Hair Loss Medications

Hair Loss can hugely undermine your confidence – no matter how young or old you are, a receding hairline can make anyone self-conscious.

To compensate for baldness and hide their thinning hair people may start letting the rest of their hair grow longer, wear hats, wigs or even turn to hair extensions. What many women and men don’t know is that along with stressful lifestyles and illness, hair extensions can cause hair loss.

The Private Clinic is the UK’s leading provider in both surgical and non-surgical treatments for hair loss and hair restoration. New techniques and faster recovery times make it possible to achieve a more natural result with a minimally invasive procedure.

Your Treatment Journey

Whether you have just started to lose your hair and would like some advice on how to prevent further hair loss, or if you already present extensive baldness and are considering a hair transplant, our team will be able to provide the best treatment for you.

Diagnosis

The most important thing before looking into a cure is to find out the cause and stage of your hair loss and/or hair thinning. Each patient will be given a consultation at our Harley Street clinic, during which a senior hair loss specialist will analyse the cause of your hair loss and advise the treatment options that are available to you.

Hair Loss Medication: Prevention & Stopping Hair Loss

Common hair loss can be treated with preventative hair loss products. Even before considering any hair restoration procedure, such as a hair transplant, it is important to assess whether you are still losing hair and intervene in order to stop or at least reduce and slow down any further hair loss.

If you are suffering from hair loss, the sooner the problem is diagnosed and addressed, the better. This will also enable us to achieve optimum results for you. Find out more about hair loss prevention medication by clicking on - your hair loss medication options.

You need to always keep in mind that any medication will only help reduce, or delay, the effects of hair loss, but no medication will restore or re-grow lost hair.

Am I Suitable for a Hair Transplant?

If your scalp is visible, due to a bald patch at the back and crown of your head, or if your hairline has receded substantially, a hair transplant procedure may be the best solution for you.

Unlike medications and non surgical solutions, a hair transplant is a permanent solution because the transplanted hair is permanent. Until recently hair transplant procedures have been difficult to carry out and have not always been successful. Older techniques have caused scarring and may not have produced the natural results that patient or Surgeon would have hoped for.

Our Hair Transplant Surgeons

We have 2 of the most experienced Hair Transplant surgeons in the UK, and Europe, who have perfected the minimally invasive, most advanced technique of FUE Hair Transplant and revolutionised the industry.

Dr Raghu Reddy has developed the Third Generation FUE Treatment, which is the most advanced minimally invasive method of hair restoration available today. Dr Reddy has spent years perfecting his advanced method of FUE to ensure better results and minimal downtime. Dr Reddy’s meticulous attention to detail comes from his personal experience in dealing with hair loss and his desire to achieve the best possible results for each and every patient. 

Dr Kouremada Zioga is an experienced Hair Transplant Surgeon with over 6 years experience in hair restoration. She has performed over 2000 FUE cases to date (which is amongst the highest of any Doctor in Europe), having perfected the method of Hair Transplants without the need to shave the donor area. She performs the most advanced form of FUE and is meticulous in achieving the very best, most natural-looking results for her patients. She has extensive experience in reparative treatments to scarred areas, particularly resulting from the Strip Hair Transplant procedure.

Click here for more information on FUE Hair Transplant Procedures.  

Your Next Step

If you want to find out more about Minoxidil or Propecia, how to get it and if it can help you regain what has been lost, please do book a consultation with one of our Hair Loss and Hair Transplant Experts - Dr Raghu Reddy and Dr Kouremada-Zioga - at The Private Clinic. Our experts will be able to assess and determine what treatments might be suitable and if you wish to proceed prescribe a course of treatment. During our consultations you will also be able to discuss how hair transplants may be able to help you.

Please call 0800 599 9911 to speak to our clinic about booking a consultation or finding our more information.

FAQs

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  • How do you cure Hair Loss?

    The most important thing before looking into a cure is to find out the causes and stages of your hair thinning.

    Each client is given a consultation at our Harley Street clinic, during which we will analyse the cause of your hair loss and advise as to the treatment options available for you.

    Hair Loss in Men

    About 25 per cent of men begin losing hair before they reach 30 and two thirds before the age of 60.

    The most common cause of hair loss in men is genetic:

    (1) Androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness) has a characteristic pattern; it begins with a slight recession at the front hairline and is followed by thinning on the crown of the head. The hair above the ears and at the nape of the neck is unaffected. Hair loss is related to three independent factors:

    • Genes: Baldness genes can be passed on by either parent. However having the gene does not necessarily mean you will go bald. For example, a man whose father is severely bald may only have minimal hair loss himself.
    • Hormones: The hormone directly involved in Alopecia is Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT decreases the length of the growing cycle so that with each new cycle the hair shaft becomes progressively smaller and weaker.
    • Age: Genes and hormones are not enough by themselves to cause baldness. Hair loss occurs when the susceptible follicles are exposed to DHT over a period of time. However the age at which this process starts differs from person to person.

