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Hush Hairloss - Wigs and hairpieces Aberdeen

06/11/14
Sorry if I'm going to sound bemoaning....

Personally I believe you’d be better off keeping your money in your pocket. Also spend your time better by doing something more fun than this.

At the moment, regrettably, there is no magic cure for hair loss.  Like there is no magic cure for weight loss. We all want it so badly, so get sucked into the hope that these treatments give us. I am covering these here, as it is good to have the information, but I am not a believer in any of these.

Many of these treatments have side-effects and may be painful or bad for your health. They are also only effective while you’re using the potion, lotion or whatever else. They take a long time before any (if any) improvement is seen. So many require a life-time commitment (or until a better solution is found). Similarly, it works for a few but not for all, so it greatly depends on your specific circumstances and diagnosis.

So if you’re still keen to try these and think you may be the one on which these treatments may just work, please first discuss it with your GP.

Finastrade –This should only be used by men as it prevents the conversion of one hormone into another hormone (testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT)). This comes in tablet form and is taken daily as prescribed by a medical practitioner. It is currently only available on private prescriptions. If you’re a women, please don’t use this as you will be messing with your hormones which may have long-term implications.

Minoxidil –This can be used by men and women but different strengths and mixes apply depending on whether a female or male is using the lotion. The lotion is rubbed on the scalp at least once a day, and can be bought off the shelf. Thus no prescription is required. I have tried this before myself but have been one of the unlucky ones to not even see any improvement.

Corticosteroids – These can either be injected into or rubbed onto the affected area.  It suppresses the immune system as it is believed that the immune system is causing the hair loss in the affected area. However, there are side effects, which may include the skin in the area thinning. The injections are also painful and cannot be applied to a large area at any one time. The hair regrowth also only happens while the treatment is ongoing, and because it has side effects it may not be a good long-term solution for hair loss.

Immunotherapy – This is where diphencyprone (DPCP) is applied weekly to the affected area.  Alternatively dithranol cream can be applied regularly. Normally the treated area develops varying degrees of eczema or skin irritations and some may have a severe allergic reaction. 

Ultraviolet light treatment – Personally this is my most disliked treatment, as it may increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Being a survivor of a melanoma myself, I am not fond of anything that effectively makes your skin vulnerable to cancer. So I will not even consider discussing it here.

Cloning – The science is still being developed. Cloned hair cells are injected in the affected areas with the hope of taking root. This is similar to hair transplants, but will be more for people where they do not have enough hair to make a transplant possible.

Source: NHS website