Tackling Hair Loss for the Big Day
You want to look good for you wedding day. That goes without saying. Not only is your fiancée going to be staring deep into your eyes, you’re going to be stood in front of your friends and family. Not to mention the thousands of wedding photos that are going to be taken.
So if you are worried about hair loss, then you should start doing something about it now!
There are plenty of different treatments out there on the market, it just depends how much time you have and how much money you want to spend.
In this article, we will be comparing the different treatments so that you can find the perfect one.
Hair Loss Shampoo
This is probably the first step on your journey to regrowing your hair. If you’ve got plenty of time before the wedding to experiment, then get a well-reviewed hair shampoo and see if it works for you. Hair-loss shampoos work by utilising ingredients – like caffeine, biotin, ketoconazole and saw-palmetto – that stimulate hair growth. Results vary depending on the product you choose. Proven products are Ultrax Labs Hair Surge and Nizoral A-D Anti-Dandruff Shampoo.
Medical Treatments For Hair Loss
Using a medical treatment for hair loss is a great way to start your journey. If your wedding is a while away you have time to try a few different treatments, before you go for an extreme option. Here are the two main medications available in the UK –
Propecia (Finasteride) – Treats male pattern baldness by blocking an enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT. DHT is one of the causes of baldness and by blocking it, hair growth is often resumed. It is shown to be very effective and only takes 3 months for it to start to show an improvement. Perfect if you have time before the big day to try a few treatments. You can buy propecia online from regulated pharmacies.
Rogaine (Minoxidil) – This hair treatment increases the growth phase of the hair follicle cycle, which improves the quality of hair by increasing the length and width of the miniaturizing hairs. It takes about one year to see the full effect and as soon as you stop using the treatment, the hair you have grown during the year will fall out. It’s known to not be as effective as Propecia and won’t grow hair on a bald scalp.
Hair Transplant Surgery
One of the most famous methods of treating hair loss is hair transplant surgery. This is the process of removing healthy hair follicles from other parts of the body (normally other parts of the head) and replacing them onto the affected area. A normal surgery involves around 3000 grafts and takes around 4 hours. After the surgery patients will have to take pain medication and sometimes antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection. Results will start to show 3-6 months after the surgery, so if you are considering this option then it is better to get it booked in early. As a treatment, hair transplant surgery is shown to be very effective, but you pay for those results with prices around £3000 to £10,000 depending on how many grafts are required.
Hair Loss Pens
Also known as microneedling, hair loss pens actually puncture the scalp and cause tiny surface wounds. The body then works to repair these wounds and in the process releases HGF and other chemicals which stimulate hair growth. This is one of the more painful options and will cause the treated area to go red immediately after treatment. It’s also not that thoroughly tested. Microneedling has been used on other parts of the body to improve skin condition, but it is quite new as a hair loss treatment. It can be expected to show results after 2-3 months.
Platelet Rich Transplant (PRP)
A platelet rich transplant is a non-surgical procedure that uses the plasma in the blood from other parts of the body to stimulate hair growth on the treated area. Plasma is a component of the blood that has healing properties. Blood is taken from the patients and centrifuged to separate the plasma which is then injected or infused into the patient’s head. This is a relatively safe and effective treatment. It can take up to 10 sessions of this treatment, with results starting to show after the 4th treatment. If you have a year before your wedding, this could be the perfect treatment for you. It is also recommended that this treatment is used in conjunction with medications like Rogaine (Minoxidil) or Propecia (Finasteride) to show maximum results.