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of men will experience appreciable hair loss by age 35.
To bald or not to bald...
We like to mull this question over. But if you think a full head of hair will contribute to your overall quality of life, then it’s good to be decisive. Because the earlier you start, the more effective the results.
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Put Your Hair Where Your Head Is
We support the most commonly prescribed medical treatments in Canada for male pattern baldness.
Also known as “androgenic alopecia,” male pattern baldness appears in the form of a receding hairline, complemented by progressive thinning at the crown of the head. It affects nearly half of all men by age 50.Symptoms
Male pattern baldness typically develops by affecting both the front and top of the scalp. As the hair above the temples begins to recede, hair at the crown starts to thin. As hair loss progresses, the bald patch at the crown meets the hairline, leaving a rim of hair at the sides and rear of the head in a “horseshoe” pattern.
Though not generally a sign of any serious medical problem, male pattern baldness has been linked with other conditions, including an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease.Causes
Male pattern hair loss is thought to be due to a combination of genetics and the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Certain genes passed on may affect how sensitive your hair follicles are to DHT, which makes them shrink. As follicles shrink, hair tends to grow back thinner and more slowly. Eventually, no hair grows at all.
Aside from simply accepting the condition—a perfectly good choice, we might add!—treatments include finasteride/Propecia®, minoxidil/Rogaine®, and hair transplant surgery.
Finasteride is an orally administered pill that functions by preventing the conversion of testosterone to DHT in various tissues, including the scalp. Minoxidil is applied topically and functions by dilating small blood vessels.
Hair transplant surgery reassigns hair from places you do have hair to places you don’t.
Our patient care process for Hair Loss treatment is overseen by our medical director Dr. Kelly Anderson. Learn more about our growing medical leadership team here.
Finasteride is an orally administered pill that functions by preventing the conversion of testosterone into a follicle-shrinking androgen called dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
Hair loss treatments can work to preserve hair and may even regrow hair.
Finasteride is generally recognized as the most effective therapies for treating male pattern baldness.
Increased hair on the scalp can be seen within three months of starting treatment and longer-term studies have demonstrated increased hair on the scalp at 24 and 48 months with continued use. In one study, Finasteride was effective at stopping hair loss in 83% of men compared to 28% for the placebo group.
Effectiveness only persists as long as the drug is taken.
Note: Finasteride typically works better to prevent further hair loss than to regrow lost hair.
As with any prescription medication, side effects may occur.
For the vast majority of patients, finasteride works without causing side effects. However, some men may experience a reaction. Read our important safety information to learn more about possible side effects. If you experience any side effects while taking finasteride, talk to your doctor.
Absolutely. The hair loss assessment you will complete via Felix requires you to upload photos of your hairline for the doctor or nurse practitioner to review. These photos, along with the other medical information you provide, will be sufficient for the doctor or nurse practitioner to determine whether or not you are eligible for a prescription as well as craft an appropriate treatment plan. Though unlikely, the doctor or nurse practitioner may follow up with some questions via secure chat (we’ll ping you via email if there are any messages in your inbox).
Currently, telemedicine-style appointments are not covered in Ontario, so you will be charged a one-time $40 medical consultation fee for your assessment by a healthcare practitioner. Fortunately, the resulting prescription is good for 12 months, and the cost of your actual medication and fill fee are covered in accordance with your private insurance plan.