Medical Treatments for Hair Loss
PRP & PRF Treatment London
Platelet Rich Plasma and Platelet Rich Fibrin therapy, commonly known as PRP & PRF treatment, is a non-surgical technique to help promote hair growth and skin rejuvenation. PRP works by separating a highly concentrated plasma containing platelets and growth factors, all derived from your own blood. This treatment dates back many years, and has been proven to promote quicker tissue regeneration. The plasma solution containing PRF is then reinserted into the areas of need, allowing faster and strong regeneration of the hair follicles. All of our PRP therapies in London contain PRF which results in a longer acting version of regular PRP treatment.
Stem Cell Nanofat Treatment London
Stem Cell hair loss treatment is a pioneering injectable which offers Nanofat combined with PRP and PRF. Essentially, the Nanofat is liquidised abdominal fat which contains a high concentration of stem cells. Once the Nanofat is mixed with PRP and PRF, this forms a highly active product which can stimulate hair volume. Stem Cells improve the effectiveness of PRP injections by ”supercharging” the result with a richer concentration leading to a more powerful and longer lasting effect. Contact us today for more details on Stem Cell hair loss treatment in London.
Finasteride, also branded as Propecia or Proscar, is currently the most effective FDA licensed drug for treating hair loss today, and has been since 1997. It has proven to slow, stop or even reverse hair loss in up to 81 % of men. The medication works by blocking the formation of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) from testosterone, which has been identified as the main culprit for male pattern baldness. The medication’s benefits were stumbled upon by happy accident in the early 1990’s. It was originally approved in 1992 to treat enlarged prostate in men, where men with thinning hair showed signs of regrowth. In most cases the medication typically halts further recession, or vastly slows it down. The longer it is used the better. In each year after the first twelve months there continues to be an improvement.
Avodart (Dutasteride) and Propecia (Finasteride) are both enzyme 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors which greatly suppresses the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone. Whilst Dutasteride inhibits both type I and type II 5-alpha-reductase, Finasteride inhibits only the type II enzyme. As both isoenzymes are present in hair follicles, it is often believed that Dutasteride is more effective than Finasteride to strengthen, and possibly regrow hair.
Saw Palmetto tablets could be a herbal alternative to Finasteride or Dutasteride, or be used in combination with. Saw Palmetto berries may inhibit 5-alpha-reductase, the enzyme responsible for converting testosterone to dihydrotestosterone. Research is thin, though one study has shown its ability to treat enlarged prostate in men, meaning the extract could potentially halt or slow down hair loss. The active components of Saw Palmetto, that block the enzyme, work in a similar way as Finasteride & Dutasteride.
Minoxidil, also known as Regaine solution, was also discovered by happy accident in the 1980’s, when the medication was initially used to treat high blood pressure. Many patients noted hair growth all over, hence why the solution was localised to the scalp. Minoxidil works by dilating the blood vessels, which promotes more blood flow to the follicles, thus creating healthier stronger hair over time. When used in conjunction with Finasteride for men, the two medications can be very effective, as they work in very different but complementary ways.
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) as an adjunct to regular hair loss medication may further stimulate hair follicles to grow thicker and fuller over time. LLLT diodes emit low-power-coherent monochromatic red light to help stimulate hair growth. The main theory of LLLT works by stimulating the epidermal stem cells in the hair follicle bulge, thus shifting the follicle to the anagen growth phase again.