Men Who Undergo Hair Loss “Treatments” May Find a Cheaper Alternative
Here’s a statistic that is quite confronting but perhaps not all that surprising: Hair loss is something that affects up to 42% of men.
You would think that because it’s so common, men shouldn’t feel so insecure about it – but the reality is that many men dread going bald and are willing to spend a lot on treatments for it. hair loss in order to keep or grow back their plumpness. locks. Indeed, the value of the global hair restoration market is expected to exceed 13 billion dollars by 2028, according to Grand View Research. That’s a lot of money.
Naturally, there are a myriad of products on the market that take advantage of men’s insecurities about hair loss, from caffeinated shampoos to multivitamins. Of course, hair loss clinics like Ashley and Martin are well known, thanks to years of concerted publicity (and famous clients like Shane Warne). Subscription home hair loss treatments, such as Pilot and Keeps, are also increasingly popular.
None of these options are particularly inexpensive. A clinical hair loss program can put you back four or five digits, while home hair loss treatments also cost several hundred dollars a year … And you aren’t always guaranteed the results you desire.
But there is another alternative that Australian men are taking advantage of that is less complicated, just as effective, and most importantly, much cheaper than virtually any other option on the market.
First of all, let’s do a little history. DMARGE spoke with Dr Joseph Santos, general practitioner and medical director of Rosemary Health, which explains that hair loss in men is usually caused by male pattern baldness, also known as androgenic alopecia.
“It can start to affect men as early as their twenties, and by age 50, more than 50% of men are affected. It happens because of a combination of your genetics and your hormones. In particular, a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) impacts the hair follicles in your head. This causes them to shrink and eventually stop producing new hair.
“Other common causes of hair loss include stress, certain medical conditions like diabetes, thyroid disorders and lupus, certain medications like oral retinoids, beta blockers and chemotherapy drugs, and drugs. of hair care products you use. “
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Dr. Santos goes on to explain that two of the most commonly prescribed hair loss treatments are finasteride (sold under brand names like Proscar and Propecia.) and minoxidil (better known as Regaine or Rogaine), with finasteride work by slowing down the hair loss process while minoxidil help in the process of hair regrowth. They are the two most common active ingredients in most home hair loss treatments and any clinical hair loss program will undoubtedly revolve around one or both of these drugs as well.
But here’s the kicker: There’s nothing stopping you from just talking to your GP and getting a prescription for finasteride and minoxidil.
Indeed, many Australian men do this – “cutting out the middlemen” and saving themselves a load of money in the process. As an anonymous DMARGE correspondent puts it:
“I just had a conversation with my GP, he gave me the prescription, and now I just go to the pharmacy and buy the generic. It’s a fraction of the cost of going to a clinic or something, that does the same thing: write you a prescription for finasteride.
Damn, if your GP charges in bulk, your only expense might be the cost of the tablets… On top of that, talking with your GP is probably a much less stressful experience than many other hair loss treatment alternatives. , and they are also more likely to better understand your medical journey. Less bothersome, less pain in hip pockets? Sounds good to us.
Dr Santos’ point of view?
“When it comes to conditions like hair loss, GPs are a great place to start, but digital health services now offer patients an alternative way to seek treatment. Because treatments like finasteride and minoxidil have been clinically proven to help treat hair loss in men, digital health services may be an option for patients to connect online with licensed physicians to access the treatment. treatment in the comfort of their own home. (That at least covers the awkwardness factor.)
“All forms of health care are relevant in themselves, and having the flexibility to choose is a positive benefit for patients today. The health and safety of the patient should always be the top priority, regardless of the service chosen, and it is important to establish a relationship of trust between the healthcare provider and the patient.
“[But] Treatment for hair loss isn’t just about prescribing finasteride or recommending minoxidil – it’s about understanding each patient’s medical history, symptoms, and needs before coming up with a personalized treatment plan.
“If there is an underlying condition causing the hair loss, it needs to be treated first. Whether the patient chooses a digital health service over a specialist or general practitioner, it is important that they choose a doctor they can trust to manage their treatment through extensive medical checks and follow-ups throughout. long processing.
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Of course, the cheapest and easiest way to fight hair loss is to simply accept it as a fact of life. Maybe the answer is that we men need to be less concerned about hair loss.
“There is a lot of stigma surrounding men’s health issues like hair loss, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. But the reality is they’re all a lot more common than you might think, ”says Dr Santos.
“It would be nice to think that men can embrace baldness as part of their life, but unfortunately people sometimes associate self-esteem with looks. Making men’s health a socially acceptable topic of conversation will help break down the stigma surrounding sensitive topics such as hair loss, erectile dysfunction, and premature ejaculation.
This is why opportunities like Men’s Health Week are so important, because we still have a long way to go to normalize discussions about men’s physical (as well as mental) health in Australian society.