Hair loss medication
With so many hair loss treatments available on the market, it can be confusing knowing what might work for you. At The Crown Clinic we only recommend tried and tested products. To ensure you get the right advice, we recommend a private consultation to determine what best suits your needs. In many cases, a combination of treatments will maximise your results. Below you will find an overview of our preferred products.
In 1997, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first pill to treat male pattern hair loss. Finasteride (or the brand name Propecia) is a prescription medication formulated to block male pattern baldness. It is proven to be incredibly safe with less than 2% of users suffering only mild side effects. One tablet taken per day assists in the prevention of further hair loss and only affects head hair, not body hair elsewhere.
Many men are concerned about reported sexual side effects with the drug. In truth, the side effect of lower libido was noted in only 1.8% of the men taking the drug in clinical trials versus 1.3% on a placebo. Furthermore, this side effect always went away in men who stopped taking Finasteride , and also disappeared in most men who continued taking Finasteride.
Most men taking Finasteride experienced an increase in hair count, a decrease in hair loss, and an improvement in appearance.
Men who visit The Crown Clinic often ask if they’ll need to take Finasteride if they have hair transplants. Although we believe Finasteride is a good adjunct to hair transplants, it’s a matter of personal choice. Finasteride serves an extremely useful purpose for those men who want to slow down the progressive thinning of non-transplanted hair. While only 5% of the men in clinical trials were judged to have “greatly” increased the hair in the vertex, an impressive 83% maintained or increased their hair count while on Finasteride and 66% had a visible increase in their scalp hair.
How does Finasteride work? Scientists have discovered that the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is one of the principal factors in male pattern hair loss. Finasteride inhibits the formation of DHT and helps to interrupt this key factor in the development of inherited male pattern hair loss in men. Most men who take Finasteride experience a slowing or cessation of hair loss over the back and top of the scalp.
It is important to have realistic expectations – results take time. You should be willing to commit yourself to taking Finasteride for at least six months. It must be taken on an ongoing basis to maintain the benefit. Men who are already “shiny bald” are less likely to benefit from Finasteride because the hair follicles may not be salvageable. Men who have early thinning in the back and top have a better chance to see some benefit, but only for as long as they continue taking the medication.
Looking for an instant, quick and cost effective solution? A cosmetic concealer may be an option for you. Suitable for both men and women you can conceal the appearance of baldness and thinning hair in less than a minute. We offer three types of products with different application methods – come in for a free consultation to test these out for yourself!
XFUSION Keratin Fibres:
XFusion Hair Fibres (made by Toppik) are a revolutionary hair thickening product, giving men and women a safe and natural way to conceal the appearance of baldness and thinning hair. Unlike other thinning hair products, XFusion is not manufactured from toxic chemicals and is a fast, natural solution to balding or thinning hair. To use, simply shake XFusion into any area of thinning hair. The Keratin organic protein fibres instantly cling to and fill out existing hair. In a matter of seconds, hair looks significantly thicker and fuller, and scalp show-through disappears. XFusion lasts all day, through perspiration, wind and rain. Yet, it easily removes with shampoo.
Direct from the USA, DermMatch is a solid colour cosmetic concealer and works for men and women of any age, hair color, skin color or hair style. Using a sponge style applicator, DermMatch can be used on the scalp and hair – even apply it dry for shaved heads, bald heads, beards, eyebrows, hairlines and grey roots.
The DermMatch formula is loaded with botanical and naturally derived ingredients which coat the entire hair shaft. Thin hairs thicken, stand up and spread out for spectacular fullness. Ultrafine powders in DermMatch blend right in with your skin and leave your hair looking thick, smooth and natural. Emollients also soften and moisturize your skin.
Dive in a pool, sweat at the gym or brush your hair – this product stays on!
TOPPIK THICKENING SPRAY:
Toppik Coloured Hair Thickening Spray is an innovative colour spray solution designed to disguise areas of thin or thinning hair and bald spots. Available in 5 colours, it is a lightweight, long lasting thickener that is gentle on the scalp.
Toppik spray won’t flake or rub off and doesn’t clog pores, allowing your scalp to continue healthy hair growth. Very easy to apply – just spray and watch as bald spots disappear and thinning hair looks thick and full again. Suitable for both men and women with hair thinning and is also suitable for colour treated hair. Toppik Spray can conceal grey hair and can be used to touch up roots between colourings. Toppik spray can be removed easily with shampoo.
Traditional Chinese herbs offer a natural hair regrowth alternative to prescription medications.
Suitable for men and women of all hair and scalp types this highly awarded product range is the only TGA approved Chinese herbal product in Australia specific for hair loss conditions. Made from only the highest quality Chinese herbs this is the most clinically effective herbal product to improve the overall quality of hair, control hair loss and revive new healthy hair re-growth.
The product range includes Hair Formula Tablets, Scalp & Hair Tonic and Herbal Shampoo. It works to activate sluggish, dormant hair follicles by providing more oxygen and essential nutrients to the follicle root, creating ideal conditions for new natural hair re-growth. Best results are seen when combining all three products
Manufactured without the use of chemicals, Chinese herbal hair formula contain a number of beneficial properties, and with regular use can assist to:
- stop abnormal/excessive hair loss;
- clean and unblock scalp pores;
- optimize the environment for new hair growth;
- activate and nourish hair follicles;
- clear the scalp of oil; dandruff; dead skin cells and dried sebum;
- reverse miniaturization of the hair follicle; and
- ensure the scalp’s pH level will become balanced.
