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Hair Loss Medications

Common hair loss can be treated with preventative hair loss products.

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Medically reviewed by Lorcan Sheppard BSc MBBS FRCA, Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Advisory Committee for The Private Clinic.
Last Reviewed May 17th 2022

Hair Loss

Hair loss can hugely undermine your confidence. No matter how young or old you are, a receding hairline, hair loss or thinning hair can make anyone self-conscious.

If you are concerned about hair loss or are considering hair restoration treatments we can offer advice and help to find the most suitable treatment course for you.

The Private Clinic of Harley Street, London are UK leaders in Hair Loss and Hair Restoration treatments. We can help you understand the cause of your hair loss or scalp problems and offer the widest range of Hair and Scalp treatments, from thinning hair and scalp irritation solutions, to some of Europe’s top FUE Hair Transplant surgeons – for both men and women with all hair types, including Afro-Caribbean.

Your Treatment Journey

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.

More of us are beginning to become aware of the increasing number of treatments and solutions on offer to treat hair loss – medication, shampoos, lotions, dietary supplements and restoration methods such as FUE Hair Transplants.

Whether you have just started to notice hair thinning and would like some advice on how to prevent further hair loss, or if you are already experiencing baldness and considering a hair transplant, our team will be able to provide the most effective and suitable treatment for you.

Your hair loss treatment journey always starts with a consultation with one of our hair experts to understand your concerns and what you really want to achieve. We can then offer the best bespoke treatment option for you.

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What to Expect

The Private Clinic has been treating patients for over 35 years with thousands of people placing their trust in us each year. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a personalised service. We have a team of friendly nurses and expert surgeons who understand the importance of this decision and will support you throughout your journey with us.

Hair Loss Treatment Options

Hair Thinning, Hair Loss & Scalp Problems – If you’re in the early stages of hair loss or have noticed signs of damage in your hair or scalp, we will normally advise you to meet with one of our highly-experienced, fully qualified Trichologists.

A Trichologist’s job is to examine your hair loss and find out what’s causing it, before leading you toward the best solution for your needs. Sometimes treatment can be as simple as bespoke dietry or nutritional plans, or using specially formulated products to encourage growth.

For more information on the type of treatments available for hair thinning and scalp problems, click here.

Hair Loss Medication –  Medication is designed to help manage hair loss and slow its process – it is best suited for those who are experiencing early signs of hair loss or, for those in later stages, in combination with a restoration treatment. Minoxidil and Finasteride (Propecia) are the only two currently approved solutions and each work in different ways.

Minoxidil is available without prescription and, while its key principles are still not entirely understood, it is thought to work by widening blood vessels and potassium channels, thus allowing more nutrients, oxygen and blood to the hair follicle and encouraging healthy hair growth.

Finasteride – available as either Propecia® or Proscar® – is only available through prescription. For men suffering from male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia), it works by preventing testosterone being converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone which causes hair to fall out. According to statistics, there is an 80% to 90% possibility of slowing or stopping hair loss using the Finasteride.

For more information on the medications available click here.

Hair Restoration – While medication and other treatments can help stop or slow down hair thinning, surgical hair restoration is the only solution to restore areas where extensive hair loss has taken place.

At The Private Clinic we only work with the most advanced form of minimally-invasive FUE(Follicular Unit Extraction); a process where by individual follicles are extracted and transplanted one-by-one to leave no linear scarring and natural looking results.

Click here for more information on FUE hair transplantation.

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Hair Loss Medication: Prevention & Stopping Hair Loss

Common hair loss can be treated with preventative hair loss products. Before considering any hair restoration procedure, it is important to assess whether you are still losing hair and intervene in order to stop, or at least 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.

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.

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FAQs

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 or Alopecia 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.

How much does Hair Loss Medications cost?

Hair Restoration Treatment price varies. We offer Minoxidil treatments, starting at £65.

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Our Hair Loss Team

We have some of the most experienced hair specialists and surgeons in Europe. Our hair transplant surgeons are all highly-skilled and recognised in advanced FUE Hair Transplantation, with huge prestige and achievements between them. Our trichologists are all members of The Institute of Trichologists, meaning they are fully qualified and highly experienced. They work with a range of treatments in clinics across the country to ensure you achieve the best results.