At Farjo, we believe in giving the correct advice to patients, even if it’s not a solution they are expecting, including perhaps not undertaking any treatment for the time being.
It is not uncommon for patients to first enter the Institute seeking a hair transplant. However, after a full appraisal of their condition, we may recommend non-surgical treatment if we believe it is a better approach, or in addition to surgery.
Non-surgical treatments can be used separately, in tandem or even as a complement to surgery to protect and strengthen the remaining hair, or to enhance the surgical result.
Finasteride (Propecia® and other brands) in tablet form is probably the most effective medicine for strengthening hair and arresting further loss. Another popular treatment is Minoxidil, widely known as Regaine which is applied as a foam or lotion.
Click on the individual medicines for more information, and how to order.
Low level laser therapy
If you bathe the scalp in light at a certain frequency (650 nm), it penetrates the skin, stimulating cells beneath to produce more protein. A key constituent of hair is keratin, derived from protein. Boosting protein production in the scalp strengthens the formation of keratin and the hair itself potentially leading to more bulk.
The light is beamed through small individual light sources within a band, helmet or cap or via a handheld device, such as a lasercomb. The technology works best on areas where hair is still present, but thinning. If the hair has thinned significantly beyond a certain point, then this technology is unlikely to be of significant benefit.
The combination of low level laser and Minoxidil can be quite effective in women, and in men who do not wish to use finasteride. Click on the link above for more information and how to order.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP)
PRP can be used in 2 different ways in relation to hair loss.
- to encourage hair growth and improve hair quality. We take a sample of a patient’s blood (similar to when you donate blood) and spin it in a centrifuge. This separates the platelets (type of blood cells) from the rest of the plasma to settle in concentrated form in the sample. This platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the patient’s scalp amongst the thinning hair to benefit hair growth. Similar to low level laser therapy, PRP is of most benefit in thinning areas of hair, but beyond a certain level of hair loss then it might be too late. Women tend to be more typical of the patient who benefits from this as they ‘thin’ rather than go bald. Typically, we need to do 3 treatments over a 3 month period. To maintain any tangible benefit, the patient will typically need 1-2 treatments per year.
- Alternatively, or additionally, PRP can be used to potentially accelerate healing and hair growth following a hair transplant. It may also serve to give strength to existing hairs if the transplant is being done in such an area. It is the same process as above, except it will be a one-off treatment where the PRP is injected into the recipient area of the transplant at the beginning of the procedure.
This is an area of the market where unfortunately you might see a lot of over promising and perhaps misselling. There is a definite place for these non-prescription products as part of your hair loss treatment regimen, as long as you appreciate it is more of a support role. They are also a very good option if the hair loss is at a very early stage, or the objective is to improve the quality of the existing hairs. The majority of them are suitable for both men and women.
At the Farjo Hair Institute, we are constantly looking at credible products and have made available to you a list of products that we feel comfortable with particularly the following:
HelpHair Shake and vitamins
Viviscal Pro Tablets
Florisene tablets, for iron-deficient women
Lamberts range of vitamins and supplements