    (2) Alopecia Areata will affect 1% to 2% of the population at some point in their lives. Most sufferers are children and young adults (below 40 years of age) though it can affect people of all ages. The hair loss is sudden and manifests itself in small, smooth-skinned patches that are likely to gradually widen with time. It can also affect the sufferer’s nails, giving them a pitted, ridged or brittle appearance. The exact cause is still unknown although current theories include an auto-immune disease, stress or suggest a genetic basis. If the hair loss progresses until all the scalp hair is lost this is known as Alopecia Totalis orAlopecia Universalis if all the body hair is lost as well.

    (3) Hair loss can also result from a scalp problem. Inflammation of the scalp leads to production of superoxide which causes hair shedding and will lead to diffuse hair loss.

    These are just a few of the reasons for hair loss. It order to treat hair loss effectively we would recommend that you have a diagnosis made as soon as possible by one of our experienced Trichologists.

    Hair Loss in Women

    Female hair loss can be particularly traumatic and it is generally even harder for a woman to accept than it is for man. If the hair begins to fall out it can be more than just upsetting, it can be devastating, leading to a total loss of confidence and even depression. It’s no wonder that a high percentage of female hair loss sufferers have reported depression, breakdown of both relationships and careers due to the psychological distress caused by their condition.

    Sadly, hair loss in women is on the increase. During the past fifteen years trichologists have reported a large rise in the number of female cases especially those between the ages of 25 to 40.

    A large percentage of female hair loss is caused by inherited genetic influence and an over production of the male hormone testosterone. Hormonal changes occur during and following childbirth, through use of the contraceptive pill, anaemia and the menopause. These are the most common causes of hair loss in woman:

    • Stress-related
    • Genetic hair loss
    • Polycystic ovary syndrome
    • Adrenal Tumour
    • Hair loss following pregnancy, miscarriage or abortion
    • The contraceptive pill
    • Anaemia
    • The Menopause

    Early diagnosis with an experienced Trichologist will give you the best possible opportunity for us to help you.

  • How do you prevent Hair Loss?

    Hair Loss in Men

    The good news is that most men who use prescription courses will experience hair loss stabilisation and varying degrees of hair re-growth in a reasonably short period of time.

    Prescribed medications for male hair loss have two main purposes: a) to block the DHT hormone (the cause of male hair loss) from reaching and destroying vulnerable hair follicles, b) to stimulate and increase the blood circulation that is crucially needed to feed and nurture the existing hair follicles that are prone to the effects of male hair loss. Without good blood circulation the hair follicles will gradually shrink and die.

    Find out more about Hair Loss Medication here.

    Hair Loss in Women

    Women genetically predisposed to hair loss have enzymes that turn the hormone ‘testosterone’ into another hormone derivative, ‘dihydrotestosterone’ (DHT). When DHT is formed, it attaches itself to the hair follicles on the top of the head, causing them to continually shrink with every growth cycle. This causes the hair to gradually become thinner until the follicles finally become dysfunctional and the hair no longer grows.

    The first objective to prevent further hair loss is to block DHT from reaching the hair follicles, while the second is to ensure the hair follicles are receiving as much ‘hair-friendly’ blood as possible. There are 2 medically proven products, which are licensed by the UK medical regulatory body the MHRA, and approved by its US counterpart the FDA.

  • What hair restoration methods are there?

    A hair transplant is something that many patients suffering from hair loss may consider at some point in their lives but they would worry about whether natural looking results can be achieved. We can all recall people in the public eye who have had a hair transplant with very poor results and most people are not aware of how much the technique and the doctor’s experience impact on the final outcome.

    Until recently, hair transplant procedures have been difficult to carry out and have not always been successful. Older techniques can cause scarring in the donor area and may not produce the natural results that either patient or surgeon would hope for. This is why it is essential for anybody considering a hair transplant to do a lot of research and chose an experienced hair transplant doctor.

    There are mainly 2 different procedures available: the Strip Method – a more invasive treatment which may result in extensive scarring and requires a longer recovery – and a second far less invasive method called Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE. Not only our surgeons Dr. Reddy and Dr. Zioga prefer and almost exclusively perform FUE, but they have perfected their techniques through years of experienced, and developed an advanced form of FUE.

    Advantages of FUE over Strip:

    • Less invasive
    • No linear scarring at the back so that you can wear short hair or shave
    • A simpler, less painful and minimally invasive procedure
    • Less downtime post treatment
    • Better, more natural looking results
    • More density – the survival rate of the follicle is higher in FUE than with the Strip Method
    • Previous scars can be corrected

    Our surgeons are FUE specialists and can also correct problems caused by previous treatments carried out by less experienced doctors. Dr Reddy’s meticulous attention to detail comes from his personal experience in dealing with hair loss and his desire to achieve the best possible results for each and every patient. Click here for more information on FUE Hair Transplants.