HAIR LOSS SYMPTOMS
Common symptoms of male hair loss
The symptoms of male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) show up differently for different people, including a receding hairline or thinning on other areas of the scalp.
If left untreated, symptoms of male hair loss can worsen to take the form of a horseshoe.
Awareness of the early signs of hair loss is essential to seek the best treatment for your individual needs. Learn more about treatment options with hub.health.
Get fast and convenient access to hair loss treatment.
Understanding the appearance of hair loss symptoms
Hair loss can occur in patches or over the entire scalp. Depending on the cause of hair loss, early signs of hair loss to look out for include gradual hair thinning, receding hairline, balding scalp, sudden loosening of hair, and scaling of the scalp.
Beginning as hair thinning at the temples or hair receding along the hairline, male pattern baldness continues to take the shape of a bald spot on the crown of the head.
The signs of hair loss
As a man, hair plays an essential role in one’s self-image. So, the experience of hair loss can be psychologically damaging, often leading to personal, social, and work-related problems. By being aware of the first signs of hair loss, regrowing hair is possible while preventing further hair loss.
More hair is falling out than usual
Losing between 50 and 100 strands of hair per day is normal, so spotting a few loose hairs on your pillow usually isn’t anything to phone the doctor about.
If you start to notice excessive shedding, or more hair falling out than what is expected, however, it’s a good idea to chat with your doctor about the best hair loss treatments and products.
Although it can be alarming to notice the first stages of hair loss, it’s important to remind yourself that there are effective treatments available to prevent shedding in the future.
Your hairline is starting to recede
A receding hairline is one of the first signs of hair loss.
Beginning as hair thinning around the temples, a receding hairline will gradually spread over time to resemble an “M” shape along the forehead. A receding hairline is one of the most noticeable signs of hair loss that men will try to disguise with creative hair styling techniques and headwear.
With several clinically proven hair loss treatments now available, wearing a hat 24/7 is no longer the best way to treat hair loss in men.
The scalp becomes more visible
Male pattern baldness is a genetic condition that typically worsens with age. Hence baldness typically correlates with older generations of men.
Once a full head of hair reveals bald spots on the scalp, that hair loss will likely continue to the point where the remaining hair resembles a horseshoe shape.
The sooner hair loss is treated, the higher the chance of regrowing hair.
When to seek help for male pattern hair loss
Primarily the result of family history and increasing age, male pattern baldness affects up to 50% of men at some stage in life. See your doctor if you notice:
- Sudden hair loss
- Hair thinning
- Hair balding
- Random bald spots
- More hair loss than usual when combing or washing your hair
- Distress or anxiety caused by hair loss
- Other symptoms alongside hair loss
It’s time to look after your health
Frequently asked questions
hub.health uses a secure digital health platform to provide discreet, convenient, and affordable access to hair loss treatment from an Australian based clinician, all from the privacy of your home.
After completing the online questionnaire, your assigned clinician will determine if you’re a candidate for hair loss treatment. If you’re successful, we’ll organise fast delivery to your door (we’ll even manage your repeats when they’re due). If your clinician identifies a potential risk in issuing hair loss treatment, they’ll likely refer you to an in-person GP for further review.
hub.health doctors issue prescription medication to treat male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia). Prescription hair loss medication helps to maintain current hair volume while preventing further loss and potentially regrowing hair in areas where it has been lost.
Our doctors may also prescribe non-prescription treatments as a topical or capsule treatment, which has been proven as one of the most effective treatments for hair regrowth. Your hair loss treatment will be specifically tailored to you, so make sure you don’t share with anyone else, even if they claim to have the same condition as you.
In one study, 90% of men who used prescription medication either maintained their hair volume or noticed improvements in hair growth. 40% of men who used Minoxidil 5% non-prescription experienced an increase in hair growth.
As per the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) guidelines, it’s important to emphasise:
No hair loss treatment will completely reverse the process
The response to treatment is quite variable
Some people will not respond to particular treatments.
The likelihood of hair loss treatment not working boils down to consistency. If you start and stop or skip days of treatment, your treatment will be less effective. It may even stop working altogether. If after 2-4 months you haven’t achieved results, consult with your doctor. There may be an underlying reason why treatment hasn’t been effective, and a professional will help you identify and address this.
All medications carry a risk of side effects. For hair loss treatment, potential side effects include:
- Decreased sexual desire (low libido)
- Inability to develop or maintain an erection (erectile dysfunction)
- Testicular pain or discomfort
- Problems related to ejaculation, such as changes to ejaculatory volume
- Mood changes or depression
No, our clinicians don’t need to see photos to prescribe your hair treatment. We include hair loss examples in the questionnaire for you to choose which most accurately aligns with your hair loss.
Hair loss treatment programs can take 3 to 6 months of daily use for visible changes to occur, and up to one year for maximum results. Like all medications, results vary from person to person based on individual circumstances.
A clinician will review your assessment and respond within 24 hours. In most cases it will be much sooner than this.
Once your treatment has been paid for, we will ship with express delivery to anywhere in Australia, meaning your package should arrive within 1-3 days. Your product is shipped in an Australia Post package, which means it will be completely discreet.
Of course! If you log into your profile and head to the ‘Products’ tab, you will see a ‘Manage Treatment’ button. Click this and you’ll see the ability to send a message to your clinician. If you’re having any issues, just drop us a line at [email protected]
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