Thinning Hair Treatment
LaserCap™ is an innovative, low-level laser treatment for thinning hair.
LaserCap™ works by using low level laser light that stimulates hair growth in thinning areas of the scalp. The device is portable and easy to use and is totally compatible with all other types of hair loss treatment.
LaserCap™ is rapidly transforming how we treat thinning hair. The device has a total of 224 individual lasers in a flexible, hermetically-sealed dome-shaped membrane that fits comfortably on the inside of almost any hat or cap. LaserCap™ is powered by a small battery that can clip on to your belt or be put in your handbag and offers low level laser power that you can use in the comfort of your own home, or even out and about. The device fits discretely under your cap so no one has to know you are wearing it. The LaserCap™ is available to purchase at the Knudsen Clinic.Contact us to discuss how the LaserCap™ could help you treat your hair loss!
Oral Enzyme Blockade
The best enzyme blocker is an oral medication available by prescription only. Scientific studies over the last 5 years have shown that it can regrow thinning hair in up to 66% of men (of which 36% would be regarded as significant regrowth) and that it can stop hair loss and thinning hair progression in over 80% of cases. It is an enzyme-blocking agent that prevents the conversion of testosterone (the principal male sex hormone) to dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
The amount of the enzyme 5 alpha reductase that occurs in the hair follicles in the scalp seems to be genetically determined and influences both the amount of hair loss and thinning hait and the age at which this occurs. It is remarkably safe having been used on men with enlarged prostate glands for over 15 years with no serious side effects. Less than 1% of patients report any sexual performance side effects which are mild, often only transient, and can be reduced by taking the drug on an intermittent basis (e.g. taking the tablet every 2nd or 3rd day).
The medication works best for early thinning hair or moderate hair loss with all the scalp hair responding to prevention of hair thinning. Reversal of hair loss works best in the crown, probably because hair is lost earlier in the frontal region and is more advanced here by the time hair loss treatment begins. Recently a new stronger blocker has been released which may be useful in patients who don't fully respond to thinning hair treatment using the existing blocker.
All patients who may benefit from this type of hair loss treatment are offered an enzyme blocker at the initial consultation. A combination of this medicine and hair transplant surgery may provide the best outcome in many patients with thinning hair and hair loss. the medication is generally only offered to men.
Minoxidil solution (also known as Regaine) applied to the scalp has been available for 15 years and is now available without prescription from a Chemist.
It is available in two strengths - 2% solution and 5% solution. It acts as a hair stimulant (the growth phase of the hair follicle is lengthened) and is mildly effective in the early stages of male pattern (and female pattern) hair loss to stop or retard further thinning hair and hair loss.
It also is more effective on the top and back of the scalp than at the frontal hairline.
The higher concentration (5% solution) has been shown to produce both an earlier and better response than the 2% solution.
We'd be happy to answer any of your queries about treatments for thinning hair and any of the products featured on our website.