Advice On Treatment Options
Your treatment options depend on your stage of hair loss and how much effort and money you want to commit.
OPTION 1. DO NOTHING – ANY STAGE
If it all seems to you to be not worth the effort then at least get a medical checkup to assess your risk of the metabolic syndrome and later diabetes and heart disease. The general consensus on the combover is that it is not as good an option as the number 1 cut and even Donald Trump is having trouble pulling it off.
OPTION 2. MEDICAL TREATMENT – BEST FOR STAGE 2 – 4
Medical treatment at the moment involves serums and platelet rich plasma (PRP) special shampoos and conditioners. You need to stimulate your scalp and increase blood flow with needling treatments.
You can see a GP and get finasteride prescribed or you can get monoxidil from the chemist.
We recommend a combination of treatments, including light treatments. There are special options for hair or you can use the top of the line machines in clinic like the Heal lite 2 which Beautiphi uses for hair and body treatments.
Getting your scalp skin in great condition is paramount.
Medical treatments are required regularly to maintain results.
You can look at it like going to the gym to maintain your body rather than trying liposuction. Or think of life 100 years ago when noone showered daily or brushed their teeth. People were pretty smelly back then and very few people had all their teeth at the age of 20. These days we shower, shave, use deodorant and brush our teeth for our health and appearances sake. You can do the same with your hair.
OPTION 3. HAIRPIECES – BEST FOR STAGE 5 PLUS
These can look pretty natural these days. I suspect they can get hot and itchy but I’m not an expert in this area.
OPTION 4. HAIR TRANSPLANTS BEST FOR STAGE 4 PLUS
The idea behind hair transplants is sound. Transplant hair from the back of the scalp to the bald patch. The hair from the back of the scalp is developmentally different to the top of the scalp and lasts a lifetime. The procedure is done under local anaesthetic and leaves a scar at the back of the scalp. You will never be able to shave your head or have a number one haircut without this being obvious. Newer treatments are robotic and take individual hairs from the back of your scalp and move them to the front. Vastly better I have heard than traditional methods of hair transplant.
The thing about transplants is the cost. Transplants are priced out at about $10-12 per hair follicle transplanted. To cover a receding scalp (stage 4) requires 300 follicles ($3-4000). If that is all you do and the hair keeps receding you will be left with a tuft of hair at the front unless you have more transplants. The number of follicles needed to take care of a stage 6 or 7 scalp is 1000 to 1500 at a cost of $15000 plus. You can travel overseas to India or KL and get these a lot cheaper but you need to research your practitioners extensively to ensure the plugs are not implanted too deeply and give you unsightly bumps.