Not so long back, a UK hair loss clinic was offering a unique heat treatment for baldness. Working on the belief that hair grows faster and thicker in countries with warmer climates, the treatment is designed to mimic these climactic benefits.
Termed the “capillary regenerator”, the twenty minute treatment sees a probe placed on the patient’s head which heats hair follicles with electricity. The idea behind the capillary regenerator is that it improves blood flow by widening capillaries in the scalp surrounding the hair follicles. The treatment is also alleged to reduce the levels of androgens, the hormone known to increase hair loss, and flush away harmful acids.
Heat is well known for dilating blood vessels and this usually means better blood flow. Increasing blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles also ensures an improved supply of oxygen and nutrients vital for hair health. The treatment promises that hair will stop falling out, that which remains will be thicker and that over two to three months new hair will begin to grow. But is all it seems?
Is Heat Treatment the Answer?
According to hair loss experts, despite the claims surrounding the “capillary regenerator”, heat treatment has been tried may times in the past. Experts are agreed that although conceptually the “capillary regenerator” works, there are better treatments available.
Heat treatments designed to increase blood flow are, unsurprisingly, only suitable for people experiencing hair loss as a result of circulatory problems. Other common, hormone-related conditions such as Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hairloss, cannot be treated with electrical heat techniques.
A Better Solution?
A number of clinically proven medical treatments exist which not only promote increased blood flow to the hair follicle, but can successfully treat underlying hormone problems too. One of these is Propecia. This is one of only two products licensed by the the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency(MHRA) for hair loss prevention and hair regrowth.
Propecia works by inhibiting the formation of the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which attacks hair follicles, and causes hair to fall out. Electrical heat treatments however have no equivalent effect on DHT and is therefore useless against Androgenic Alopecia(another name for Male Pattern Baldness).
What About Blood Flow?
Circulatory issues are extremely important to consider when treating hair loss and thus any treatment plan devised by a hair loss expert will take them into consideration. Fortunately there are also medical treatments available which address the issue without resorting to electrical probes on the back of the head.
Also licensed by the MHRA, Minoxidil dilates the blood vessels in the scalp surrounding the hair follicles, ensuring that oxygen and vital nutrients are delivered to the hair. It is also believed that Minoxidil activates the potassium channels in cells related to hair growth.
Minoxidil has the added benefit of being approved for use by men and women, unlike Propecia which is suitable only for male hair loss and is the other medically proven treatment for hair loss.
More than Medicine
Although Minoxidil and Propecia are both extremely effective at slowing hair loss and promoting regrowth, medicines are only part of the best treatment plan. Here at The Belgravia Centre we create personalised hair loss treatment plans tailored to the specific needs of each of our clients. We realise that no two patients present with exactly the same problems and so we create a treatment plan specifically for them and their needs.
In addition to prescribing medication, treatment plans from The Belgravia Centre also include complementary treatments such as the HairVitalics nutrtional supplement and the FDA-cleared HairMax LaserComb. Our clients meet with a hair loss specialist on a regular basis to review their treatment plans for maximum hair regrowth success. Many of our clients report success stories which include comments written by them about their treatment programme, and their ‘before and during treatment’ photos.
And for those unable to visit our London clinic, we also offer an online diagnostic form. By completing this online assessment, clients can get an initial appraisal of their hair loss and how best to treat it, before arranging for an online prescription and hair loss treatment programme that can be mailed anywhere in the world.