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13 Dec 2004

Male Baldness
With all the hype around so many new tricks and treatments and stuff for male (genetic, hereditary) baldness, is there really anything that workse besides surgery?
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CyberDoc
CyberDoc

01 Jan 0001

Blu, nothing (including surgery) has been proved to be 100% effective. This is from something I wrote on hair loss a while ago:
“Male pattern baldness is the most common form of alopecia and is of genetic predetermination. If your dad is bald, you will probably become bald too. It is with this form of baldness that the new drug Propecia® (finasteride) has shown promising results. In male pattern baldness, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) causes a shortening of the growth phase and thinning of the hairs. Finasteride blocks an enzyme called 5-reductase that changes testosterone into DHT and in this way prevents these changes from taking place. In 99% of men it will stop hair loss within a year, a third will have a slight increase in hair and a third will show marked improvement. Because it works on the changing of testosterone to DHT, it will not work for women and may be very dangerous in pregnancy.
Before you think that I’m trying to promote a product, finasteride is not the beginning and the end of treating male pattern baldness. You have to take it as early in the disease as possible and generally it doesn’t work for people older than 50 or in cases where the person has gone completely bald. One thing is for certain, it is a hell of a lot better than anything that has been on the market up to now and definitely something to think about using until something better comes along.”
Let me know if you have more questions. Good luck.
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