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Thinning Hair: Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

at Omniya Clinic in London

What is thinning hair?

Both men and women can experience thinning hair, although the condition is more prevalent in women – especially when they begin the menopause. Too much testosterone in women can also result in the condition.

What treatments are available at Omniya?

Treatment can vary depending on the cause of the thinning. It could be dietary – for instance a lack of certain vitamins and minerals – in which case the thinning could be temporary. An over-the-counter treatment known as Minoxidil is believed to widen blood vessels, getting more oxygen and blood to hair follicles to stimulate new and healthy hair to grow. Permanent hair thinning though is usually treated with either hair surgery or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).

One form of hair surgery is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). A minimally-invasive technique, this involves transplanting individual hair follicles from one area of the head to another (usually the back to the front hairline).

Thinning hair FAQs

Will FUE for thinning hair leave scarring and will my hair transplant be obvious to others?

No there won’t be any scarring and hair transplanted using the FUE technique looks natural because it’s your own hair.

How long will the results of PRP treatment last for thinning hair?

You can expect to benefit from PRP for thinning hair for at least one year.

Can I wash my hair after I've had PRP?

There is no particular reason not to shampoo and condition your hair a few hours after treatment.

What if the donor hair from thinning hair surgery starts shredding a month or two later?

This is a sign the surgery has been successful because new regrowth is coming through (it’s the root – not the hair – that has been transplanted during surgery).

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