Non Surgical Hairloss Treatments

Minoxidil

Originally developed for the treatment of high blood pressure, Minoxidil is a drug which produces modest hair growth in patients with thinning hair.

Unfortunately, to maintain this hair growth, Minoxidil treatment must be continued daily for life or the results will be quickly lost. Minoxidil is available over the counter at pharmacies.

Finasteride

Developed to counteract prostate enlargement, this drug retards hair loss in males and in about 50% of patients some regrowth can be seen after 6-12 months. Please note that the doses are much smaller than for its original intended use.

Wigs, Toupees, Hair Fusion, Hair Extensions, Hair Weaves and Hair Pieces

No matter what they are called, all of these devices are artificial prostheses, which are attached to the scalp by varying methods. The most common is by the aid of double sided adhesive tape and miniature clips. Other methods have involved the use of wire loops sewn into the scalp.

In the process of hair weaving, the hairpiece is firmly attached to the remaining natural hair but needs to be adjusted every 5-6 weeks as the unit becomes looser due to growth of the underlying hair. Problems may occur at these points of attachment as the continuous pulling may lead to permanent hair loss in these regions.

A further problem is that scalp sweating may cause odours and deterioration of the hairpiece. You can shower or swim in a wig but these activities may hasten the deterioration of the unit so that frequent refurbishment is necessary. Generally speaking, hair pieces need to be replaced every 1-2 years and re-tinting can be necessary every 6 months or so.