Male Hair Loss
Androgenic Alopecia – Male Pattern Hair Loss
This is the commonest form of hair loss and is to a greater extent hereditary. Androgenic alopecia is partially due to the effects of testosterone on hair follicles. Testosterone (male sex hormone) is converted to dihydrotestosterone by the enzyme five alpha reductase. There are two types of this enzyme of which the second type is present in hair roots of the scalp. Those who do not have this enzyme do not, on the whole, suffer from androgenic alopecia.
How is Male Pattern Hair Loss graded?
The Hamilton – Norwood classification is the gold standard classification system for male pattern hair loss due to androgenic alopecia. Characteristically there is shrinking of hairs with hair loss generally starting at the front of the hair line extending towards the top of the scalp and backwards.
A hair transplant is not always the best solution!
Many suffering with hair loss believe that a hair transplant is the ultimate solution for their problem. Indeed aggressive advertising and cost cutting by clinics predominantly based in Turkey has meant that a hair transplant is potentially affordable for many more now. However, it is very important to understand that opting for a cheap hair transplant abroad by no means guarantees the best possible result. Indeed if a hair transplant goes wrong and the implantation pattern is substandard results can not be reversed. A hair transplant is the last resort. The most number of hairs that can be transplanted in one sitting is around 3000. These hairs are strategically implanted into a region that, in its prime, had between 30000 to 40000 hairs. Hair transplantation is no more than a treatment of last resort where there are no other options left.
In contrast early treatment with plasma therapy and new biocellular techniques on offer at Rejuvence can potentially mean you can save what hair you have and have hair regrowth much greater than any hair transplant can achieve. So before you jump to a hair transplant consider plasma therapy and biocellular hair treatments at Rejuvence Clinic.
TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR MALE PATTERN HAIR LOSS
Hair Facts Cyclical Vitamin Supplements (4 months)
Viviscal Professional Supplements (1 month)
Platelet Rich Plasma
PRP & Stem Cell Hair Treatment
©Individual results may vary.
Supplementation of microneedling and PRP with Hair Facts Vitamin Supplements can provide great hope for those suffering with androgenic alopecia also known as male pattern hair loss. At Rejuvence Clinic we strongly believe in the potential of platelet rich plasma for the treatment of hair loss. Early treatment with platelet rich plasma is likely to significantly delay the establishment of androgenic alopecia and can lay a great foundation for any future hair transplantation. Biocellular hair restoration at Rejuvence Clinic using stem cells from your own micronized fat is a unique treatment option that can even surpass PRP and give you even better results. For further details please contact us to book a consultation.
Foams and shampoos containing 5% minoxidil, such as “RegainTM”, have been shown to reduce hair loss and encourage hair regrowth. Minoxidil was discovered during clinical trials for high blood pressure. Minoxidil promotes hair regrowth by reversing miniaturization of hair follicles, increasing blood flow around follicles, stimulating follicular movement from resting to the growth phase and extending each follicle’s growth phase. Appreciable improvement in hair density can be expected at 9 to 12 months. However, stopping the product often results in new regrowth hairs falling out. Once you are on minoxidil it can be very difficult to stop it!
Shampoos containing caffeine have been shown in recent studies to improve hair regrowth. Caffeine has been shown to block the effects of five alpha reductase and hence prevent the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone. This helps to reduce hair loss and assist hair regrowth. Caffeine’s ability to increase blood supply to the scalp is also beneficial for hair follicles.
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. Be wary of spectacular claims from clinics offering mesotherapy for hair loss.
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.
At Rejuvence we offer intravenous vitamin drips tailored to specific needs. Our Hair Boost Drip consists of a combination of vitamins and biotin and can help improve the quality of your existing hair as well as improve hair loss.
Finasteride has also been used in the treatment of androgenic alopecia. Finasteride blocks the action of five alpha reductase and hence reduces the amount of dihydrotestosterone. As a result hair loss is reduced. There were initially fears that finasteride may increase the risk of prostate cancer but these fears have been shown to be incorrect. Despite finasteride being more effective than minoxidil and caffeine in treating hair loss it can be associated with significant side effects. A significant proportion of men have complained of reduced sex drive and weaker erections, both of which seriously compromise their sex life. More recently, a weak association has been found between long term finasteride use and mental health problems such as depression and even psychosis. Despite all of this, finasteride is the medication of choice for those ultimately considering a hair transplant.
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.