Hair Loss Treatment
Hair loss can hugely undermine your confidence. No matter how young or old you are, a receding hairline, hair loss or thinning hair can make anyone self-conscious.
To compensate for baldness and hide their thinning hair, people may start letting the rest of their hair grow longer, wear hats, wigs or even turn to hair extensions. What many women and men don’t know is that along with stressful lifestyles and illness, hair extensions can cause hair loss. More of us are beginning to become aware of the increasing number of treatments and solutions on offer to treat hair loss – medication, shampoos, lotions, dietary supplements and restoration methods such as hair regrowth factors and PRP .
Whether you have just started to notice hair thinning and would like some advice on how to prevent further hair loss, or if you are already experiencing baldness and considering a hair regrowth, our team will be able to provide the most effective and suitable treatment for you.
Types of Hair loss
Alopecia is the loss of hair from the scalp, face, body or all three. Approximately forty-six types of Alopecia exist and most of them are a symptom of illness or changes in body chemistry. Fortunately, nearly all are curable and with the right Alopecia treatment, hair nearly always grows back. Diagnosis is essential, as this will give a very strong indication of the prognosis or likely outcome.
Alopecia affects males and females and can vary in appearance from tiny random bald patches to total baldness. Although the condition does not cause the sufferer any physical pain, it can be the source of deep emotional distress.
Alopecia can be:
- Congenital – Acquired from birth
- Genetic – Inherited from parents
- Acquired – Caused by some outside factor
- Latrogenic – Drug induced
- Cicatricial – Follicles destroyed by scarring
- Post natal – Following childbirth
- Traction – From continuous pulling
This is a common condition, where normal hair growth is interspersed with totally bald, round or oval patches. It often begins in childhood and reoccurs throughout a person’s lifetime, but rarely affects the elderly.
In most cases, the condition is confined to one or two spots, but it can spread and become Alopecia Totalis, where the entire scalp becomes bald.
Alopecia Universalis is an even more distressing, but rare condition where the hair is lost on the head, face and body.
The health of our hair and scalp is equally important as our face. However, we subject our hair (and scalp) to UV exposure, harsh chemical treatments and hair products that irritate the scalp. Over time, the scalp may develop conditions like dryness, oiliness, eczema, acne, and pimples which may lead to hair loss. In addition, more people are suffering from scalp and hair problems due to stress, poor sleeping habits, and unhealthy lifestyle.
If it’s topped with a crown of thinning, weak hair, what’s the point in having a smooth, flawless skin? People do not seek medical help very often until it is in an advanced stage of hair loss. When that happens, it is often more challenging to treat and encourage healthy hair growth.
Hair care starts from the scalp. It is better to pay more attention to care for the scalp for healthy hair growth.
At CLEO Clinic we provide a full range of treatment for hair loss including prescription medication , Hair regrowth factor , photo modulation and also PRP hair regrowth therapy . PRP THERAPY is an intense skin healing treatment that repairs and deeply rejuvenates the scalp from the inside. Unlike other conventional scalp treatments that manage the superficial condition and provide symptomatic relief, PRP Therapy aims to strengthen the scalp and provide an ideal foundation for thicker, healthier hair to grow.
Hair Loss that affects most men during their lifetime. In most cases this type of hair loss is gradual, developing over a period of 20 to 30 years. However younger men can also be affected, and in extreme cases men can completely lose their hair by their early twenties. The rate of hair loss depends on a personal’s genetic disposition and pattern baldness also affects women.
The first signs of male pattern baldness are a receding hairline at the front of the head, and thinning of the hair on top. This progresses to a bald patch developing on the top of the head, which gradually enlarges. Over time the area of hair loss extends to cover most of the scalp, leaving in some cases a rim of hair around the back and sides. This rim then thins in some men to leave them completely hairless.
The earlier male pattern baldness is treated, the better the chances of preventing full hair loss. Male pattern baldness contact us now to arrange your free consultation in our London clinic.
The Cause of Male Pattern Baldness
Hair is made in hair follicles under the surface of the skin. A healthy hair will normally grow for about three years before falling out and being replaced by a new hair.
In cases of male pattern baldness, this cycle of growth and regrowth is disrupted by the affect of hormones on the hair follicles.
Testosterone, a hormone produced by both men and women is converted to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. DHT attaches itself to the hair follicles and causes them to become smaller. As the follicle shrinks, each hair grows thinner than the previous one, and the hair grows for less time than normal before falling out. Eventually the follicle becomes so small that there is only a thin tip of hair left that no longer grows out to the skin surface.
What is female pattern hair loss?
Androgenetic alopecia or female pattern baldness is the most common form of hair loss found in women today. It is similar to the common form of hair loss suffered by males and known as male pattern baldness, manifesting itself in an equally predicable but different way. The condition can be very difficult for most women to accept since a large part of a woman’s identity is tied up in her hair. A woman’s hair plays a central and pivotal role in the way she is perceived by others and in her perception of herself, so to start losing it, can be very worrying.
Who does female pattern baldness affect?
1 in 4 women suffer from female pattern hair loss. It is a condition resulting from the parental gene pool. If both a woman’s parents carry the hair loss gene it is quite likely that she will suffer from female pattern hair loss.
What are the symptoms?
Just as male pattern baldness follows a distinctive pattern, so does female pattern baldness. A female sufferer will notice a diffuse thinning of her across the entirety of her scalp initially, followed by the development of a bald patch running from the front of her scalp, in a quite straight line, to the back of her head, as if following the line of a central parting. In time, this bald line will expand to the left and right until, eventually she is left bald.
What causes female pattern hair loss?
