Many men lose their hair at some point in their life, and for some the result is total baldness. Now it seems that a growing number of hair loss sufferers down under are turning to a perhaps unlikely source to help them hide their thinning hair.
According to a report in Australia’s Herald Sun Newspaper, ‘cosmetic tattooing’ is on the rise in the country. The procedure uses techniques similar to conventional tattooing to alter the physical looks of an individual. But while tattoos are more commonly of artistic designs or the names of loved ones, cosmetic tattooing uses needle-injected pigments to create the illusion of facial features, such as eyebrows, and even hair.
Creating the illusion of hair
Sufferers of male pattern baldness have turned to cosmetic tattooing to cover their hairloss. A tattoo practitioner can transform a smooth hairless scalp into one which appears to be shaven closely and might yet spring forth with new growth. The process uses a stippling effect to create the appearance of hundreds of tiny hair follicles.
The procedure, which can last anything up to five hours, is carried out using specialist tattooing machines and local anaesthetic to dull the pain. It is also popular with women, who find that it saves time on preening and applying makeup. The technique can be used to create the appearance of everything from carefully sculptured eyebrows to eyeliner and lipstick.
Unlike conventional tattoos the skin pigment injected in cosmetic tattooing is only semi-permanent, and generally lasts anything from 3-5 years before needing to be reapplied, at a cost of $1000 for a full scalp of ‘hair’.
It remains to be seen whether the craze will catch on here in the UK, and its potential for dealing with hair loss is clearly limited. As the stippling effect is used to create the appearance of a shaved head, it is only useful in the case of men who are already completely bald. Furthermore, the tattoo is purely visual in nature, with no physical dimensions or texture to the touch. It should also be noted that procedures to remove the tattooed effect are expensive, and potentially harmful to the skin.
Conventional treatments for hair loss
For those who haven’t yet lost all of their hair, there is plenty of hope to be found in more conventional hair loss treatments, which can in many cases prevent the hair loss from reaching the point of total baldness.
There are two pharmaceutical treatments which are effective in the battle against diminishing hair, and which have been scientifically proven to be effective in the treatment of genetic hair loss, also known as male pattern baldness. Propecia and Minoxidil are both recognised in medical circles, and licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the UK government body responsible for monitoring the safety and quality of such products. They are also approved by the American equivalent, the FDA.
A treatment programme that includes Propecia is recommended for men who are experiencing genetic hair loss, as it prevents the formation of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which has been found to cause the hair follicles to shrink. This not only prevents further hair loss but is also highly effective in promoting healthy hair growth.
Minoxodil meanwhile has been scientifically proven to reverse genetic hair loss in both men and women. The topical treatment works by increasing the supply of blood to the areas to which it is applied, thereby increasing the amount of nutrients reaching the hair follicles. It has also been found that Minoxidil opens up potassium channels in the scalp, which are integral to preventing hair loss.
How the Belgravia Centre can help
At the Belgravia Centre we have created our own formulations of Minoxidil, containing either Medroxyprogesterone or Azelaic Acid, which we have found to complement the treatment’s effects.
Our treatment programmes for male pattern baldness combine Propecia and Minoxidil to prevent hair loss and stimulate re-growth (both Minoxidil and Propecia are suitable for men, whereas only Minoxidil is suitable for women).
However, the Belgravia Centre’s treatment programmes do not revolve solely around these pharmaceutical products. We believe in providing our clients with the best possible chance of curing their hair loss, by combining these treatments with our own ‘hair growth boosters’, which include our Hair Vitalics vitamin supplement and the HairMax LaserComb. These are combined with close monitoring by experienced hair loss experts for optimal results.
If you think you may be suffering from genetic hair loss or any other hair loss condition, contact us for a consultation with no obligation to learn more about how we can help. Alternatively, you can fill out our easy-to-use online diagnostic form for a world-wide service.