Never has the average hair loss sufferer had more treatments to choose from in order to regain their crowning glory. There’s everything from transplants to onion application, caffeine shampoos to pill-pop-able plant and animal extracts, potions to toupees. However, not one of these methods has any clinical or scientific evidence to prove they are either safe or effective in treating hair loss. Hair pieces and transplants have been used effectively by some, to an extent, but you wouldn’t wear a wig if you’ve still got hair – you’d want to stop it falling and make it grow again. And surely there’s a safer, more appealing way to restore hair than moving follicles about your head like it was a garden. Actually there are three tried and true ways that are much safer, effective and even cheaper to restore hair.
If you’re a man and can remember to take one tablet a day, then Propecia is worth considering. It is approved by the FDA specifically for the treatment of male pattern hair loss and known to be the most effective individual treatment for male hair loss. Propecia stops the process of hair loss by blocking the formation of DHT in the scalp – the cause of male pattern baldness – and studies show it can even regenerate hair growth in about two-thirds of cases. It has also been found to have beneficial effects on the prostate gland, perhaps decreasing the risk of cancer. Propecia’s Side effects are minimal but can include lack of desire for sex, difficulty in getting an erection and a decrease in the amount of semen. Less than two percent of men experience such side effects which resolve on discontinuing use. Propecia is metabolised in the liver and leaves the system in seven days.
Propecia is the only official hair loss treatment which is not recommended for women. Plenty of hair loss products will promote themselves as a solution to female hair loss but there is currently only one product that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of female hair loss. Minoxidil was the first drug to be approved by the FDA for the treatment of hair loss and has proven a safe and effective option for both men and women. Minoxidil is a topical hair restoration agent, the exact mechanisms of how it induces hair growth are not known but it appears to increase follicular proliferation directly by interacting with the hair life-cycle, stimulating a telogen (rest) to anagen (growth) transition, delaying the onset of telogen and enlarging the dermal papilla (the very base of the hair follicle) to allow for thicker hair to be produced. Again, side effects are minimal and mainly dermatological. Rashes, headaches, mild facial hair growth and palpitations are experienced in less than four percent of users but again, the side effects stop after discontinuing use of the medication.
The HairMax Laser Comb is the latest FDA-approved hair loss product. It is a low-level laser light device which is an economical, home-use treatment that works to promote hair regrowth by increasing blood circulation to the hair follicles and allowing nutrients to be delivered to the cells. It also helps to divide the hair cells so as to enable the storage of adenosine three phosphate (ATP), a coenzyme responsible for intracellular energy transfer and known to stimulate living cells, including the hair follicles.
These three treatments are safe and effective solutions to hair loss. There was a time in the 17th century when hair loss sufferers were advised to apply chicken dung to their head! Something tells me the effectiveness of this baldness cure was called in to question more than once. Luckily today we have regulatory bodies that require extensive clinical and scientific studies before any medical treatment can be cleared for safety and approved for efficacy.
The combined use of these hair loss treatments has shown to be highly beneficial in receiving maximum results. The fact that they work in different ways may account for the improved result but there are other booster treatments that successful hair loss patients use to complement the FDA-approved treatments. The key is to know who you can trust when it comes to the treatment of your hair loss.
The Belgravia Centre is a world-renowned hair clinic with over 30 years experience in treating hair loss conditions. Their clients receive excellent results and monitored, continuous care from highly trained medical professionals. You can receive their expert care and treatment by emailing or calling 020 7730 6666 to arrange a free hair examination and consultation, or alternatively you can complete their online diagnostic form which will give you the opportunity to have an effective home-use treatment course delivered to you in a matter of days without the need to visit centre.
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