Male pattern baldness affects approximately 20% of men in their 20s, 30% in their 30s, 40% in their 40s and so on. Those men that still have a thick head of hair in their later middle years are most certainly in the minority.
There are various scientific hypotheses about why some men go bald. One study concluded that in the distant past being bald offered distinct genetic advantages - a lack of hair being associated with the highly desirable characteristics of wisdom, leadership, and virility. In stark contrast, today premature baldness is linked with depression and social anxiety. Plus, the propensity of males to bury rather face up to their worries about hair loss can leave them very vulnerable, and the effects can be quite literally debilitating.
Myths abound regarding the root (excuse the pun) causes of male pattern baldness - including an excess of testosterone, or an inheritance from the maternal line. In actual fact, baldness is triggered by a testosterone sensitivity. In short, testosterone is converted by an enzyme into dihydrotestosterone, a substance that triggers a reaction in the follicle which then reduces in size and eventually falls out. This tendency is inherited but could be from either the maternal, paternal - or indeed both - sides of your family.
Up until fairly recently, the only treatments available to men suffering from baldness were based on old wives' tales. Sufferers were advised to massage a variety of weird substances into their scalps (from cayenne pepper to snake oil to a raw onion!), to hang upside down, to stop wearing hats, to meditate or to apply heat.
Today, thankfully, there has been a seismic shift in both attitudes to and treatments for combating Male Pattern Baldness - and men everywhere are discovering the many benefits of professional hair loss treatment in a state-of-the-art hair clinic.
A cutting-edge FUE hair transplant in London can transform your appearance and restore your confidence, leading to a new lease of life. Thankfully, hair loss treatment has evolved - and there is no longer any need at all to suffer in silence. Purveyors of snake oil - your time is up!