Non-surgical treatment of hair loss.
Hair transplantation surgery provides the only permanent and life-changing solution to hair loss. However, early diagnosis and proper medication can offer patients significant improvement. Medical treatment can also help patients when combined with hair transplantation and improve the results even further. New hair can be even fuller and healthier.
Dr. Zontos, as a highly specialized surgeon, can accurately determine the cause of hair loss and recommend appropriate treatment, or combination of treatments, to serve the needs of each patient and ensure the best possible outcome.
Non-surgical treatments of hair lossToday, only two medical therapies for hair loss are approved by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Greek National Organisation for Medicines (EOF) for the treatment of androgenic alopecia or baldness. These are:
- Low Level Laser Radiation
Minoxidil has been used for hair loss treatment for decades, and it has proven effective. It significantly contributes to the prevention of hair loss, mainly when applied during the early stages. Minoxidil also considerably enhances the results of FUE, mostly when used both before and after surgery.
Minoxidil appears to prolong the regenerative phase of the hair and increase blood supply to the scalp. Hair regrowth is more visible at the top of the head compared to the frontal areas. Continuous topical treatment is recommended over a period of time, as specified by the doctor administrating the treatment. Patients need to be aware that early termination of the treatment results in the same baldness pattern that was visible before the application of the medication.
Finasteride is administrated orally and is recommended for the treatment of male androgenic alopecia. It is known to inhibit the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and therefore decelerates the progression of the disease in men receiving treatment.
Although it has better results on the top of the head, Finasteride also increases regrowth in the frontal areas. Finasteride should be taken over time, as premature discontinuation results in gradual recurrence of hair loss.
Dutasteride is another medication for the non-surgical treatment for androgenic alopecia. This medicine inhibits type I and II isoenzymes of 5-alpha reductase. It is believed to be three times more effective than Finasteride in the inhibition of type II enzyme and 100 times more effective in inhibiting type I enzyme.
Treatment of hair loss using Low-Level Laser Radiation
The benefits of hair loss medication are amplified when combined with low-level laser radiation therapy.
Low-level laser radiation therapy is applied on the scalp using a device, which looks like a hairbrush.
It is an effective non-prescribed technique for the enhancement of hair growth. Laser beam promotes blood circulation, stimulates follicular cells, and leads to the increase of the length and diameter of each hair.
Dr. Zontos, using cutting edge technology, will accurately evaluate your symptoms and propose the correct treatment for your needs.