What is the best hair loss treatment

Hair Loss Treatments Options

One of the most frustrating things about experiencing hair loss is deciding what hair loss treatment is best for you and your situation.  There are so many hair loss treatments available to try.  And trying to find the BEST hair loss treatment for yourself can be confusing because there is a lot of conflicting information on the internet.  At Great Directions, we pride ourselves in only offering treatments that have been MEDICALLY PROVEN to help treat hair loss.  This webpage aims to INFORM and EDUCATE clients on the difference between PRP and other hair loss treatments.  Before deciding which of the following hair loss treatments you should or can use, please consult with your local GP/Doctor or Qualified Health Professional.

Hair Loss Treatments that are medically proven to work include: 

  • PRP for Hair Loss: A simple 60-75min procedure that uses the growth factors within your own blood supply to assist in promoting thicker and stronger hair growth.  PRP helps to enhance the QUALITY and QUANTITY of blood supply to your hair follicles and is one of the non-drug related hair loss treatments available.
  • Finasteride (aka Propecia):  A prescription medication that helps reduce DHT levels.
  • Dutasteride (aka Avodart): A stronger prescription medication (compared to finasteride) it also helps to reduce DHT levels.
  • Minoxidil (aka Rogaine, Hair-A-Gain etc):  A topical oil/lotion or foam that is applied topically to the hair loss region.  It helps by promoting blood supply. 
  • Low Level Laser Therapy:  A non-invasive and non-drug treatment that assists to promote blood supply to the hair follicles.
  • Skin Needling Rollers:  A non-drug hair loss treatment that involves rolling a device over the area’s that are impacted by hair loss or thinning.  The device that contains hundreds of extremely tiny needles made from medical grade stainless steel.  The device promotes blood supply to the hair follicles (Increases QUALITY + QUANTITY of blood supply to your hair follicles)
  • Vitamins & Supplements:  Some supplements can assist in boosting the QUANTITY or amount of blood supply to your hair follicles, and some supplements can assist in enhancing the QUALITY of the blood that your hair follicles receives (by enhancing the nutrient levels within your blood).
  • Hair Transplantation:  A surgical procedure that involves MOVING hair from the sides and back of the scalp and REDISTRIBUTING or IMPLANTING the hairs into the area’s you have experienced hair loss in.
  • Scalp Micropigmentation: Involves using a form of cosmetic tattooing to hide the appearance of the scalp.
  • Units, Systems or Non-Surgical Hair Transplant Devices:  Also known as a wig.  It provides instant and immediate coverage of the scalp.  Ideal for patients who have experienced total hair loss, meaning the hair follicles are completely dead and therefore hair loss treatments that can help to restore them would be useless.  In this instance this option is a great hair loss treatment option.
  • Shampoos and Conditioners:  There are 3 types of shampoo and conditioners, they either help to promote the health of the hair OR they help to promote the health of the scalp OR both. By caring for your hair AND cleansing the scalp AND moisturising and strengthening the region at the same time can assist with hair loss to a degree. 
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Finasteride vs PRP for Hair Loss

Finasteride is a drug that is available in the form of a tablet that helps to lower DHT.  To purchase finasteride, you will need a prescription from your GP/Doctor.  It requires daily consumption for 6-9 months before starting to have much of an effect and then it still needs to be taken every day to continue to experience its benefits.  Finasteride can not grow more new hair, however it may assist in regrowing thicker hair.  Prodominantly, finasteride helps to slow down and stabilise genetic hair loss.  The sooner a patient starts this medication, the better the results they will experience.  Unfortunately this medication can cause sexual side effects and it can cause lethargy along with other side effects.  Please consult your doctor before deciding if this treatment is suitable for you.

PRP is not a drug, it is made from a person’s own blood supply.  It does not lower DHT levels, however it helps to repair the damage to the hair follicle that is caused by DHT.    Unlike finasteride, PRP does not cause any sexual side effects nor does it impact a person’s energy levels.  PRP requires 4 x Treatments spaced 1-4 weeks apart then maintenance treatments every 2-6 months apart.  Initial improvements  can often be experienced within 1-2 months of commencing the treatment.  Because PRP is made from a person’s own blood supply, their diet, stress, alcohol and other medications/drugs that are consumed, may alter how “strong” a person’s PRP treatment is.  Patients who follow our pre-treatment recommendations (click here) have consistently shown to achieve better and faster results than those patients who did not follow our recommendations.

