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Hair Loss & Thinning Hair
the only proven medical treatments are Minoxidil as a lotion and
Finasteride as an oral medication.
There are also lots of tonics sold in the shop, which claim to
be effective in reducing hair loss, or even reversing the whole
process to full recovery. The majorities do not have enough
evidences to substantiate their claims, and to use them as a
sole treatment would be a waste of time and money.
However, there are a few that do have some convincing medical
evidences, then again they are best viewed as supplementary
treatments in a programme of multiple therapies, in which each
of them contributes a certain percentage of effectiveness.
The recent development of stem cells therapy has also found its
way into hair loss treatments and there are evidences that they
can be surprisingly encouraging even in cases not responding to
the standard Finasteride in Androgenic Alopecia.
The various treatments we use in our Hair and Scalp Care Centre
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Hair Regrowth Therapy
- Anti-Hairloss Cosmeceutical
- Oral Supplements
- Oral Medication
- Stem Cell Micro-Needles Therapy
- Light Therapy
Hair and Scalp Care Room
According to the requirement of
individual cases, these will be tailored for different people in
different combinations. The aim is to create a synergistic
action. We will take photographs from the beginning and monitor
the progress at every single visit, in order to achieve the best
result for everyone.
It contains OPC,
Oligomeric Proantocyanidin, a kind of flavanol catechin proven to be
a hair growth stimulant, in researches published in Journal of
Investigative Dermatology and Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. It
has intensive anti-oxidant activity and can revert hair growth from
resting phase to growth phase.
Other ingredients include:
Oleanolic acid, which can inhibit 5 alpha reductase;
Apigenin, and Biotinyl GHK, which promote the adhesive proteins, and
therefore anchoring power, at the dermis / root sheath junction,
such as Laminin 5 and Collagen IV.
Lotions and Serums
Minoxidil works directly towards the inside of follicles. It opens
the potassium channels, which in turn increases the blood
circulation and cells turnover, as well as lengthens the growth
phase and switches hair from the resting phase to the growth phase.
Treatment regime is to apply in the areas beginning to thin, twice
daily. This is effective in suppressing further hair loss. It is
available in 2% and 5%.
Some people may have mild irritation at the site of application. 3 %
of female users may experience excessive hair growth in the face,
which is not desirable.
2. Oligomeric Proantocyanidin
It has intensive anti-oxidant activity, and encourages the
proliferation of epithelial cells and keratinocytes in the hair
follicles. Overall the hair follicles are stimulated to revert from
resting phase to growth phase.
3. Oleanolic acid
It inhibits the 5 alpha reductase I and II, the enzymes involved in
the production of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and development of male
4. Apigenin and Biotinyl GHK
They promote the adhesive proteins at the dermis / root sheath
junction, thereby increasing the anchoring power and prevent hair
from falling off. These proteins include Laminin 5 and Collagen IV.
These consist of wheat protein peptide, glutamic acid, proline,
serine and leucine, which increase the blood supply to the hair
root, and also enhance the hair shaft structure to better withstand
mechanical and thermal stresses.
6. Vitamins and Minerals.
These include Biotin (vitamin H), Dexpanthenol (vitamin B5),
Pyridoxine (vitamin B6), Zinc, Selenium, and Copper peptides. They
work together to promote blood circulation around the hair root,
protect the budding hair with anti-oxidant activities, and encourage
a more robust and resilient hair structure.
These include a
lot of essential nutrients to help maintain healthy skin and hair.
Vitamins B1 (Thiamin); B2 (Riboflavin); B3 (Niacin); B5 (Pantothenic
acid); B6 (Pyridoxine); B12 (Cyanocobalamin); H (Biotin)
Vitamin A; C; D; E and Folic acid.
Minerals: Iron; Magnesium; Zinc; Iodine; Manganese; Copper; Silicon;
The only one
currently available is Finasteride. It was first used to treat
enlarged prostate gland. It blocks the enzyme 5-alpha Reductase II,
which makes Dihydrotestosterone. It is most effective only in mild
to moderate cases, and not those advanced stages with balding for
many years. Clinical researches showed that in the first year of
treatment, around 50% of people experience increases in the hair
density, and it increases to 66% after 2 years.
Although Finasteride is effective in making hair grow back in the
centre of the scalp, but is really not too satisfactory in improving
the stage 2 or 3 hair loss in the corners of the forehead. This may
be due to differences of the 2 areas in their sensitivity to DHT.
The regime is to take a 1mg tablet daily. It usually takes 2 - 3
months to notice the first sign of hair growing back. The hair grown
back may be lost again gradually in 12 months once the treatment is
Since Finasteride drops the level of the male hormone testoterone,
about 0.7% of males taking the treatment may experience decreased
sex drive. This will return to normal once the treatment is
Finasteride is not suitable in treating females suffering from
central thinning and baldness, there is no evidence that it may
improve their hair loss, and if they are pregnant, they should not
come into contact with this because of the risk of causing
abnormality to the babies.
Mesotherapy is an
alternative delivery system of medication by injecting directly a
small quantity of ingredients into the dermis of the skin, using
very fine needles. This method has been and is still very popular in
Europe, in treating cellulites, tightening lax skin, rejuvenating
aging skin, treating various musculo-skeletal problems, as well as
scars and hair loss.
The depth of injection is only 3 to 4mm. The pain is tolerable. It
is better done by a meso-gun than by manually, as it will cause much
less pain and is more accurate in the depth of the injections.
The ingredients include a mixture of different nutrients, which are
essential in hair growth and will increase the blood circulation in
the scalp. In some cases, Minoxidil and Finasteride can be added as
well. Recently there are more and more evidence of using stem cells
preparation, or various growth factors that are derived from them.
This is a new
treatment method adopted from the mesotherapy concept. Skin needling
can be performed on the skin of any part of the body including the
By rolling the needle roller on the scalp, numerous micro-punctures
and channels are created. This serves two purposes. First, it
induces collagen and elastin production naturally by the skin
through the release of growth factors. Second, by applying the
treatment ingredients on the scalp and rolling the needle roller
over it, absorption and penetration of these active ingredients are
enhanced hundreds of times as they seep deeply into the skin through
In our center, we prefer to use a Micro-Needle Stamp, as this will
ensure the needles going into the skin more in a perpendicular
fashion, therefore reaching the desired depth as indicated by the
needle length. This will also avoid the possible scratches caused by
the needles when they come into contact with the skin from the
For the treatment of thinning hair and hair loss, the needle length
is 0.75mm to 1mm. When compared to mesotherapy gun injections, the
pain is very much less and is very tolerable, while at the same time
creating many more channels where the active ingredients can seep
Light therapy, or
photo-therapy, is the application of light energy to the skin /
scalp for therapeutic benefits. It is a natural photo-biochemical
reaction similar to the process of plant photo-synthesis. LED (Light
Emitting Diodes) is a commonly used light source.
LED emits near-infrared light with wide wavelength range. NASA’s
space program has proven that LED light promotes wound healing and
human tissue growth. The energy delivered by the LED light enhances
cellular metabolism, accelerates the repair and replenishment of
damaged skin cells.
It is better used in the early stages, perhaps in those people who
start experiencing a gradual thinning of hair. Hair will be noticed
to become thicker and fall off less often. However, those who have
advanced baldness may find it difficult to notice a difference.