How to stop a receding hairline
All men have a different shape and pattern to their natural hairline, which is the frame of their face, so a receding hairline can feel like a cause for panic. The most common issue is male pattern baldness (MPB), which accounts for over 95% of male pattern hair loss. Although thinning occurs in different areas of the scalp including the top of the head, one of the most difficult areas to deal with is around the hairline.
Hairline recession is the most common way that you can first identify MPB. It usually occurs first above the temples, where the hairline on each side of your forehead will retreat. This will give a V-shaped hairline, also known a ‘widow’s peak’, at the front of your head.
Catching a receding hairline early is key, and if you do so, there’s no reason why you can’t slow hair loss or stop hair loss in this area – and even reversing hair loss. Studies have found the younger you are when you start treatment, and the more hair you have before you start, the more effective treatments will be.
The benefits of Propecia
Those looking to regrow hair on the hairline can try Propecia or Finasteride, its generic version, which is one of only two methods that is recognised to be safe and effective hair loss treatments.
Most men who suffer from male pattern hair loss are hypersensitive to a hormone called Dihydrotestosterone DHT, which can damage hair follicles and cause hair loss. Propecia and Finasteride works by reducing the levels of this hormone in the body in order to reverse balding. By reducing the amount of DHT affecting follicles in the scalp, Propecia helps to halt hair loss and, in some cases, reverse it.
So, can Propecia regrow your hairline? Finasteride is not a medication that will directly trigger growth. It helps your hair grow back by getting to the root of the problem – the DHT. This means it can help to prevent chronic hair loss, it may protect your hair follicles, and by promoting overall hair health, it can be a factor in regrowth. Because it can effectively reduce DHT levels in your body, finasteride may be able to stop your hairline from receding further. It reduces hair loss or causes re-growth in 9 out of 10 men.
The other recognised product is Minoxidil, which is applied topically to the scalp and hair. Finasteride and Minoxidil can be taken safely together to give more effective results too. In fact, science has shown that they work wonders together; Minoxidil, promotes blood flow to the hairline to encourage healthy hair, whilst Propecia tackles the enzyme that causes MPB.
There are other ways to help increase hair growth including biotin, zinc, and selenium – natural minerals that can be taken as daily vitamin tablets – as well as the more radical option of hair transplant surgery.
How long does Propecia take to work?
It takes approximately 12 weeks to show results and is taken daily as a whole tablet, but please note that Propecia will not work faster or better if you take more than 1 tablet a day. If you stop taking Propecia, your hair loss will return, as Propecia Finasteride needs to be taken long term.
Propecia works on all areas of the scalp affected by male pattern baldness, including the hairline. The best way to see results from Propecia is to take photos at regular intervals. The before and after pictures will give you a good indication how Propecia is working for you. Propecia only stimulates hair growth on the head and will not cause hair to grow elsewhere on the body.
If you have not experienced any positive results after 1 year, you should stop taking the treatment as it is unlikely that it will work for you. But do keep in mind that Propecia does not just work to regrow hair, but it can also prevent further hair loss, so even if you do not experience regrowth, you may have been preventing further hair loss during the year by taking it.
How we can help at Brent Pharmacy
Get prescribed treatment effective in 9/10 men, discreet to your door. To purchase Propecia from Brent Pharmacy, simply fill out the online consultation. If the treatment is suitable, medications will be prescribed and posted to you. Propecia is a prescription-only medication, so you can only get it if you have a prescription.
Side effects of Propecia are uncommon and usually mild. Propecia (Finasteride) is part of a class of drugs known as 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors (5-ARIs). It is approved only for use in men because it can cause ambiguous genitalia in developing male foetuses. It is also used for treatment of enlarged prostates.
For full information on side effects and correct use, see the patient information leaflet. If any side effects concern you, contact us. As with all medications, seek medical advice if you suffer allergic reactions.