Hair loss needs no introduction, and it’s something that affects millions of men and women all over the world. If and when it occurs, it’s only natural that many of us will want to find an effective solution that’ll restore our hair and keep us looking our best.

The main culprits involved with the causes of hair loss are dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and the genetics that we inherit from our parents. While there’s not much of anything that can be done to prevent this, there are a few products that are available that can help to counteract their effects.

Propecia is one of the most popular and well known of these products, and we’ll be taking a look into it today to see what it is, how it works, and perhaps determine whether it might be the solution you’ve been looking for if you’ve been experiencing male pattern hair loss yourself.

At the end of the day, not only does hair loss have a noticeable effect on our appearance, but it can also have a huge impact on us mentally, reducing our confidence and self esteem, It’s this, ultimately, that those experiencing male pattern hair loss or balding hope to fix with hair loss treatments like Propecia.

What is Propecia?

Propecia is just one of a number of widely available treatments for hair loss, and is available either over the counter or as a prescribed medication. The main active ingredient of Propecia is Finasteride, which is able to effectively combat the negative effects that DHT has on the hair follicles and encourage more growth.

As a treatment for male pattern hair loss, Propecia comes in tablet form, which are to be taken daily. Propecia will have a much greater effect if used early on in your hair loss cycle than once it’s fully established itself, and it can typically take somewhere between 3 to 6 months before you’ll start to see an effect. If you stop using Propecia or any other Finasteride product then your hair loss will start up again, and any new hair that’s grown while taking the treatment will more than likely fall out.

How does Propecia Work?

Since DHT shrinks the hair follicles, Propecia works to counteract its effects and lower the amount of the hormone in the system by converting it to testosterone. This has been proven to slow down hair loss for the vast majority of men who use the product, and stimulate growth for more than half.

After a 5 year medical study into how effective Finasteride can be for hair growth, it was established that more than 80% of men involved in the study experienced their hair loss stopping within 6 to 12 months. Furthermore, 66% of men went as far as to report regrowth, in addition to a significant increase and improvement in the density and appearance of their hair. By contrast, the entire group of placebo candidates reported no effect on their hair loss.

The effects of Propecia can be pretty rapid, but don’t expect to notice results overnight. It can often be at least 3 months before you’ll notice any difference, and it can take up to a year before you’ll be able to appreciate the full benefits of the hair rejuvenation treatment.

Are the Effects of Propecia Permanent?

It’s important to remember that Propecia is ultimately a hair loss treatment, not a cure for baldness. While taking Propecia the Finassteride will be reducing the amount of DHT that’s getting to the hair follicles and causing them to fall out, but as soon as you stop taking it, it’ll be back to how things were before and your hair loss will continue. You’ll therefore have to continue to take Propecia for as long as you want your hair to continue to grow.

If you’ve been taking Propecia for some time and you’re noticing the effects of it are starting to decline, then be sure to have a word with your doctor. You should avoid the temptation of increasing your dose to more than one tablet a day, as this won’t make the treatment work any better. If anything, it’ll only put you at more risk of the potential side effects.

Are there any Side Effects to Propecia Hair Treatment?

While there’s plenty of strong evidence to support the effectiveness of Propecia for treating male pattern hair loss, there are a few potential side effects that it’s always important to consider before you fully commit yourself to the treatment. These range from the common to the extremely rare, and while most of these will be rare, they nevertheless include:

— Dizziness
— Weakness
— Headaches
— Skin rash
— Runny nose
— Erectile dysfunction
— Decreased libido
— Tender breasts
— Breast enlargement

Who is the Ideal Candidate for Propecia?

Most men who’ve just started to notice hair loss and are over 18 years of age will be an ideal candidate for Propecia hair loss treatment.

That isn’t to say it’s suitable for everyone though. There’s no evidence to suggest that Propecia is an effective treatment for female pattern baldness, for example. In fact, it can even be dangerous for women. There are also a few different types of hair loss that won’t be treatable with Propecia or Finasteride either, such as alopecia totalis (where hair loss causes complete baldness).

How Much does Propecia Cost?

A Month’s supply of Propecia tablets will typically cost around £40 to £50. While it is available on prescription, it’s only available privately. Propecia and other products containing Finasteride are also used to treat prostate enlargement, and it’s for this that the NHS will prescribe it.

While much more affordable in the short term, the cost of a lifetime committed to using Propecia every day will soon start to add up, and it won’t be long until it eclipses the cost of a hair transplant procedure.