We often hear about mature men dealing with androgenic alopecia, better known as male pattern baldness. But what about those who have
yet to reach their 30s? Surprisingly, hair loss can affect men in their 20s and teenage years. Fortunately, there’s a way young men can stop hair loss with finasteride.
What is Finasteride?
Also known by its brand name Propecia, finasteride is a medication that works to treat male pattern baldness, even though it was originally created to treat enlarged prostate glands. Although finasteride doesn’t increase hair production, it is successful in clinically treating androgenic alopecia.
What Causes Male Pattern Baldness?
The main culprit that leads to androgenic alopecia is a derivative of testosterone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which shrinks hair
follicles. DHT often increases in men as they age. In fact, research has shown that 30% of men show signs of male pattern baldness by age 30,50% of men will experience hair loss by age 50, and about 80% of men will have lost hair by age 70. Surprisingly, about 16% of males between the ages of 15 and 17 will also exhibit signs of male pattern baldness.
How Does Finasteride Help?
When patients begin taking finasteride daily, DHT levels will decrease dramatically in the scalp. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, this treatment is safe and effective in preventing further hair loss. While it won’t affect hair on other body parts, finasteride stops hair loss on the scalp in its tracks.
Finasteride’s Effectiveness in Young Men
We are now learning that young men may have an advantage over older patients when it comes to preserving their hair through finasteride.
A new study shows that young men with androgenic alopecia have experienced less thinning when taking finasteride. These men, who range between the ages of 18 and 40 and experienced loss in the temples, crown, front, mid-scalp, all benefited from the treatment.
As with many things in life, the best way to tackle male pattern baldness is by striking early. If you notice hair loss, don’t hesitate to call The Edge For Men at (314) 736-4MEN!