Understand what causes hair loss and the solutions available for you to overcome it
We understand that the first moment you notice you are losing your hair can be shocking. For some, hair loss starts with a receding hairline, while others may notice a small balding patch or clumps of hair clogging the shower drain. While it is easy to just lose hope, don’t, because there are several medically proven treatments to manage hair loss. Some of these methods, such as transplants, may help in healthy hair regrowth, while others may help in preventing more from falling out.
Hair loss occurs due to a wide range of reasons, including:
- Excessive over-styling and heat treatments (i.e.: daily hair drying and ironing)
The best way to understand the reason behind your hair loss, and to combat it, is to talk to your doctor.
Best FDA approved hair loss treatment for men and women
Lotion: Minoxidil (rogaine)
FDA approved in 1988
Minoxidil started as a tablet to treat high-blood pressure and has the side effect of increasing hair growth. While the reason for that is unknown, hair specialists have encouraged the use of Minoxidil in lotion form to be applied to the scalp, on both thinning and balding areas, to treat hair loss in men and women.
You can easily obtain Minoxidil over the counter, as a prescription is not needed. For more information on this treatment, click on this article.
FDA approved in 1997
Used specifically as a treatment for hair loss in men, Finasteride functions by decreasing the amount of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body, a contributing factor in causing male pattern baldness. This allows hair regrowth to take place, and slows down the hair loss process.
This treatment has to be prescribed and is NOT suitable for women or children. For more information on this hair loss treatment, please refer to this article.
You can also contact the Australasian Hair Transplant Institute to schedule a consultation and learn more about the medical treatments available to you.
Hair transplants for hair loss
The most common hair transplant treatments available today are:
- Strip Method
- Follicular Unit Extraction
|FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION (FUE)||STRIP|
|No scalpels, No staples or sutures||Wound edges closed with sutures or stables|
|No visible scars||Permanent linear scar, up to 30cm long, can range from 1mm to 10mm wide|
|Minimal pain on recovery||Can be painful on recovery|
|Faster healing, wounds heal in 3 to 4 days, quicker return to normal activities||Slower recovery, need to remove sutures or staples at 2 weeks|
|Up to 3000 grafts per session (2 days)||Up to 4000 grafts per session (1 day)|
|1-4 hours of extraction||1-2 hours of extraction|
|Donor site options: scalp and body hair||Donor site limited to the scalp|
|Higher cost||Lower cost|
To find out which hair transplant surgery option works best for you, arrange a consultation at AHTI today.
During your consultation, our chief surgeon, Dr Johnathan Chan will:
- Examine your hair and skin under a digital microscope
- Work with you to understand your hair loss concerns
- Discuss possible hair loss treatments
- Talk you through the details of the medical and/or surgical therapy recommended
- Complete a blood test, if needed, to determine what is causing your hair loss
**Our clinic follow strictly The National Infection Control Guidelines of the NHMRC of Australia. All our Sharp instruments are disposed properly after each patient use and our Steriliser is regularly Validated and Calibrated by HTC Medical Pty Ltd.**
For more information on hair transplant surgeries, contact us today!