Plenty of women in Australia love the clean look of a bald man, but not all men want to lose their hair if at all possible. The good news is, you don’t have to go suffer from baldness! Over the past decade, medical advances have led to treatments for hair loss that won’t drain all your savings. But why do men go bald at all? It’s well-known what causes male pattern baldness, and it’s got nothing to do with nurture. It’s got everything to do with cruel old nature – the trait is called ‘polygenic’, it’s complex, and there are up to five genes involved. Consider this: No matter what they eat, how stressed they are, or what they do in their lives, identical twins have the same levels of baldness at the same age, pattern, and rate. It’s the interaction of the genes that govern the outcomes of male pattern hair loss, but you can do something about the health of your scalp to promote hair growth. The following treatments are available at Bioscor, just call and talk to one of our experts.
We have more than 20 years of experience in providing highly effective, clinically-proven aesthetic hair regrowth health solutions.
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Dermatologists and general practitioners have prescribed Finasteride for the past 15 years since it was approved by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration(1) (TGA) to treat hair loss. The drug blocks the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme, which prevents testosterone from being converted to dihydrotestosterone in the prostate gland. Talk to your health professional because you need a prescription. Your doctor give you a health check and explain the risks and benefits of Finasteride, but if taken at the first sign of hair loss, you won’t go bald, and the drug won’t interact with other medications. However, there’s a low risk of erectile dysfunction, reduced libido and ejaculation issues. It only costs about $200 for a year’s supply.
We understand that individual patients have different needs and concerns regarding their appearance, and we will strive to provide a hair loss solution for you.
We have doctors, qualified nurses and trained consultants available to answer any queries so talk to us; we can render support at all times.
Minoxidil was first developed in the 1950s as an anti-hypertensive drug, but it resulted in unwanted hair growth. In the late 1980s, it was rebranded and made into a lotion for the scalp to increase hair growth, and it became popular worldwide, including in Australia. Minoxidil is also approved by the TGA and can be bought over the counter for prices ranging from $15 to $60, depending on the amount you buy and the brand. You should talk to your doctor or health care provider to find out if it will conflict with any other medications you might be taking – especially for high blood pressure. Minoxidil stimulates new hair growth rather than preventing a progression of hair loss. And since doctors can now use laser treatments for unwanted hair growth elsewhere on the body, the drug is used more often if your health has been checked by your doctor.
If your hair loss is past the stage where Finasteride or Minoxidil will be effective, you can consider hair transplantation, which is a cosmetic surgical procedure vastly improved in recent times. There are several options to choose from, but they all revolve around removing skin with hair follicles from one part of the scalp and grafting it onto an area where there is no hair, or where it has thinned out. The downside is the cost ($5,000 to $10,000), and a scar on the back of the scalp, which means you’ll need to let your hair grow longer. Follicular unit extraction is another choice – in this procedure, many tiny punch grafts are inserted into the scalp, which heal invisibly. The only limit to follicular unit extraction is if there is not enough hair on the non-bald parts of the scalp to take the grafts from. Chest and body hair have been used, but artificial hair implants are the last resort. Artificial hairs will cover the scalp, but they don’t grow, go grey or regenerate.
There are also other suggested alternative measures for the health of your hair such as dietary supplements, vitamins, stem-cells, platelet-rich plasma and laser treatments for balding and hair loss, but they have yet to be proven methods. Also, these treatments are not cheap, and their value is rated as poor when compared to the above-mentioned TGA-approved therapies. Talk to your Bioscor hair replacement doctor in Australia about these therapies.
How Hair Loss Treatments Compare
- Finasteride: It’s most effective at suppressing the progress of genetically caused hair loss, and some men will gain partial regrowth. The sooner treatment is begun, the better the outcome.
- Minoxidil: It stimulates new growth rather than preventing the progression of hair loss. This drug works better before you go bald. If you still have hair, you will regrow more than those who have gone bald.
- Both: The best chance to both suppress hair loss and maximise hair regrowth is to use both Finasteride and Minoxidil under the supervision of a hair restoration specialist such as Bioscor.
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