There are countless remedies available for hair loss, from scientifically developed medication to the less reliable old wives’ tales promising to restore luscious locks to the head.
But with so many options and such conflicting advice, it can be hard to know what to do for the best. Here, we offer our top 3 treatments for slowing down and masking hair loss.
At Farjo, we may prescribe Finasteride, which you might know as Propecia. This tablet is the most effective medicine for strengthening existing hair and slowing further hair loss. Many patients elect to take a course of Propecia before having hair transplant surgery, and continue with it afterwards. Minoxidil, better known as Regaine, is applied as a foam or lotion to the scalp to stabilise the existing hair, and may promote hair growth. It’s available in various concentrations over the counter, or directly from us.
It might sound like something from a James Bond movie, but using laser beams on the scalp has been proven to improve the condition of hair, making it look thicker and less likely to fall out. It works by stimulating cells beneath the scalp to produce more protein.
This therapy involves using a patient’s own blood, which is spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets and plasma from the red blood cells, before the concentrated platelet rich plasma is injected into the scalp. This kind of therapy is already widely used in the sporting world to promote healing and has been shown to benefit hair regrowth.
Dr Bessam Farjo said: “Realising that your hairline is thinning can be a stomach-jolting moment and many people – men and women – quickly start to search for a miracle cure. There is a gigantic industry devoted to selling people with hair loss products that won’t work and simply don’t need, when in actual fact the most effective treatments are not ones which can be bought from the corner shop or made at home from avocados, for example!
“The important thing when noticing worsening hair loss is to act quickly and seek professional advice. The sooner you start using a preventative therapy like those above, the better, as you’ll be working to protect the hair which is left. Don’t waste your time and money on quick fixes or old wives’ tales when it’s actually things like medications, low level laser therapy or platelet rich plasma therapy that can make a real difference.”