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Minoxidil vs PRP for Hair Loss

Minoxidil is a drug that comes in the form of lotion, oil or a foam and is applied topically to the scalp  It is available over the counter at pharmacies up to 5% strength, anything stronger than that will require a doctors prescription.  Minoxidil helps to increase blood supply to your hair follicles. It has no impact on a patients DHT levels, however the increased blood supply helps to repair the damage DHT causes.  It requires twice daily application for at least 3-6 months before having much effect and continuous twice daily application is required to maintain the results.  The sooner a patient starts this medication, the better the results they will experience.  Unfortunately this medication can cause scalp redness, sensitivity, inflamation which can result in a flakey scalp being experienced.  Please consult your doctor before deciding if this treatment is suitable for you.

Minoxidil ONLY enhances the AMOUNT blood supply to your follicles, whereas PRP increases the AMOUNT and also the QUALITY of blood supply to your follicles.  PRP is not required twice a day like minoxidil is, PRP only requires 4 x treatments 1-4 weeks apart then maintenance treatments every 2-6 months depending on the patient.  Minoxidil commonly causes scalp irritation, this can also negatively impact your ability to grow thicker and healthier hair.  PRP helps to improve both your hair follicle + scalp health at the same time.  

Laser Caps or LLLT vs PRP for Hair Loss

Low Level Laser Therapy is abbreviated as LLLT.  LLLT Hair Loss Treatments are available as an in-chair treatment at clinics or as a treatment that you do yourself at home.  LLLT uses flashing lights which trigger blood supply to be improved in the area’s it is used on.  LLLT helps to increase blood supply to your hair follicles. It has no impact on a patients DHT levels, however the increased blood supply helps to repair the damage DHT causes.  It is not possible to state the treatment timings/intervals as this depends on the strength and quality of device being used.   Most LLLT devices report that continued usage for up to 6 months is required before having much effect and then continuous usage is required to maintain the results.  The sooner a patient starts this treatment, the better the results they will experience.   Please consult your doctor before deciding if this treatment is suitable for you.

LLLT promotes normal blood supply levels in the body, however PRP increases normal blood supply levels AND directly delivers concentrated & enriched blood support.  Therefore, PRP is not required as often as LLLT.  PRP only requires 4 x treatments 1-4 weeks apart then maintenance treatments every 2-6 months depending on the patient.    

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Hair Transplants vs PRP for Hair Loss

A Hair Transplant is a walk in – walk out medical procedure that involves MOVING hair follicles from one part of the body to the area that has experienced hair loss.  The hair that is transplanted will NO LONGER grow back in the area it was taken from.  The hair that is transplanted is genetically resistant to the effects of genetic hair loss, and therefore can be considered permanent.  However, a Hair Transplant should not be confused as a Permanent Hair Loss Treatment, the transplanted grafts are permanent however a hair transplant procedure does NOT permanently stop you from experiencing hair loss.
•  A Hair Transplant CAN NOT slow down or prevent further hair loss.
•  A Hair Transplant CAN NOT promote the regrowth of thicker hair (when your hair has become thin).
•  A Hair Transplant CAN NOT give you have a full head of hair, because a transplant MOVES hair from one area of the scalp to another.  

In order to achieve the FULLEST head of hair, patients are recommended to use PRP to prevent further hair and to promote the regrowth of thicker and healthier hair AND then use the hair transplant to replace the hair that has experienced permanent hair loss. 

PRP is great to do before, during and after a hair transplant procedure. It helps to boost the success of the transplant and can significantly speed up the recovery time (in some cases PRP has shown to reduce recovery from a hair transplant from 18 months to 6 months!)

If you would like to Great Directions to help you plan a hair transplant or to discuss any other hair loss treatments (either in Australia or Overseas), please view our dedicated hair transplant page:  Click Here  

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