Recently an international conference heard an in-depth panel discussion about Finasteride and sexual side-effects. It was again emphasized that Finasteride is a safe medication, side-effects were largely dose-related and disappeared upon stopping the medication. It was felt that recently media reports about the incidence and severity of side-effects was significantly overstated and that it remained the medication of choice for treating male pattern hair loss. In my hands, side effects are quite uncommon and only a small intermittent dose of Finasteride is required to achieve long-term stability of the hair loss in most balding men.
Category: Hair Restoration
There has been a lot of interest in low powered laser devices and their effect on hair loss. Recent research suggests that it has a stimulatory effect on hair follicles. This could be an effective secondary (i.e. additional) treatment for hair loss in patients who are balding or thinning. It certainly also may be effective in seasonal increased hair shedding (a moult).
However, the delivery system and amount of laser exposure is critical to the chances of success. A new device called the Lasercap, applies 224 laser lights continuously to the scalp in the comfort of your own home. It uses rechargeable batteries, can be worn under a cap or hat and can be used at your convenience. Suggested dosage schedules is 15-30 minutes every second day.
The major advantage of this device, compared to hand held devices, is that the correct energy level is continuously applied to the scalp. Hand held laser devices only apply energy for a very short period of time if used to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you would like to know more about this additional treatment for hair loss, please call our Sydney Hair Loss Clinic on 1800 685 399. The Lasercap can also be ordered directly from our Sydney Clinic.