Hair loss

Have you noticed that your hairline is receding? Or that the bald spot on the top of your head becoming more noticeable?

You may be suffering from a progressive condition called male pattern hair loss.

What is Male Pattern Baldness?

It’s the most common form of hair loss in men. In fact, about half of all men experience this by the age of 40. It’s also a progressive condition.

Scientists believe male pattern baldness is inherited from either side of your family and that a chemical called dihydrotestosterone, more commonly referred to as DHT, is a key factor in hair loss. The condition is sometimes called androgenetic alopecia.

Male Pattern Baldness

Why do men go bald?

Hair is made in hair follicles. A hair normally grows from each hair follicle for about three years. It is then shed, and a new hair grows from the follicle. As balding develops, affected hair follicles gradually become smaller than normal. Each new hair that grows is thinner, is shed more quickly and eventually leads to a much smaller hair follicle with thin hair that doesn’t make it to the skin surface.

Male hormones are involved in causing these changes. Hair follicles convert testosterone (the main male hormone) into another hormone called dihydrotestosterone. Affected hair follicles become more sensitive to dihydrotestosterone and this causes the hair follicles to shrink.

For some men, this ageing process can be distressing, particularly if it is excessive or occurs early in life but there is a treatment that can be given that has a very good track record of reversing or halting the hair loss. PROPECIA works by simply stopping the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone.

9 out of 10 men improved or maintained hair with PROPECIA*

This treatment is now available at Somerset Cosmetic Clinic in Taunton. Simply contact us on  the form at the side of this page, or ring us on 0800 028 6897 to arrange your FREE consultation with Dr Ed.

Cost: £125 at the initial consultation then £60 at 3 and 6 months. At the consultation, a private prescription will be issued if indicated and safe to do so.

PROPECIA is only available on prescription, but it is not available on the NHS. The drug takes between 3-6 months to take affect and should you stop taking it, the balding process will begin again.

Before taking PROPECIA

As a medically-led clinic, we always take into consideration that some medicines are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and sometimes a medicine may only be used if extra care is taken. For these reasons, before you start taking PROPECIA it is important that a proper medical consultation takes place, any potential side effects are discussed and we know that there is no history of an allergic reaction to the drug or that contra medicines are being taken, including herbal. PROPECIA is for use by MEN ONLY and should NOT be used by women or children.

* Based on a photographic assessment by an expert panel of dermatologists following 5 years of clinical studies. Most men in the clinical studies saw results 3 to 12 months after starting PROPECIA. 
PROPECIA is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of male pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia). It licenced for use in the UK by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

Dr Ed Porter