Thinning Hair

Thinning hair is something that happens to everyone as we age.

Restoring some of the volume loss in the lip area can result in a rejuvenated, fresher and happier appearance.

In some people – both male and female – it can happen prematurely in either a male pattern or female pattern hair loss. There are a number of treatments available that can help, although the most effective treatment will depend very much on your own circumstances, as well as your sex. In general, treatments are most effective for men suffering from hair loss although that is not to say there is no help at all for females.

Non-surgical treatments for thinning hair:

Medication

There are two drugs that are widely considered to be effective in treating hair loss in men. The first is finasteride, which blocks the hormone responsible for men losing their hair. This drug is available commercially as ‘Propecia’. It is thought to be effective in stopping hair loss for up to 80% of men who take it. The second is called minoxidil, which is a solution that is applied to the scalp twice per day available commercially as ‘Regaine’ and it can be used for both men and women.

Platelet Rich Plasma

Vampire Therapy: This is a new technique in which a blood sample is removed from your arm. The blood sample is then processed in a centrifuge, before the plasma and growth factors are removed and re-injected into the scalp. The treatment is performed once per month for three months, followed by a maintenance session every 3 to 6 months thereafter. There is a growing amount of evidence that this can increase both the number of hair follicles growing, as well as thickening the individual hair follicles. It is suitable for both men and women.

Strip Hair Transplants

In this procedure a strip of hair is removed from the back of the head. Individual follicular units are then dissected under the microscope and replanted to the top of the head. This procedure tends to be most effective for men, since they normally retain good density of hair at the back of the head as opposed to women who tend to go thin all over. This procedure is becoming less common now, due to the rise of the less invasive version called FUE (follicular unit extraction).

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Surgical treatments for thinning hair include:

FUE Hair Transplant

In this procedure the back of the head is shaved and individual hair follicles are extracted using a small punch. The follicles are then replaced on to the top / front of the head. Because this avoids leaving a straight line scar around the back of the head, it is gradually replacing the traditional strip method of hair transplant.

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