rather takemedications if at all possible -but without impartial independent medical statement all such information seems divided, especially from those who's interest lies n its prescription / sale.





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I'm 22 and my hair was really thick. Over the last couple of months I've noticed it getting really thin and everyone is commenting on how thin it is and that I'm going bald. I'm getting really stressed with worry and it's affecting my daily life. I cannot loose my hair. I'm freaking out with the thought of it. What can I do to stop this from happening? Please help.





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Iam 26 years old i loose my hair help me..





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my scalp is loss day by day pls help me

PROPECIA - You have to ask for a private prescription off your Doctor; costs around 40.00GBP a month (28 tablets). Would definitely recommend for all Male Hair Loss as a PREVENTATIVE - STOPS further fall out. Honestly try it. It can affect your Male Labido. I have tried lots & lots & lots of remedies; including Chinese 'boil-up' herbal potions!





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Hi I have heel pain for eighteen months and I have been getting laser treatment on them, lately I noticed that my hair is thinning I wonder if it is caused by the laser treatment on my feet.





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