Chinese herbs can also provide additional health benefits: filters the blood, liver and kidney, blackens grey hair, strengthens bone, improves digestion and absorption of food (thus increasing nutrients necessary for the body and hair follicles), promotes sound sleep and prolongs longevity.
Please note, if you are allergic to alcohol based products, this Chinese herbal formula will not be suitable.
We have sourced this as the best Chinese herbal option for hair loss concerns – it has 40 years of continued product research and development and has won 13 international awards. The tablets, hair tonic and shampoo are all available in-clinic or online.
In 1988, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first medication for application to the scalp that has been proven to grow human hair: Minoxidil 2%.
The Crown Clinic now offers a strengthened and refined version of this hair growth stimulant. Our pharmacist produces an exclusive blend of Minoxidil 5% that is gentle enough for more sensitive skin, yet still with the active ingredients that have shown such promise in the quest to re-grow hair. Our exclusive Minoxidil blend does not produce scalp irritations or rashes that are common with generic brands.
Minoxidil 5% solution, is a topical application for the treatment and prevention of hair loss and is a major breakthrough in the treatment of both male and female pattern baldness. It is applied to the bald and vulnerable areas on the scalp twice a day.
The Scalp Roller is your ‘Therapist at Home’ – an alternative to our in-house laser therapy treatments.
This surgical grade instrument has a roller head which is covered with tiny stainless steel acupuncture needles. Rolled on to the scalp, it helps stimulate the dermal layer of the skin and promotes circulation to the hair follicles, and gently cleans away dead skin cells.
Both men and women can use this product on a daily basis in conjunction with our Minoxidil 5% Lotion. The Scalp Roller assists with the absorption of the lotion to help maintain healthy hair follicles.
For men and women who are not suitable for prescription medication Finasteride, there is a herbal option. Serenoa Repens is the medical name for the herb Saw Palmetto. The deep red fruit of this small palm grows wild in warm climates such as those found in the south eastern United States.
Research has shown that the herb Saw Palmetto has the same effects as Finasteride (but in a much weaker form) in treating patients with benign prostrate enlargement and is an effective anti-androgen.
Firstly it lowers levels of DHT in the body by blocking 5 alpha-reductase. Secondly Saw Palmetto blocks receptor sites on cell membranes required for cells to absorb DHT. Saw Palmetto has been successfully used for many years worldwide as an alternative DHT blocker.
At The Crown Clinic, we have developed our own complete Saw Palmetto treatment to help grow your hair stronger, fuller and thicker. This product is suitable for both men and women with hair loss of all ethnicities.
This one step oral solution gives your hair the nutrients it needs to grow optimally, while fighting DHT (which attacks your hair). Our advanced ingredients for maximum hair health include: 500mg of Saw Palmetto berry extract; Biotin; Silica; Green tea; Vitamin B5; Zinc; Cysteine; Vitamin D3.
Saw Palmetto is a tablet taken twice a day. Benefits are usually seen after 4 months usage.
Laser Hair Therapy (LHT) is a painless and non-invasive, scientific approach in the cosmetic treatment of hair loss, thinning hair, and scalp problems. LHT has been tested for effectiveness and safety for over 30 years all around the world.
We offer a clinical strength laser helmet available to purchase for at home use. Men and women being treated for hair loss can be comfortable to wear the portable helmet at home while the laser gently delivers the phototherapy to the scalp. There is no pain or discomfort from the therapy-some patients do report some “scalp-tingling.”
The visible red light from the helmet’s lasers travels several layers into the tissue without harming the skin and scalp. Because the laser light does not cut or burn the skin, the therapeutic light-energy is absorbed by the cells and the process of cell repair begins. One theory of how this non-invasive, non-chemical hair loss treatment works is that it stimulates the production of energy at the cellular level; therefore, improving cell function.
Laser technology offers an effective treatment option for hair loss in both men and women – for maximum hair growth, laser hair therapy should be used in conjunction with other proven hair loss products such as Finasteride, Serenoa Repens (Saw Palmetto) and Minoxidil Lotion – all available from The Crown Clinic.
Patients who have used the therapy have said that their hair looks and feels thicker, fuller and healthier and they have noticed improved hair growth with the recommended 2 to 3 sessions per week.
Hair loss is not always a hereditary condition – a range of vitamin and mineral deficiencies in the body can also cause hair loss. To help address a range of hair concerns, we offer two specialised Supplements Programs -one for men and one for women. The program has been developed to target specific vitamins and minerals to boost your overall hair health.
To find out if this program is suitable, book your free consultation.
The ongoing home maintenance of your hair is important. We are continually researching the best possible hair health products on the market. Sometimes what isn’t in something is just as important as what is. Many over the counter products contain irritants and damaging ingredients and should be avoided, including sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate (SLS/SLES), parabens, phthalates, betaines, EO, petrochemical cleansers, silicones, DEA, mineral oils, and synthetic colouring and fragrances.
Our preferred shampoos & leave in treatments include:
ACTIVANCE – researched and developed in Australia to promote optimal hair health. These products contain only the highest quality, pharmaceutical grade ingredients including effective levels of the vital nutrients Rhodanide and MSM. Shampoos and leave in treatments work on the cellular level of the hair follicle and nurturing it through all the stages of the hair growth cycle. No harsh, damaging chemicals or suffocating hair with oils or silicons. This range is suitable for both men and women with all types of scalp problems, hair loss or thinning hair. We have seen our client results first hand with visibly thicker, healthier hair.