Female pattern baldness is caused by inherited genetic influences and an over production of the male hormone testosterone. Female pattern hair loss may begin as early as puberty. In these cases if there are signs of hormone imbalance, such as excess facial or body hair, a hormone check should be carried out.
Is it treatable?
In many cases female pattern baldness is treatable; the key is to catch it early and to treat it early . Our treatments have been specifically formulated to stabilise the hair root. They will strengthen the hair follicles and stimulate blood flow in the scalp. Tailored to suit each woman’s individual needs, our treatments will stop further hair loss and in many cases, result in hair re-growth.
There are many reasons why a person, male or female, may experience thinning hair. The important thing to note is that this does not necessarily have to lead to hair loss or baldness. True, if nothing is done about it, then the chances are it will, but as with most things, given right and timely treatment, the trend can be slowed, halted and in many cases, reversed.
Over half the population will, at some stage in their lives experience thinning hair and you only have to look around in a crowd, to realise just how common an issue this is. You will see that there are those who do what they can to hide the fact that they are losing their hair, and there are those who simply accept it as a normal part of the aging process. Some will wear hats or headscarves and some will adopt different hairstyles to accommodate it. Some will embrace it while others will seek treatment to arrest it.
Key to the successful treatment of hair thinning and the prevention of men or women’s hair loss, is swift action taken at the appropriate time. The earlier you respond to it, the better your chances are of reversing the process and maintaining a full head of hair.
The process of going bald can be split into three distinct sections. These are thinning hair, hair loss and baldness. The process begins with hair shedding, and it is at this stage, at the very beginning of the process, that retaining treatments are at their most effective. Do not ignore the issue or hope it will sort itself out; there is every chance it will get worse.
Thinning hair can be seen in both men and women and in fact, in females it forms a representative part of what’s known as female pattern baldness. The pattern of baldness in females is different to that in males in that, in females the full head of hair goes through a shedding process, resulting in an overall thinning of what is still, a full head of hair. Male pattern baldness, on the other hand, is characterised by full baldness occurring in patches across the scalp.
Hair thinning is the result of a reduction in the size of the hair follicle and this is caused by there being too much Dihydrotestosterone present in the blood. DHT attaches to the hair follicle, reducing the size of the follicular aperture and this results in the hair being squeezed, leading to a thinner shaft. The more the hair is squeezed, the thinner the shaft becomes until it is eventually choked off.
It is recommended that hair shedding should be treated as early as possible because as has just been described, it is progressive. With each growth cycle, from Anagen to Catagen and through to Telogen, the affected hair follicle will reduce in width, until it is no longer sustainable and the hair falls out. Catch it early and you halt this progression.
Hair Loss Medication – Medication is designed to help manage hair loss and slow its process – it is best suited for those who are experiencing early signs of hair loss or, for those in later stages, in combination with a hair regrowth treatment . Minoxidil and Finasteride (Propecia) are the only two currently approved solutions and each work in different ways.
Minoxidil – is thought to work by widening blood vessels and potassium channels, thus allowing more nutrients, oxygen and blood to the hair follicle and encouraging healthy hair growth.
Finasteride – available as either Propecia® or Proscar® – is only available through prescription. For men suffering from male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia), it works by preventing testosterone being converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone which causes hair to fall out. According to statistics, there is an 80% to 90% possibility of slowing or stopping hair loss using the Finasteride.
However such medications is best taken after assessment and recommendation by a medical professional dosage and indiacations varies for different tyes of hair loss .
It is a local treatment to stop and improve androgenetic alopecia. It consists of microinjections with antiandrogen drugs on the scalp to reach the hair root directly. Dutasteride is the most used drug in this therapy, due to its higher long-term efficacy.
Mesotherapy with duasteride on the scalp delivers high concentrations of the drug next to the hair root. This approach allows for the reduction of oral medication with finasteride or dutasteride. Scientific studies of mesotherapy with dutasteride have no traces of the medication in blood tests, with no serum hormonal changes .
After the procedure, the patient could notice a sensitive area on the scalp. Two or four hours after the local anesthesia is applied, they might feel mild pain that can be stopped with oral analgesics. However, not feeling pain is the norm. Local inflammation is very rare, when it appears is mild and painless. It is related to the volume of liquid injected and it disappears after 24-48h.
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) for hair loss is a treatment involving taking a small quantity of blood from a patient, separating out the growth factors and bioactive proteins in the blood (which initiate and speed up tissue repair and regeneration) and injecting this platelet rich plasma into the scalp, to encourage hair growth. Also known as autologous platelet rich plasma this treatment is not yet widely available. While there have not been sufficient validated clinical studies proving the treatment, there is enough evidence indicating that some patients can benefit from PRP for hair loss.
It can improve scalp conditions, aims to thicken healthy hair growth without the need of oral medication and achieve effective hair growth at the cellular level.
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) for hair loss is a safe treatment with no risk of infectious disease transmission as it is prepared in closed circuit from the patient’s own blood (autologous product). As PRP is prepared from patient’s own blood, adverse reactions are rare. Patients may experience slight redness and swelling.
Patients are advised not to wash their hair or scalp for 24 hours following treatment. Most people find the treatment isn’t painful, however if there is some discomfort paracetamol can help.
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Dr. Raimie Bin Rahmad
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) – MMA
Professional Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine
Specializes in non invasive aesthetic treatments including dermal fillers , thread lifting and anti wrinkles treatments.
Dr. Tan Choy Ling
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) – MMA
Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology in Clinical Practice – University of South Wales, UK
Professional Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine – AAA
Specializes in non invasive aesthetic treatments with an interest in skin diseases and acne treatments.