Hair Loss Treatments
HAIR LOSS TREATMENTS – ORAL AND TOPICAL
There are many hair loss treatments on the market today. Consequently, seek professional advice before starting any medication or hair loss treatments. Treatments for hair loss can vary depending on gender. Therefore, a treatment for men may not be suitable for a woman. The American Food & Drug Administration (FDA) have approved two hair loss treatments. These hair loss treatments come in both oral and topical form. There are many male and female hair loss conditions. Diagnosis will identify the hair loss condition. As a result, treatment will also vary. It’s important for the Doctor to understand the patient’s expectations. To ensure the correct choice of hair loss treatment. Treatment results will vary from person to person. As a result, no specific result can be promised or implied.
Propecia® or Proscar®
Tha hair loss treatment is a 1mg prescription only tablet. Used to slow down hair loss in men. This treatment is a DHT inhibitor. Approved for use in cases of male pattern baldness, androgenic alopecia.
Testosterone, the male hormone, is not as such the cause of hair loss. But once converted the testosterone forms DHT. This male hormone bi-product is considered the trigger for male hair loss. DHT is the result of an enzyme 5-Alpha-Reductase combining with testosterone. The DHT inhibitor blocks this enzyme. As a result, much less DHT is naturally produced in the body.
This DHT blocker is different to any medication. Consequently, it’s not 100% successful for everyone. Results will vary from person to person. The question for many men is will it work? How well can the hair loss treatment control hair loss. Will it stabilise future thinning. Also, importantly for many will it improve the quality of hair over the head. Can the treatment increase hair thickness?
Before FDA approval is given many studies have to be completed. One study reported 83% of male users taking the DHT blocker after starting the treatment. Furthermore, 66% of the men noticed hair regrowth.
Always discuss treatment with a medical professional before starting. Side effects are a condition of medications. Not every user though will suffer from one or any of the effects. Adverse effects of the DHT blocker include a loss of libido. Potentially, a reduced ability to develop and maintain an erection, and a decrease in ejaculate.
Minoxidil is available over the counter. Without the need of a prescription. FDA approved concentrations are 2% or 5%. For female and male hair loss conditions respectively. In tests the most benefit was achieved between the first 5 months to 2 years. Thereafter benefits can plateau or potentially reduce. Minoxidil needs to be used continuously to remain effective. As a result, hair preserved by Minoxidil use will shed once the medication is stopped.
Topical minoxidil dilates or widens the blood vessels in the top of the scalp. As a result, improving nutritional support to the hair follicles. This can result in thicker hair growth. Hair growth can be helped by an improved anagen phase. A longer anagen phase results in longer hair and potentially more hair growth over the head. Although the exact physiological basis for these effects remains unknown. It has been shown to be safe and effective when used as recommended. According to Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology in General Medicine, studies have shown that “up to 60% of men show improvement in vertex balding. The study went on to report, “…with a mean increase in hair density of 10-12%.”
Minoxidil is approved to be used in lotion and foam form. Applied to the scalp. Initially twice daily, morning and afternoon. Some users may experience a hair shed in the first one or two months of use. This is a normal side effect. The majority of male and female users will see improvements around three months of starting minoxidil.
MEDICATION PRICING GUIDE
As the Hair Dr is dedicated to providing the best quality hair treatments, each client is given an individual care plan which is tailored to their needs and requirements. As all cases are treated individually, we can only offer a general pricing overview on our website.
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£35 per month or
£400 for a 12 month supply
£35 per month or
£400 for a 12 month supply