Hair loss is an issue that many men and women deal with throughout their lives. Two-thirds of all men will eventually experience male pattern baldness (the most common type of hair loss in men), and a study shows that one in five women aged over 25 in the UK have experienced hair loss or hair thinning.
When it comes to hair loss treatment, there are surgical and non-surgical hair restoration options that can help. For ones who are not fans of surgical procedures, here are six non-invasive hair loss treatments to consider.
1. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy is a type of regenerative medicine that promotes body healing and is used for a range of medical conditions, from hair loss to joint pain. This treatment is among the most effective types of hair restoration.
What is PRP therapy?
PRP therapy is a non-surgical hair restoration treatment that uses the client’s platelets obtained from their blood sample and injects them into the scalp. It is a relatively new form of treating hair loss, which uses different proteins and growth factors to stimulate body healing and hair growth.
PRP therapy cost
The standard cost of PRP therapy in the UK is around £350. However, it varies from clinic to clinic. At Aventus Clinic, our prices start from £300.
Best candidates for PRP hair loss treatment
As with any other form of hair loss treatment, PRP therapy is not suitable for everyone. The best candidates for this treatment are those who are in the early stages of hair loss, have thinning where follicles are still functional, have small areas of hair loss, don’t have diseases or blood disorders that could intervene with the procedure, don’t have dermatological diseases, and don’t have chronic skin infections.
2. Low-Level Light Therapy (LLLT)
LLLT, also known as Low Level Laser Therapy, is a treatment that stimulates cell growth and is used for a variety of conditions, such as wound healing, stroke recovery, hair loss, etc.
What is LLLT?
LLLT is a non-surgical hair restoration treatment that uses low-intensity light to stimulate the growth of epidermal stem cells in the hair follicle bulge. The procedure was discovered back in 1960. According to a study, the treatment has since then been approved as a safe and efficient hair growth treatment for both men and women.
Low-level laser therapy cost
The cost of LLLT in the UK varies and depends on the duration of treatment, at Aventus Clinic our LLLT treatment courses start from £450.
Best candidates for LLLT
LLLT has shown results for many types of hair loss, such as:
- illness-related hair loss,
- post-menopausal hair loss,
- postpartum hair loss, etc.
However, the treatment does not respond well in areas of full baldness, since it does not have the power to revive dead hair follicles.
3. Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)
Scalp Micropigmentation is a hair replacement option that includes using ink to create the illusion of natural hair. This procedure uses a specially formulated ink to form various shades and dots on your scalp to mimic closely shaved hair.
Scalp micropigmentation UK prices start at around £300 for hairline alteration and go up to £3000+ depending on how big the area without hair is.
4. Topical Solutions: Hair Loss Products
Topical hair loss products come in liquid or foam form and are applied on the scalp. Apart from hair growth shampoos and serums, other forms of topical hair loss products include:
- topical anthralin (usually used for alopecia areata),
- topical tretinoin (Retin-A, used in combination with minoxidil for female pattern baldness and male pattern baldness),
- topical minoxidil (over the counter medicine, used for pattern baldness and alopecia areata), etc.
The effects of these treatments are usually expected to be visible after a few months of usage. It is not advised for these solutions to be used without consulting a doctor, as they can cause adverse effects in some people.
5. Hair Growth Tablets
Another non-surgical hair restoration option can be hair-stimulating tablets and serums which are clinically proven and approved by the FDA such as Propecia (Finasteride). For hair loss caused by illness or medications, it’s reported that supplements, such as a range of vitamins and minerals can help. Meanwhile, for hereditary hair loss, pills with DHT-blockers serve as a way to prevent additional hair loss.
6. Healthy Diet
Having a healthy diet is key in preventing hair loss and stimulating hair growth. Consequently, due to the expendable nature of hair, a deficiency or excess of specific foods in your diet can cause hair loss. Nutritional advice for healthy hair includes not skipping breakfast, keeping hydrated, enough protein intake, consuming iron-rich foods, including vitamins and minerals in your diet, being careful with dairy products, etc.
In this day and age, the number of non-surgical hair replacement and restoration options are many. You can choose between PRP therapy, LLLT, SMP, eating healthy, different medicines, and supplements. However, these hair loss solutions don’t all produce the same effects. Keep in mind that the treatment that fits you best depends on a variety of personal factors, and you should always consult with a doctor before starting a treatment.
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