Are you (or a friend/family member) experiencing hair loss and want to know what you can do about it? Then you’ve come to the right place: Qunomedical can help you find the best treatment option. Here is the short summarised version of our research but you can read the full length article here.

What is causing my hair loss?

Hair loss comes in many forms and its causes are complex and manifold. Go to our resource guide to read the full length explanation.

Most common cause

Most people suffering from hair loss have a hereditary condition called androgenetic alopecia, more commonly known as male/female pattern baldness.

➤ In this case, your hair loss can be treated by various products or medical treatments like a hair transplantation.

Other Causes

Causes for diffuse or patchy hair loss can include stress, surgery, environmental factors, autoimmune conditions or infections.

➤ This type of hair loss is often temporary or even reversible. Removing the cause and/or taking the appropriate medication should stop it. The treatments discussed below are probably not appropriate for your hair loss.

Treatment options

You can go several ways with your treatment. Here is a short overview of several options along with their pros and cons.

Survey Results: The majority of Hair Loss Crusaders members spend between £10-£50 per month on hair loss products.

~ Survey done in April 2019 with more than 100 participants in our closed community. Read more about this group and how to join below.

Finasteride

Sensitivity to DHT (an androgen) can cause hair loss. Finasteride blocks the ability for the testosterone inside your body to be converted to DHT.

Pros Cons
• FDA-approved • Effects only lasting while taking Finasteride
• Proven to help hair growth • Long term costs add up
• Proven to stop hair loss progression • Effect can take a while to kick in (up to 1 to 2 years)
• 1 pill/day (easy routine) • Side effects are rare but may include erectile dysfunction & a decreased sex drive
• In rare cases, a reduction of PSA, a marker for early prostate cancer detection, can occur

Minoxidil

Minoxidil widens blood vessels, thereby increasing the blood flow and aiding the natural hair growth processes.

Pros Cons
• Proven to help hair growth • Effects only lasting while taking Minoxidil
• No-prescription drug • Only works, if applied correctly
• FDA-approved • Application twice a day (time consuming)
• FDA-approved treatment for women • Effects can take between 3 and 12 months to be visible
• Side effects may include itchiness, redness, dry scalp, flaking
• Long term costs add up

PRP - Platelet Rich Plasma

PRP - platelet rich plasma - treatment uses the patient’s blood sample to prepare a platelet-concentrated plasma solution, which contains a number of proteins and growth factors that can assist with hair canal formation, hair growth or follicle size.

Pros Cons
• Low risk treatment • Not effective on already bald areas
• In combination with hair transplantation: shortens recovery time, encourages hair regeneration • Study results are difficult to compare to clearly state the level of effectiveness
• Studies indicate positive effect on hair growth • As stand-alone treatment: multiple sessions needed for maintenance
• Effective on both men and women • Long term costs add up

Shampoos, Vitamins, Supplements

There’s a plethora of different products out there, promising new hair growth. Unfortunately, only very few of them have actually been studied in regard to hair loss.

What little research has been done in natural compounds seems to point towards compounds acting on the same mechanisms as finasteride and minoxidil being the most effective ones.

In the case of vitamins, it is known that hair loss can be caused by nutritional deficiencies, but these kind of severe deficiencies rarely occur in developed countries. Also, without knowing whether you have a true deficiency, it is difficult to pinpoint what vitamins or supplements you should take.

As for shampoos, water dilution and the short amount of time it sits on the hair make any possible positive effects unlikely.

If you want to read up on specific kinds of vitamins, essential oils and compounds for hair loss, have a look at our more extensive hair loss guide.

Pros Cons
• Most are comparatively cheaper than other products • Missing conclusive evidence about the effectiveness
• Most are easy to apply/consume and can easily fit into your daily routine • Supplementing with certain vitamins/minerals without having a true deficiency could actually cause hair loss
• Supplements or compounds that are closer to their natural state are less likely to have severe side effects

Survey Results: 41% of those surveyed use vitamins and supplements against their hair loss.

Hair Transplantation

A hair transplant is a surgical procedure where existing hair follicles are taken from the back side of your head and implanted into balding or thinning areas on your scalp. Hair transplantation can be achieved by different methods (FUT, FUE, DHI).

Pros Cons
• Natural looking results • Surgical treatment
• No visible scars for FUE, DHI • Recovery time
• No long term maintenance costs • Does not stop hair loss in existing hair
• Should provide long term results • Extent of hair restoration depends on existing hair
• Suitable for both men and women • Can take up 12 to 18 months for final results to be visible
• Hair loss shouldn’t reoccur in transplanted hairs • Large amount to pay at once
• A solution where other treatments don’t suffice
• Could be done in 1 session (depending on stage of hair loss)

Survey Results: Knowing what they know now, more than half of those surveyed would have done their hair transplant sooner than they did.

Survey Results: 94% of surveyed members would recommend a hair transplant to their friends.

What our patients say

Having different treatment options is fine, but it’s all fairly theoretical. So, throughout this guide, we’ve included some of the results from our patient survey to let you know what actual patients have to say about their experience with hair loss and treatments.

The survey was conducted with over a 100 members of our Facebook group “Qunomedical's Hairloss Crusaders”, a place for former and future patients (and everyone else interested) to talk about their hair loss experience and give tips and support to each other.

With this survey, we wanted to gain a better understanding of our group members’ thoughts about hair loss products and treatments. It also provides another resource for anyone else going through hair loss and trying to figure out what their options are.

Survey Results: Out of those surveyed, 77% found this community to be very helpful.

How Qunomedical can help you

At Qunomedical, we want to help you find high quality healthcare abroad or at home.

In order to achieve this goal, we have established a rating system - Qunoscore - to carefully vet internationally and nationally accredited clinics and hospitals worldwide.

Providing they meet our high quality standards, we partner with the clinic or hospital, carrying out regular checks to ensure our standards are maintained.

If you are in need of a hair transplant or want to have PRP treatment, we can help you find the right clinic.

Just contact one of our Health Managers and send us some pictures of your head for a personalised quote.

We are with you every step of the way: before, during and after treatment!

Get more information

If you want to read more in depth about hair loss causes and treatment options, visit our extensive hair loss treatment guide here.

Disclaimer

The information in this guide is for educational purposes only and does not replace medical advice. Always consult your doctor before starting any treatments.