Alternative solution to hair transplant
Different medication-administered therapies can offer an alternative solution to hair transplant or can complement it in the fight against hair loss.
A blood test allows to determine the presence of vitamin or mineral deficiency that could be the source of diffuse hair loss.
Most common medication for men :
- Minoxidil ( Different trade names are on the market such as Regaine, Foligain, Aminexil, Alopexy, Alostil or Minoxidil Bailleul.)
- Finasteride (Different trade names are on the market such as Propecia and Proscar, Chibro-Proscar)
- The advantages to Finasteride Finasteride subside when drug treatment is halted. After termination of the treatment, consistent with your age, hair loss will be more radical and will progress relentlessly.
Most common medication for women :
- Le Minoxidil the leading drug for dealing with hair loss.
- Spironolactone (Different trade names are on the market such as Aldactone, Novo-Spiroton, Aldactazine, Spiractin, Spirotone, Verospiron, or Berlactone.)
- Because of its anti-androgenic properties, Spironolactone is particularly used in female alopecia treatment as hair-scarcity on the crown of the head is influenced by excess testosterone levels.
- Cyproterone acetate. A synthetic anti-androgenic and antigonadotrophic steroid, marketed under the trade name Androcur. It can be used in conjunction with ethinyl oestradiol (an orally active oestrogen in contraceptive pills) traded as Diane-35, Lumalia, Evepar, Holgyème and Minerva.
Vitamins and minerals :
- Vitamin A : an anti-oxidant, it contributes to sebum production in the scalp, which is fundamental to hair growth.
- Vitamin B2 (Also known as Riboflavin) : helps to strengthen the hair’s protein structure.
- Vitamin B3 (Also known as Niacin and niacinamide or vitamin PP) : acting as vasodilator by enhancing blood flow to the hairs’ roots.
- Vitamin B5 (Also known as pantothenic acid) used to treat hair related affections : alopecia (irreversible hair loss), canities (premature whitening of hair and body hair). It eases irritation and rash (scalp seborrhoea). It stimulates hair growth. It also has strengthening properties and will contribute to hair embellishment.
- Vitamin B6 (also known as Pyridoxine) : it prevents non-androgenetic hair loss and contributes to melanin production, furthermore it ensures haemoglobin production, a substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen towards body tissue.
- Vitamin B8 (also known as vitamin H or biotin) : it enables regeneration of damaged hair, slows down hair loss and favours regrowth in case a biotin deficit is the root cause. It particularly protects the skin, muscles and nails.
- Vitamin C : a natural anti-oxidant, it further increases iron absorption.
- Vitamin D (also known as calciferol) : 90% of its primary source stems from adequate exposure to sunlight.
- Vitamin D favours hair growth and hair renewal. Hair follicles have multiple vitamin D receptors.
- Vitamin E : a very potent anti-oxidant, it favours blood circulation and blood oxygenation in hair follicles.
- Iron : (pro-oxidant) used to prevent oxidation in case of deficiency correlated to Vitamin D.
- Zinc : it contributes to general health and to the hair’s natural beauty
- Manganese : it counters hair loss.
- Selenium : stimulates oxygenation and blood circulation
- Iodine : Iodine ensures that our hair remains strong and healthy
- Copper : a vital element of melanin, a dark-coloured natural pigment that gives colour, in particular to hair. Copper supplement intake helps to protect greying hair.
Medication that contains certain molecules favouring hair loss
(drug-induced alopecia) :
- Anti-thyroids : regulate the thyroid gland
- Antidepressants (Fluoxetine),
- Anti-cholesterol drugs (Lopid),
- Anti-ulcer drugs (Zantac, Tagamet),
- Anti-inflammatories (Indomethacin, Naproxin),
- Beta-blockers (Inderal, Lopressor, Tenormin)
- Acne pills (Roaccutane),