Are you suffering from a receding hairline, bald spots or thinning hair? Excessive hair loss can affect a person’s confidence and shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s often caused by a combination of factors including family history, hormonal changes, medical conditions, medications and stress. Here we speak to Dr Chua Han Boon from SW1 Clinic, who fills us in on some of the best medical-grade aesthetic treatments that help to reduce hair loss.
One of the most common treatments available in the market is Finasteride or Propecia, an FDA-approved prescription drug that treats hair loss in men. It’s one of the few clinically proven medications that work, and studies have shown that it helps to slow down hair loss, as well as boost hair growth. Although it’s generally well tolerated, the most common side effects are related to sexual dysfunction. Another widely used medication is Minoxidil. Easily available over the counter and popular with both men and women, this medication must be used continuously to maintain the condition of the existing hair follicles and promote hair regrowth.
At SW1 Clinic, “hair-cials” (facials for the hair) like Revitascalp are a popular solution. This 40-minute, non-invasive procedure features a targeted blast of nutrients that are scientifically known to support a healthy growth of hair. Ingredients include vitamin B12, folic acid, protein-building amino acids and the aforementioned Minoxidil to help inhibit the production of DHT, a hormone responsible for male pattern hair loss. Best done weekly for severe hair thinning, or fortnightly for mild to moderate cases, the treatment requires a series of 12 sessions for optimal results.
For an added boost, you can complement Revitalscalp with Revage 670 Laser, an FDA-approved, low-level laser therapy that utilises Rotational PhotoTherapy (RPT) to rejuvenate thinning hair in both men and women. Suitable for all skin types and hair colours, this laser treatment has been proven to increase hair density by an average of 40 percent.
With modern technology and new paradigms in research, doctors are introducing less invasive techniques with little downtime. One example offered at SW1 Clinic is Kera-Clone, known as the next-generation hair transplant that doesn’t require an extensive grafting of the scalp. It has no harmful effects and works like a mini hair transplant, stimulating the production and restoration of fuller hair growth over time. For most patients, the 30-minute medical procedure may yield results after one month. Best results are expected after three to six months.
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