Non-invasive, non-surgical hair loss treatments
Hair loss can be a troubling concern for many of us: we can lose self-confidence and have anxiety if we suffer from it.
In many cases, the more invasive types of hair replacement surgery are not appropriate or necessary.
We offer the following treatments for hair loss that are non-surgical and non-invasive:
- Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP)
- Low Level Light therapy.
If you call us to arrange a consultation, we will help you to choose the option that’s most suitable for treating your hair loss.
However, it may be that the practitioner recommends the best option for you would be hair transplant surgery. If that is the case, she will refer you to one our affiliated hair transplant surgeons, where you can discuss in more detail your need for a surgical approach to hair loss. The surgeon is likely to recommend one of the latest developments in the hair transplant surgery – the follicular unit extraction (non-scar) technique.
Finasteride – also known by the brand name Propecia – is a medication for the treatment of male pattern hair loss.
It is only approved for use as a treatment for men, not for women.
How should I take Finasteride?
During your consultation, our doctor will perform blood tests to make sure you do not have any conditions that prevent you from safely using Finasteride.
If you are prescribed this medication, you should follow all the directions on the label and not take either more or less than the recommended dose, or for longer than the time stated.
How long will it take before I see the results of Finasteride?
It may take 3 months or more before your symptoms improve.
You should keep using the medication as directed, and tell your doctor if your symptoms are not showing signs of improvement.
Do I need regular check-ups when taking Finasteride?
While using Finasteride, you may need frequent blood tests. We will also test your prostate specific antigen (PSA) to check for prostate cancer.
Are there any side effects?
Common side effects of taking Finasteride can include:
- loss of interest in sex
- trouble having orgasm
- abnormal ejaculation.
During your consultation, you will be able to discuss with the doctor all the possible side effects of taking Finasteride.
Minoxidil solution is a treatment that promotes hair growth in men and women who are experiencing gradually thinning hair, or gradual hair loss at the top of the head.
Minoxidil is a vasodilator – it dilates (opens) the blood vessels – and it is possible that by increasing blood flow it helps to improve hair follicle function and stimulate scalp hair growth.
We will need to discuss your medical history with you, during your consultation, before offering minoxidil treatment. This will help your practitioner to determine whether this treatment is right for you, as the minoxidil solution may adversely affect some medical conditions.
How do I use minoxidil?
You apply the minoxidil solution to dry hair with dry hands, and leave it on your scalp for 4 hours before washing.
When will I start to see results?
Temporary hair loss may continue for up to 2 weeks after you start using minoxidil solution. You must contact us if you continue to lose hair after 2 weeks.
You should start to see improvement within about 4 months. Please contact us if you see no improvement after 4 months.
Does minoxidil have any side effects?
As with most medicines, minoxidil can have side effects, even if these are very mild for most people.
Common side effects of minoxidil are:
- burning or irritated eyes
- itching, redness or irritation at the treated area
- unwanted hair growth elsewhere on the body.
Very rare, but more severe side effects and allergic reactions, include:
- rash, hives or itching
- difficulty breathing
- swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue
- chest pain or tightness
- dizziness or fainting
- fast heartbeat
- sudden, unexplained weight gain
- swollen hands or feet.
If you have more severe side effects, you must be report these to your doctor straight away.
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP)
Mesotherapy hair loss treatment for men and women is a ‘vitamin boost’ injection into the scalp to help improve its blood circulation.
Better circulation in the scalp means hair follicles are better nourished, which can improve hair re-growth.
Studies have shown that the naturally-occurring dihydrotestosterone (DHT) hormone is one of the factors that causes hair loss.
How is mesotherapy administered?
With mesotherapy treatment, we usually make the injections with a specially-designed ‘meso gun’, rather than injecting by hand.
This helps to make the treatment quicker minimises any chance of pain of discomfort.
How many sessions will I need?
For hair loss, you may need as many as 5 sessions of mesotherapy, over a period of 4 to 6 months, before you see significant results.
During your consultation, we will advise you whether your particular condition needs more or fewer treatments than this.
Will I need any other treatments with mesotherapy?
Mesotherapy treatments work best if you are following a healthy diet and exercise program, to eliminate toxins.
Low Level Light therapy
Low level light (LLL) therapy is considered a major part of the non-surgical approach to hair loss.
It involves wearing a cap (which you can buy from the clinic) that stimulates hair growth, via red light emitted from laser diodes inside the cap. The red light is absorbed by the skin and hair cells.
According to medical literature, LLL therapy will:
- increase blood flow and stop hair loss in 85% of cases
- stimulate new hair growth in 55% of cases.
Does it hurt?
LLL therapy does not cause any pain, burning or scarring to the skin.
How often do I wear the cap?
Generally, wearing the cap as often and as long as possible is the most advantageous.
However, during your consultation the practitioner will give you more specific advice about the amount of time and frequency that will achieve the best results for you.