MALE BALDNESS – Introduction

Male pattern baldness is the common type of hair loss that develops in most men at some stage, particularly as they grow older. The condition is sometimes called androgenetic alopecia. It

usually takes up to 25 years to go bald. However, some men go bald in fewer than five years. There are approximately 7.5 million bald and balding men in the United Kingdom.


Male pattern baldness occurs in distinctive patterns in men who are genetically predisposed to the condition. Typically, at first the hair begins to thin from the lateral sides of the forehead (receding

hairline). At the same time, the hair usually becomes thin on the top of the head. (the vertex or crown) A bald patch gradually develops in the middle of the scalp. The receding front, and the

bald patch on the top gradually enlarge and join together, leaving a horse shoe shaped rim of hair around the back of the head. In some men, this rim of hair also thins and goes to leave a completely bald scalp.

Finasteride 1mg (Propecia) is used for the treatment of male pattern hair loss and is available from Lowdham Pharmacy without the need for a prescription. Book an appointment online or just contact the pharmacy and speak to one of our friendly and helpful staff for more details