hair loss treatment options

Losing your hair is a pretty emotive subject, and with a bewildering array of products and treatments out there, all promising to restore your mane to its former glory, it can be hard to know where to start.

Here, we set out to put together a list of all the options available and explain what each one does and what kind of hair loss it is most suitable for.

Laser therapy

This is an in-clinic, non-invasive hair loss option, with each session lasting around 30 minutes, and a recommended course of two sessions a week over around six weeks recommended for the best results.

How does it work?

The laser emits red light into the scalp, stimulating the hair follicles and encouraging new growth.

Who is a suitable candidate?

If you’re experiencing mild hair loss, but don’t quite feel ready to undergo a hair transplant, this could be for you.

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP)

Again, this is an in-clinic treatment, and should really only be administered by a trained SMP specialist. While results can be seen from the first treatment session, usually a second session is needed to ensure the finished look is exactly as you wish.

How does it work?

The process is similar to tattooing, but subtly different. Pigment is injected into the skin of the scalp at varying angles – and using various shades – to provide a very close replica of genuine hair growth.

Who is a suitable candidate?

The great thing about SMP is it works on anyone – you can shave your hair completely and use SMP to create the effect of a buzz cut, or it can be used to disguise any thinning areas.

Scalp microneedling

This is a minimally-invasive, in-clinic treatment, with around eight sessions needed in total, spaced one to two weeks apart. Results can be seen about nine months from the end of treatment.

How does it work?

Scalp microneedling involves the application of tiny needles across the whole scalp, creating thousands of tiny micro wounds. This instigates the body’s wound-healing response, creating a surge of stem cells and growth factors, to help stimulate hair growth.

Who is a suitable candidate?

As with laser treatment, this is one for those of you at the beginning of your hair loss journey.

Hair transplant

This is probably the most hardcore option, as it is fairly invasive. The operation needs to be performed in a clinical environment and can take most of a day.

How does it work?

The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthetic, so you will be awake throughout. The surgeon harvests hair follicles from a donor site, usually at the back of your head, and transplants them to the thinning areas – typically around the hairline.

Who is a suitable candidate?

Hair transplant surgery is generally more suitable for those with more advanced hair loss. While you can choose to undergo treatment earlier in the process, there is a strong likelihood that you will then need to have further surgeries in future, as the hairline continues to recede behind the transplanted follicles.

For more information about any of these procedures, or to book a consultation with one of our hair loss experts, please contact us.

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