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Medication

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.

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