Male Hair Loss
Female Hair Loss
Hair Facts Supplements
Hair Caps & Laser Combs
FUE Hair Transplant
The occurrence of androgenic alopecia in females is much less than in males but is often more psychologically distressing. It is socially acceptable for men to lose their hair but definitely not women. Women suffering with female pattern hair loss will often notice gradual thinning of hair, increased hair shedding and often develop hair loss in the characteristic Christmas tree distribution over the top of the scalp. Telogen is also more common in women. This is hair loss due to stress and can often be confused with female pattern hair loss.
Women with female pattern hair loss normally avoid losing hair at the front of the hairline in contrast to men. In telogen effluvium there is a characteristic loss of hair around the temples and sides of the head. In female pattern hair loss cause can also be due to the effects of testosterone. Women suffering from conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome often have higher levels of circulating testosterone and hence are prone to androgenic alopecia. However, women do not respond as well to treatments such as minoxidil and finasteride as in men. Medical causes for hair loss are more significant in women and include under active thyroid, low vitamin D levels as well as low iron. The Ludwig system is used for the classification of female pattern hair loss.
©Individual results may vary.
All hope is not lost for those suffering from female pattern hair loss. Microneedling and platelet rich plasma have shown great promise and we are firm believers in its efficacy. With the majority of sufferers of androgenic alopecia being male, often women are forgotten. At Rejuvence we recognise that hair loss in women can often have greater psychological distress. Biocellular hair restoration is an exciting new development and Rejuvence Clinic is one of the few clinic offering this treatment.
Conventional treatments for female pattern hair loss are not very effective. Response to the minoxidil 5% shampoo and foam are not particularly effective and the results are not apparent until 9 to 12 months after continuous use. In fact there can be an increase in hair loss during the first four weeks of treatment. Once started, stopping treatment with minoxidil is also associated with significant loss of fresh regrowth hairs.
Treatment with finasteride, some forms of the contraceptive pill and spirinolactone (a water tablet) have yielded inconsistent results and, on the whole, very modest improvement in hair regrowth. Indeed finasteride is contraindicated in women of childbearing age and is often not an option at all.
Thousands of vitamin supplements are available but do they really work. Male pattern hair loss has a very significant genetic cause. However, stress, underactive thyroid, low vitamin D levels and low iron levels can all make it much less. Hence it makes sense to replace these with supplements. At Rejuvence Clinic we offer Hair Facts. This is a unique hair supplement that is only available at Rejuvence. It is different to other supplements in that it is a cyclical vitamin therapy that pairs supplements together on different days to ensure that all vitamins and supplements are absorbed efficiently as opposed to other supplements that just bundle lots of ingredients together. The results of Hair Facts are there to be seen and it has proven to be extremely popular. Indeed many users of Hair Facts worldwide have found that this supplement has meant they are able to stop using minoxidil and finasteride and may not need any further treatment, especially where the cause of their hair loss is more medical than hereditary. For further details please look at our page on Hair Facts. To book a consultation please contact our clinic.
Numerous practitioners have claimed spectacular results with injections of cocktails containing vitamins and plant extracts. Limited scientific evidence exists for their effectiveness. In fact what has been published in scientific journals sites nasty allergic reactions that have resulted in scarring and left patients with permanent hair loss. Beware of clinics offering amazing results with mesotherapy.
Hair transplants in women are much harder than in men and should be considered a treatment of last resort. At best they are a camouflage solution as even the largest of hair transplants consist of grafting 3000 hairs into regions of the scalp that previously had around 20000 to 30000 hairs. In addition hair transplant in women is technically much more difficult. There are two techniques used for hair transplant. The strip method is the old fashioned technique whereby a strip of skin is taken from the back of the head and all the hairs removed from this strip are implanted into bare areas. It is possible to get a larger number of grafts but often leaves an unsightly scar at the back of the head. In women this is not too troublesome as the scar is often hidden by longer strands of hair as opposed to men who tend to have the scar exposed due to shorter hair cuts. However, graft rate survival is lower than in the more modern technique of FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction). In FUE individual hair follicles are extracted and implanted into bare regions. Graft survival rates are higher and there is no large scar involved. However, FUE requires that the donor region is shaved in order to access the follicles to be grafted. This area is normally quite large and not something most women are prepared to do as they will have to shave a large area of their scalp. Results of hair transplants in women are overall not as good as in men.
The combination of microneedling and platelet rich plasma (PRP) has been shown recently to significantly increase hair thickness, hair count and thereby hair density. Studies over the last five years have demonstrated approximately 20% increase in hair thickness with an average of three sessions over three months. This compares favourably with other treatment options such as minoxidil and caffeine (only accounts for upto 3% new hair growth). It is a completely natural treatment and although individual results may vary the results can be fantastic. PRP is also a brilliant option for those preparing themselves for a hair transplant. For those who have undergone a hair transplant a series of PRP sessions afterwards can help to securely establish the grafts and make them flourish. Indeed hair transplant consisting of PRP during implantation has essentially become the norm. It is important to remember that the best results will be achieved if PRP is started early on. Those who have well established grade IV male pattern hair loss do not do as well as those who have milder forms.
Beware! Not all PRP is the same!
Numerous clinics in the UK and abroad provide PRP treatments for hair loss. In Turkey many clinics offer PRP sessions at unbelievable prices. However, it is important to understand that you get what you pay for. PRP for hair loss has found to be effective only when the concentration of platelets in PRP amounts to more than 4 to 5 times normal platelet count. In essence this is a platelet count of around 1000 to 1500. More or less than this renders the PRP ineffective. The vast majority of clinics offering PRP in the UK use test tube based systems. It is well documented that these systems can only achieve platelet concentrations of upto 3 times baseline. Often it is much less than this. At Rejuvence we are among the few clinics in the UK that use the Magellan TruPRP system. Magellan TruPRP results in high quality appropriately concentrated PRP that can really deliver excellent results. For genuine PRP treatment contact us and book a consultation.
At Rejuvence we go a step further than the rest! We are one of the first few clinics in the UK that offer stem cell based biocellular hair loss treatments. Treatment of hair loss with stem cells goes a step further than PRP alone. Recent advances in minimally invasive liposuction have shown that by filtering (micronizing) your own fat, it is possible to tap into a rich source of stem cells and growth factors. The difference between PRP and stem cell treatments is that PRP is used as a chemical messenger to attract stem cells and growth factors to the region of interest. With biocellular treatments, stem cells are directly injected into the region of interest. This is clearly going to yield better results and many hair transplant surgeons in the US and around the world have started incorporating micronized fat into their transplant regimes with very promising results. At Rejuvence Clinic we combine Magellan TruPRP with micronized fat to give you a biorestorative hair loss treatment that can give you the best results possible for hair loss. For further details please look at our page on Biocellular Hair Restoration. Please contact us for a consultation.
Viviscal Professional oral supplements have gained a huge following amongst celebrity circles with their pleasing effects on hair growth and hair thickness. Viviscal has been assessed in a number of clinical trials and delivered a moderate 7.4% increase in hair thickness at 6 months with three quarters of patients observing a significant decrease in hair loss. This is nevertheless better than minoxidil where the regrowth rate is closer to 3%.