Available Treatments For Treatment Of Hair Loss
Topical Hair Loss Solution
Minoxidil, applied topically, is widely used for the treatment of hair loss. It is effective in helping promote hair growth in people with androgenic alopecia regardless of sex. About 40% of men experience hair regrowth after 3–6 months. Minoxidil must be used indefinitely for continued support of existing hair follicles and the maintenance of any experienced hair regrowth. The Hair Clinic has formulated its own Topical Hair Loss Solution inclusive of Minoxidil.
Oral Hair Stimulating Medication
Finesteride is an oral medication that works by blocking the conversion of testosterone to DHT. The hair follicles are then not affected by DHT and can enlarge back to normal. About two in three men who take Finasteride every day experience some hair re-growth. Finesteride must be used indefinitely for continued support of existing hair follicles and the maintenance of any experienced hair regrowth.
Many peer review studies and papers have been written underpinning the importance of positive Lifestyle Changes to improve hair condition, growth and conversely diminish hair loss. below is a summary of the most important.
1. Eat a well balanced diet and in particular avoid highly processed carbohydrate diets which induces release of insulin from the pancreas. The release of insulin stimulates an increase in free testosterone levels and concomitantly increases DHT levels resulting in hair loss.
2. Get your body fit and active. The middle age spread can lead to insulin resistance as sugar uptake becomes impaired, consequentially output of insulin is increased to deal with poor sugar control, this becomes a downward spiral cascading into increasing levels insulin, free testosterone, DHT and ultimately hair loss.
3. Get your mind fit and active. Reduce stress levels as increased cortisol levels, a stress hormone, has been identified as a modulator of hair loss, and in conjunction with other substances can cause depigmentation of hair follicles (turning grey).
4. Smoking, avoid or stop! Smoking accelerates hair loss.
5. Consider further dietary supplementation.
6. Manage reversible causes such as hair loss due to dandruff or fungal scalp irritations, with topical antifungal shampoos.
Red Light Therapy
The hair growth cycle consists of three phases: growth (anagen phase), resting (telogen phase) and shedding (catagen phase). Hair loss in androgenetic alopecia depends on a testosterone derivative in the skin, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Low level laser therapy increases blood flow in the scalp and stimulate metabolism in catagen or telogen follicles, resulting in the production of anagen hair.
In theory: The photons of light act on cytochrome C oxidase leading to the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). This is converted to cyclic AMP in the hair follicle cells, releasing energy and stimulating metabolic processes necessary for hair growth. Release of nitric oxide from cells leads to increased vascularisation to the scalp distributing nutrients and oxygen to the hair roots.
Excessive build-up of DHT is prevented.
PRP Platelet Rich Plasma & Needling
The use of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is not new; it has long been recognized for it’s accelerated wound healing properties in such applications as surgery and sports injuries. This technology is now being used for cosmetic enhancement. PRP is a bio active stimulator using cells derived from your own blood, these are then re-injected or needled into the scalp to stimulate cells.
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Please refer to PRP Hair Growth® Data Information supplied for evidence based studies of PRP Hair Growth® Outcomes.