Author: Sarah Belgravia
According to a reader poll carried out on The Express newspaper’s website on 14th March 2019, only 28 per cent of men would consider having a hair transplant.
In contrast, 61 per cent said they would not want hair restoration surgery with 22 per cent of those citing cost as the reason and 39 per cent confirming they just weren’t keen on the procedure. The remaining 11 per cent of poll respondents said they were undecided either way.
Non-invasive hair loss treatment
The only clinically-proven hair loss treatments that are both MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved for Male Pattern Baldness are finasteride 1mg – a once-a-day DHT-blocking tablet – and high strength minoxidil, a topical solution to promote accelerated hair growth.
Either or both of these medications can be used alongside low level laser therapy (LLLT) devices, such as the FDA-cleared LaserComb or LaserBand which stimulates the hair follicles and has also been shown to actively encourage hair regrowth and increased hair density.
A 2017 systematic review of which hair loss treatments work for androgenetic alopecia confirmed that these three options were the only ones to show consistent results.
This approach is best for those with Male Pattern Baldness where, no matter how mild or severe, there is still hair – even if it is thin – visible.
If the scalp has taken on a smooth, shiny appearance, this suggests permanent baldness has set in, but a consultation at a hair loss clinic will provide an assessment and personalised recommendations based on the level and pattern of shedding, as well as the individual’s medical profile.
PRP or mesotherapy scalp injections
On-going courses of scalp injections are becoming increasingly popular hair growth products, despite there being limited research showing whether or not they have any effect on hair loss, and concerns about the number of potentially untrained and unauthorised practitioners.
The two key procedures here are PRP – platelet rich plasma – therapy, and mesotherapy. The first involves blood being taken from a patient, the platelet-rich part of this being separated and injected back into their scalp. The second involves scalp injections containing a vitamin solution.
These options can be used alongside authorised pharmaceutical hair loss treatments, but should be discussed with your treatment advisor beforehand.
Micropigmentation scalp tattooing
Micropigmentation is a medical grade tattoo procedure where tiny dots in various shades of ink are applied to the scalp in order to mimic the appearance of stubble.
This can be used to give the appearance of a shaved head or to fill in areas of the scalp where there is thinning, though this is generally only visually successful if the hair is kept short.
If considering this option, it is crucial to go to a specialist practitioner rather than a regular tattoo artist or permanent make-up artist without the necessary training and qualifications to ensure you are in the best hands and likely to get the most natural looking results.
Microscopic hair thickening fibres
These are tiny fibres which come in a shaker-style applicator so they can be applied directly to the scalp, where they bind to existing hairs before being set with a spray, making hair look fuller. Both David Beckham and Wayne Rooney are rumoured to use these products to conceal hair loss.
They come in a variety of colours so it is often the case that a few different shades will need to be purchased in order to get the most natural looking match with your own existing hair colour. It is common for some hair fibres, particularly blond or brown shades, to have a slightly red tinge to their colouring, however.
Whilst hair loss concealers, such as microscopic fibres, can be useful in the short term and for a temporary boost in hair density, as with micropigmentation, they do not treat the underlying hair loss.
As you can see, there are a number of options for dealing with thinning hair, most of which can be used alongside each other for optimum effects. The first step when deciding which is the best route for you, given it is such a personal decision, is to consult with hair loss specialists and explore their bespoke recommendations for your specific situation.
The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.