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The most effective treatments for hair loss

The latest statistics suggest that 50% of men over the age of 50 suffer from androgenetic alopecia, which is the most common form of baldness. Whether your hair loss presents as widespread hair thinning or complete baldness, it isn’t an issue you need to be worried about. That said, baldness can be an emotionally upsetting problem.

You may notice that you lose your confidence or find that you’re no longer happy with your physical appearance. If this is the case, you’ll be pleased to know that there are a number of effective treatments available. Here, we’ll break down the effectiveness of the main ones.

Hair transplants

A hair transplant is an invasive procedure where hair follicles are taken from one part of your scalp and transplanted to the bald areas of your head. There are a number of ways hair transplants are conducted, including follicular unit extraction (FUE) and follicular unit transplantation (FUT) procedures. These procedures are long-lasting and highly effective.

The main drawback of getting a hair transplant is usually the cost of the procedure. The exact cost of your procedure will depend on the type of procedure, the number of grafts you require, the skill of the surgeon undertaking your procedure and the location of the clinic. This makes hair transplants incredibly expensive.

In the UK, for example, a procedure may cost you up to £30,000. However, you could make savings by going abroad. By comparison, Turkey is a cheap place to get a hair transplant, and you may experience savings of up to 80% when compared to the cost of the procedure in the UK.

Scalp micro-pigmentation

If you like the idea of a permanent solution but don’t want to go through an invasive procedure, then scalp micro-pigmentation may be a better option. During this procedure, a doctor gives you a form of a medical tattoo, using small dots to mimic the look of short hair. However, this treatment only works if you wear your hair short, and it doesn’t always look natural up close.

Finasteride and minoxidil

If you visit a doctor to discuss your hair loss, then they’re likely to prescribe you with either finasteride or minoxidil.

However, it’s important to know that these drugs are not considered to be long-term solutions. This is because, not only do they not work for everyone, but they also only work for as long as they’re used. This means that, as soon as you stop paying for the drug, any benefits will stop.

Propecia

If you’re suffering from male pattern baldness, then you can get a prescription for finasteride, which is usually sold under the brand name Propecia. This is a tablet that you’ll need to take once a day and it works by preventing testosterone in your body from converting into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which damages your follicles. Like finasteride or minoxidil, Propecia will only work for as long as you take the medication.

Do I actually need any treatment?

As long as you don’t suffer from any of the following symptoms and you’re not feeling any level of distress, you do not need to see a doctor about your hair loss:

  • Your hair loss is sudden and unexpected
  • Noticeable bald patches are appearing
  • Hair is coming out in clumps
  • Your head is itchy
  • You feel a burning sensation on your head

If you do have any of these symptoms, then it’s best to consult your doctor immediately. They’ll be able to inform you what’s causing your hair loss and which treatments are available for you. However, please be aware that most treatments aren’t available on the NHS, so you’ll have to pay for these privately.

If you’re suffering from hair loss, the good news is that a number of treatment options are available. Discuss these with your doctor who will advise you based on your situation. They’ll get you feeling healthy, happy and confident again in no time.