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What is hair loss medication (Finasteride)?

Finasteride is a form of prescription only medication used to fight the signs and effects of hair loss. More commonly known under the brand name Propecia, Finasteride has been used to as a method of treating hair loss for almost 30 years and is showing no signs of stopping being used. It belongs to a group of medicines known as 5α-reductase inhibitors which are known for their ability at blocking the production of DHT (dihydrotestosterone). It’s this DHT that is responsible in a lot of cases for male pattern baldness due to the effect it has on the hair follicles.

Your follicles typically produce hair with a “growth cycle” that lasts anywhere between two to six years and even if you shave your head repeatedly, the same hair will just grow back out of the follicle until the end of the cycle where the hair falls out and the follicle starts this process again. DHT causes the follicles to shrink and shortens the “growth cycle”, meaning that the hairs the grow will fall out much faster and have an appearance that is more brittle and thin than before. It also slows the production of new hairs so once the old ones do fall out, it takes longer for a new one to push its way through.

Finasteride works by blocking this DHT from binding with specific proteins in the blood, keeping them away from the follicles in your scalp and stopping them from shrinking. Because of its success rate, Finasteride is the best method of treating hair loss with medication available on the market.

What is hair loss medication (Finasteride)?

Finasteride is a form of prescription only medication used to fight the signs and effects of hair loss. More commonly known under the brand name Propecia, Finasteride has been used to as a method of treating hair loss for almost 30 years and is showing no signs of stopping being used. It belongs to a group of medicines known as 5α-reductase inhibitors which are known for their ability at blocking the production of DHT (dihydrotestosterone). It’s this DHT that is responsible in a lot of cases for male pattern baldness due to the effect it has on the hair follicles.

Your follicles typically produce hair with a “growth cycle” that lasts anywhere between two to six years and even if you shave your head repeatedly, the same hair will just grow back out of the follicle until the end of the cycle where the hair falls out and the follicle starts this process again. DHT causes the follicles to shrink and shortens the “growth cycle”, meaning that the hairs the grow will fall out much faster and have an appearance that is more brittle and thin than before. It also slows the production of new hairs so once the old ones do fall out, it takes longer for a new one to push its way through.

Finasteride works by blocking this DHT from binding with specific proteins in the blood, keeping them away from the follicles in your scalp and stopping them from shrinking. Because of its success rate, Finasteride is the best method of treating hair loss with medication available on the market.

What should you expect from hair loss medication?

Hair loss is something that can strike at any time and although many people associate it with aging, its starting to affect people at a much earlier age than ever before. Some people will simply opt to shave their hair off, others will opt for a transplant, but you can opt for medication to stop the affects of hair loss, you just need to ensure that you do all your research first. Please take a look at some of the most commonly asked questions about hair loss medication below.

As long as it’s taken as prescribed, Finasteride usually takes around three months for the effects to show although this can take longer in some cases. The important thing is remembering to take the correct dosage on a daily basis as we often find that patients aren’t persistent enough and will begin to pursue other methods of hair restoration.

Because it blocks DHT at the source rather than just affecting the scalp, Finasteride should help you to slow and stop hair loss and has the potential to regrow some of the hair that has started to become brittle and weak.

We strongly advise that you don’t stop taking Finasteride without talking to our team first. It can take up to 12 months for the medication to have its fullest effect and for any noticeable results to be showing, however once you have your results we advise that you continue to take Finasteride to ensure that any hair that has grown back is not lost. If you want to pursue another method of treatment or would like to stop taking the medication, one of our team will be able to discuss this with you and provide you with the best possible information on what to do next.

Finasteride blocks the enzyme that changes testosterone to DHT, which in turn means that your testosterone levels will actually go up whilst taking Finasteride.

It doesn’t actually matter when you take it (morning, afternoon, evening or night) just as long as you take it at roughly the same time everyday to maximise it’s effectiveness.

The earlier you start to take it, the better. When it comes to hair loss, fighting it starts with the earliest signs and if you feel that medication would benefit you, please speak to one of our team.

Finasteride is a prescription only form of medication and is not available over the counter. To get a prescription, your easiest method is to use the form at the bottom of this page to book a consultation with our team, who will then go through everything with you before ultimately deciding if Finasteride is the best course of action to take.

What should you expect from hair loss medication?

Hair loss is something that can strike at any time and although many people associate it with aging, its starting to affect people at a much earlier age than ever before. Some people will simply opt to shave their hair off, others will opt for a transplant, but you can opt for medication to stop the affects of hair loss, you just need to ensure that you do all your research first. Please take a look at some of the most commonly asked questions about hair loss medication below.

As long as it’s taken as prescribed, Finasteride usually takes around three months for the effects to show although this can take longer in some cases. The important thing is remembering to take the correct dosage on a daily basis as we often find that patients aren’t persistent enough and will begin to pursue other methods of hair restoration.

Because it blocks DHT at the source rather than just affecting the scalp, Finasteride should help you to slow and stop hair loss and has the potential to regrow some of the hair that has started to become brittle and weak.

We strongly advise that you don’t stop taking Finasteride without talking to our team first. It can take up to 12 months for the medication to have its fullest effect and for any noticeable results to be showing, however once you have your results we advise that you continue to take Finasteride to ensure that any hair that has grown back is not lost. If you want to pursue another method of treatment or would like to stop taking the medication, one of our team will be able to discuss this with you and provide you with the best possible information on what to do next.

Finasteride blocks the enzyme that changes testosterone to DHT, which in turn means that your testosterone levels will actually go up whilst taking Finasteride.

It doesn’t actually matter when you take it (morning, afternoon, evening or night) just as long as you take it at roughly the same time everyday to maximise it’s effectiveness.

The earlier you start to take it, the better. When it comes to hair loss, fighting it starts with the earliest signs and if you feel that medication would benefit you, please speak to one of our team.

Finasteride is a prescription only form of medication and is not available over the counter. To get a prescription, your easiest method is to use the form at the bottom of this page to book a consultation with our team, who will then go through everything with you before ultimately deciding if Finasteride is the best course of action to take.

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The minimum age for any consultation or surgical procedure is 18. Certain things, such as becoming pregnant before the surgery, will stop you from being able to proceed forwards from the consultation phase. This will be discussed during your initial consultation.

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