- Wednesday.November 22. 2017
If you have been researching hair loss treatments online, it’s likely you are encountering lots of catchy headlines relating to the next best thing in hair loss treatments.
And, if you have been clicking on the headings, chances are you may also be visiting the websites and marketing sources for the treatments that are being promoted.
Catchy headlines for ‘quick fix treatments’ can range from anything that includes protocols to regrow your hair, how to cure your baldness now, stop hair loss now, special shampoos to grow your hair, how to get fierce regrowth and personal accounts of fighting hair loss that you should also follow.
According to a research by Choice Magazine, plenty of companies promise cutting edge technology to stop your hair marching back – but it often comes at a high price. Sometimes it works, but sometimes it doesn’t.
While some of the proposed treatments may sound appealing, it’s advisable to be extremely circumspect about anything that is not medically proven or approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), says leading hair restoration surgeon and researcher Dr Jennifer Martinick.
Hair loss, which affects 70 per cent of men and 50 per cent of women at some stage of their lives, may be regarded as an unavoidable part of the ageing process, says Dr Martinick.
While many male patients over forty reluctantly accept the condition, others of the same age group as well as younger men and women are eager to do as much as possible to treat their hair loss.
Dr Martinick says the only clinically proven treatments for hair loss are alpha reductase inhibitors such as finasteride medication, the topical solution, minoxidil, low frequency laser therapy and hair restoration surgery.
Medications which serve to preserve the hair follicle and assist with regrowth in some people, but not all, can provide a vital step towards ensuring patients have the option for successful permanent hair restoration later on.
While low level laser therapy has been successfully used to prevent hair loss and encourage renewed growth, it’s important to be aware that not all marketed laser products have passed the FDA’s rigorous clinical trials.
Only very specific wave lengths of laser products, such as those of the HairMax LaserComb, have met the FDA’s approval process.
Lasers most effective in preventing hair loss and encouraging renewed hair growth are those with a wavelength of around 655 nanometers.
Unlike high power lasers used in surgery, lasers used in hair loss prevention must be of a power below 5 milliwatts.
Another FDA approved treatment for hair loss, is the Help Hair Protein Shake ™.
Developed by a leading dermatologist, this complete nutritional hair loss product which has also earnt TGA approval, contains biotin, as well as B vitamins, iodine and niacin.