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Other Hair Loss Treatments

Overview

New methods of hair loss treatment and prevention are constantly being developed — and they often come to the market making sensational claims about their success rates. While some of these newer treatments may indeed work, most are still unproven and see mixed results.

You may wish to try some (or all!) of these treatments, especially if more established ones have not worked for you — but bear in mind that they can be expensive, and they may make no difference to your hair at all.

Please read on for an overview of newer and more experimental hair loss treatments. If you would like more information, our expert Trichologists are always happy to discuss treatment options with our Clients.

Please contact our dedicated reception teams in London and New York to make a Clinic appointment.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment (PRP)

Aimed at: Female Pattern Hair Loss, Male Pattern Hair Loss, Alopecia Areata, Traction Alopecia, Trichotillomania

What is PRP Treatment?

PRP treatment has been in use for several years in skin rejuvenation (you may have heard of its use in the ‘vampire facial’) — but its deployment as a hair loss therapy is more recent.

PRP is performed by a dermatologist. A blood sample is drawn from your arm using a regular blood-test-size needle. It is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the plasma (white blood cells and platelets) from the red blood cells. The plasma is then re-injected into the dermal layer of your scalp, in areas of sparse density. The theory is that the platelets, or growth cells, contained in the plasma will stimulate hair growth.

Does PRP Work?

PRP is expensive, and its efficacy has not yet been proven. Some people do report good results, and for Clients who have tried other forms of hair loss treatment without success, it may be a good option. Our experts are always happy to discuss treatment options with our Clients.

Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

Aimed at: Female Pattern Hair Loss, Male Pattern Hair Loss, Alopecia Areata, Traction Alopecia, Trichotillomania

What is Low-Level Laser Therapy?

LLLT involves the use of low-level lasers directed at your scalp, with the aim of stimulating your hair follicles. The lasers are sold as at-home devices, either in the form of a laser helmet worn on your head, or a laser comb that can be drawn across your scalp. The devices claim to halt hair loss, encourage hair growth, and improve hair density. 

Does LLLT Work?

Some studies report positive results, as do some users. LLLT may be worth trying if other treatments have not worked for you. However, the devices are relatively expensive and their benefits are still unproven. In the USA, LLLT has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration for safety.

Microneedling

Aimed at: Female Pattern Hair Loss, Male Pattern Hair Loss, Alopecia Areata, Traction Alopecia, Trichotillomania

What is Microneedling?

During microneedling, a ‘dermaroller’ covered with tiny, pin-sized needles is rolled across your scalp in order to create ‘micro-wounds’. To heal these micro-wounds, your scalp skin will draw extra blood-flow, nutrients and stem cells, and will produce extra collagen. The idea is that these elements not only heal your skin, but also stimulate and strengthen your hair follicles to encourage hair growth.

Microneedling can be carried out either with an at-home dermaroller, or by a dermatologist.

Does Microneedling Work?

Microneedling has been used in skin and beauty circles for several years, and practitioners claim it helps create a firmer, more glowing complexion. Its use in hair loss treatment is quite new. Some studies cite increased hair growth after 12 weeks, but there is as yet no definitive report. If you decide to try microneedling, be careful of infection — the wounds are tiny, but both your scalp and your dermaroller must be kept clean.

Mesotherapy

Aimed at: Female Pattern Hair Loss, Male Pattern Hair Loss, Traction Alopecia, Trichotillomania

What is Mesotherapy?

Mesotherapy involves injecting a solution of vitamins and nutrients into the mesoderm (middle skin layer) of your scalp, in order to stimulate hair growth. The ingredients of this solution vary according to the practitioner (usually a dermatologist) — but they commonly include elements like amino acids, biotin, and growth cells.

Does Mesotherapy Work?

Mesotherapy has been used in dermatology for several decades, with claims that it reduces fine lines and aids skin-cell regeneration. Its use in hair loss treatment is new, and there is little evidence to suggest whether it works, or what its side-effects might involve. If you are considering trying mesotherapy, our experts are always happy to discuss treatment options with our Clients.