Hairloss Medications

While surgical hair restoration is the only permanent hair loss treatment solution, there are hair loss medications that may be used as stand alone treatments or prescribed in conjunction with a hair transplant procedure as part of an overall customized treatment plan. These medications play a role in reversing hair loss and in slowing down future loss and work very well for some patients, but not necessarily all patients.

Medications do take time to work with some patients having to wait up to 6 months or a year to see the results. It is not uncommon, for a patient to experience some amount of shedding in the first few months of getting started taking the medication. All drugs should be taken under the care and advisement of a physician. Sustained reversal or slowing of hair loss is contingent upon taking the medication properly and consistently. Discontinued use of a medication will cause a patient to return to the degree of hair loss they had prior to taking the medications.

Dutasteride (Avodart)

Dutasteride, or otherwise known as Avodart is a 0.5mg soft capsule that is actually licesed for use in benign prostate hyperplasia. It does however indirectly help with male pattern baldness. This drug treatment is only suitable for men.

How does it work?
Dutasteride works in the same way Propecia does. Dutasteride inhibits both Type I and Type II 5-alpha reductase enzymes responsible for the conversion of testosterone to DHT in doing so it reduces the level of DHT in the scalp which can shorten the hair growth cycle and allows hairs to revert back to a normal growth cycle.

How often do I take it?
Dutasteride capusules are taken once daily. Continual usage for 3-6 months is crucial before results start to show.

Are there any side effects?
Dutasteride is very well tolerated in men, however a small proportion of patients do suffer some side effects. These can include headaches, allergic reaction, impotency and decrease in libido. These are however, often temporary and resolve when medication is stopped. Official figures show that only 2% of men experience any side effects.

Propecia/Finasteride

Propecia, otherwise know and Finasteride, is a licensed drug specifically used to treat hair loss and male pattern baldness. It comes in the form of a 1mg tablet. This drug treatment is only suitable for men.

How does it work?
It is medically known that the gradual thinning of successive hair and the eventual loss of hair on the scalp in men can be caused by the action of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Propecia works by inhibiting Type II 5-alpha reductase, the enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT, in doing so it reduces the level of DHT in the scalp which can shorten the hair growth cycle and allows hairs to revert back to a normal growth cycle.

Clinical Trials conducted on thousands of men have shown that after 2 years of use 66% of men showed increased hair growth. 30% of men showed a slight improvement, 31% moderate improvement and 5% great increase. 83% of men in the trial showed no further hair loss.

How often do I take it?
Propecia tablets are to be taken once daily. It is important to use continuously for 3-6 months before results are evident.

Are there any side effects?
Propecia is very well tolerated in men, however a small proportion of patients do suffer some side effects. These can include headaches, allergic reaction, impotency and decrease in libido. These are however, often temporary and resolve when medication is stopped. Official figures show that only 2% of men experience any side effects.

Minoxidil and Minoxidil + Progesterone

We offer 2 types of Minoxidil, one for men and one for women. Minoxodil is different to the other drugs as this is a liquid based treatment which is massaged into the scalp. The Minoxidil on its own can be used by females and the Minoxidil + Progestrone is used by men.
How does it work?
Minoxidil is a clear liquid scalp medication that should be applied directly onto the scalp and not massaged into your hair. The actual method of how it works still remains a mystery in the medical world, there are however theories that Minoxidil diates the blood vessels around the hair follicles, which in turn increases the nutrient supply and this is what encourage hair growth.

How often do I take it?
Apply 1ml twice daily. We recommend once in the morning and once in the evening. To apply create a parting in the hair with a comb, apply gentle pressure on the syringe so the solution slowly pours into the scalp. Gently massage into the scalp making sure the entire parting is covered. Then create another parting an inch further over the sclap and repeat the process until you have covered the whole affected area.

Are there any side effects?
There are minimal side effects with Minoxidil, all of which are very well torelated in men and women. They can include headaches, rashes and mild facial hair growth.

Viviscal Professional Supplements

There are many types of hair loss, but telogen effluvium (temporary hair loss) can be brought on by stress, hormonal changes, poor diet or even some hair styling treatments. Whatever the cause, the body stops providing the scalp with the nutrients needed for healthy hair growh. Individual strands become thin and wispy before ceasing to grow at all.

How does it work?
If the follicles receive the necessary stimulus and nutrients from the body, thinning hair can be stabilised and existing hair growth can be strengthened. Marine enriched Viviscal Professional Hair Nourishment supplements with 28% active protein provide those essential nutrients to nourish your hair naturally from within.

  • Scientifically proven formula with exclusive AminoMar C active ingredient
  • Marine enriched tablets with 28% protein
  • Organic, soluble silica tablets, fortified with vitamin C
  • 100% natural ingredients

This treatment is suitable for both men and women. Viviscal Professional supplements work in 4 stages overa 6 month period, though mos users will notice a difference after 3-4 months, in line with the natural hair growth cycle

  1. Stage 1: Nourishes the hair follicles
  2. Stage 2: Strengthens and encourages the growth of existing hair
  3. Stage 3: Encourages growth of existing hair where it has slowed down or stopped
  4. Stage 4: These hairs become stronger, healthier and more vibrant

Scientific Studies:
Viviscal was developed by Finnish scientists and the formula has been scientifically tested and scrutinised. The following findings have been published in leading international journals:

  • 92% experienced regrowth of hair after 6 months
  • 54% experienced 70-95% regrowth after 12 months
  • 88% rated their satisfaction with treatment results as good or higly satisfied

How often do I take it?
Vivscal tablets are to be taken twice daily. It is important to use continuously for 3-6 months before results are evident.

Viviscal shampoo is also available for maximum results. It complements the supplements by gently cleansing the scalp and removing any dead skin cells to provide the ideal environment for healthy hair growth.