- Common hair loss can be treated with preventative hair loss medication
- We are UK leaders in Hair Loss and Hair Restoration treatments
- A consultation will ensure that you receive professional advice on hair loss
Hair Loss Treatment Medications
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 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. Our clinics are in London Harley Street, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Northampton.
What causes hair loss?
There are a wide range of causes for hair loss in men and women. Genetics, hormonal changes, medical conditions aging – it can often be difficult to know what the direct cause may be. Our team of expert Trichologists are very knowledgeable in being able to identify the cause of hair loss and are well experienced in a wide range of hair loss conditions such as:
- Alopecia Areata
- Traction Alopecia
- Anagen Effluvium
- Telogen effluvium
- Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia
- Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia
- Thinning Hair
- Receding Hairline
- PCOS Hair Loss
- Female Pattern Hair loss / Androgenetic alopecia
- Male Pattern Baldness / Androgenetic alopecia
- Dissecting Cellulitis of the Scalp
- Folliculitis Decalvans
- Lichen Planopilaris
Can I treat hair loss with medication?
In a lot of the hair loss causes listed above, medication may be recommended to help treat the cause which will then enable the hair to grow.
Understanding the cause of your hair loss is the best way to determine which type of hair loss treatment or medication is going to be most effective for you.
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 and dietary supplements. Whilst these may be able to help some patients, there are only two types of hair loss medication with proven results.
What is hair loss medication?
There are only two types of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved and medically-proven hair loss products available and these are Finasteride and Minoxidil. These medications are widely used to help with hair loss and are recommended by many specialists including our own Hair Transplant surgeons.
Whether you have just started to notice hair thinning and would like some advice on how to prevent further male hair loss or female 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.
What to Expect
The Private Clinic has been treating patients for over 40 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 Medication Consultation
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, and are thinking about taking medication but not sure what your options are, we 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. They are also able to provide more information about the different types of Hair Loss Medication and recommend what they feel would be best suited for you and your hair loss to help you achieve the results you want.
Hair Loss Medication Options
Hair Loss 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 Hair Loss Medication
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 Hair Loss Medication
Finasteride – also known as 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.
Hair Restoration Treatment
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.
What is Minoxidil?
Minoxidil is antihypertensive vasodilator which was originally used to control high blood pressure. In 1987, scientists developed a topical minoxidil solution after discovering that users of Minoxidil were seeing significant hair growth whilst taking the medication. Minoxidil for hair loss is supplied in a topical solution which available in either a 2% or 5% concentration strength, it is usually sold under the brand name Rogaine.
How to use Minoxidil
Minoxidil is a topical solution that may come in a liquid or foam solution. It should only be used on the scalp
- Minoxidil should be applied directly to the scalp two times a day.
- When you apply Minoxidil, your hair and scalp should be dry.
- Do not wash or shampoo your hair for 4 hours after applying the Minoxidil solution.
- Allow the minoxidil to completely dry for 2 to 4 hours after applying it before wearing a hat, going to bed etc as the solution can stain clothing, hats, and bed linen.
- Do not use heated hair tools such as a hair dryer on the head following application. – This can make the treatment less effective.
- Avoid transferring the Minoxidil solution to other areas of the body and always wash your hands after application.
How does Minoxidil work?
When Minoxidil is applied to the scalp the enzymes within your scalp known as sulfotransferase work to convert the solution into a salt called minoxidil sulfate. Minoxidil works to shorten the resting (telogen) phase of the hair and encourages the hair to enter the growing (anagen) phase of the hair cycle a lot quicker.
How long does it take for Minoxidil to work?
It can often take up to 8 weeks of continued use for the results of Minoxidil to be noticed.
What is Finasteride?
Finasteride is a fully licensed UK medication for hair loss that belongs to a group of medicines known as ‘5-alpha-reductase inhibitors’. Finasteride is a prescription-only oral medication that can be prescribed to men to help reduce hair loss and male pattern baldness. Finasteride is often referred to as Propecia, but this is just a branded version. The UK patent for Finasteride expired in 2014, which means that you will be able to get ‘generic Finasteride’ from pharmacies which is the same as branded versions such as Propecia. Finasteride is not approved for use by women.
How does Finasteride work?
Finasteride medication works by stopping testosterone from being converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT causes hair follicles to shrink which results in hair loss, so blocking DHT allows the hair follicles to grow back to their normal size.
How to use Finasteride?
Finasteride is taken in tablet format orally. It will need to be taken once a day, ideally at the same time.
How long does it take for Finasteride to work?
Results are normally seen around three to six months after beginning Finasteride medication. It is most effective at treating hair loss where there is thinning and a receding hairline. It is not as effective in areas of complete hair loss. Finasteride can also encourage new, stronger, thicker and faster hair growth.