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Non-surgical treatments

For patients in the early stages of hair loss, non-surgical treatments such as medication or laser technology may be good options to minimise and even reverse hair thinning.

Medication

Our recommended medical hair regrowth treatments for early stage hair loss

For people in the early stages of hair loss, medication can be an effective way of slowing or in some cases reversing the process.

Dr. Ball can advise you on the most suitable medications for hair regrowth in your particular circumstances. This might be instead of a surgical procedure, or in some cases used in conjunction with surgery to help optimise results.

Finasteride

Finasteride can be an excellent option for men in the early stages of male pattern baldness (see the Norwood Scale).

It is a one-a-day pill that blocks the formation of DHT, which is the hormone that causes follicles to shrink and eventually stop growing hair. This can stabilise hair loss and even thicken hair when used early enough. We tend to see the best results in the crown and mid-scalp areas, but it can also help with frontal recession.

Finasteride is a prescription-only medicine (POM) and is not recommended for women. Our doctor will discuss the benefits and possible side effect and advise whether it is a suitable option for you.

Minoxidil

Minoxidil takes the form of a liquid or foam applied directly to the scalp. It works by helping blood flow to the hair follicles, stimulating and prolonging the hair growth phase. It has been shown to help prevent further hair loss in 4 out of 5 men and women.

As with finasteride, minoxidil can be a good option for those in the early stages of hair loss, but both men and women can benefit from it and most products are available without prescription.

The Maitland Clinic’s team can talk you through the pros and cons of using hair loss medication, and advise on the best products and routines to keep your scalp and follicles healthy.

Laser treatment

How the latest laser therapy techniques can reduce hair loss

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) can be an effective option for men and women looking to prevent hair loss and to encourage new growth.

When applied to the scalp, laser light is absorbed by the hair follicles in the form of energy, improving blood flow and stimulating cell metabolism.

This can slow or reverse the miniaturising process in weaker follicles, and result in faster, thicker hair growth in healthy follicles. For both men and women, it can mean a significant slowing of the hair loss process, and can result in increased hair volume.

The laser process is painless and non-invasive, with negligible side effects. It can be carried out in our practice or conveniently in your own home.

The Maitland Clinic’s specialists will discuss the benefits and advise you on whether laser therapy is the right treatment for your hair, combined with other non-surgical treatments, instead of surgery or in conjunction with a transplant procedure to help optimise the post-surgery results.

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