There are three main medical treatments for MPB which can complement a hair transplant and which every patient should consider.
Dr Griffiths is able to provide all of these treatments following an appropriate medical consultation.
This is a prescription only medicine in the form of a pill which is taken once a day. It works by reducing the amount of DHT the body produces, which is the cause of MPB in men. It has been proven to slow the balding process in most men and in some cases to regrow hair.
This is a topical medication, applied to the scalp, which is available without a prescription in most countries. It is usually supplied as a liquid although recently a foam version has also been released. It has also been proven to slow the balding process and in some cases regrow hair. It is unclear how minoxidil works but may be related to its ability to decrease the flow of calcium into the cells, which reduces the growth of hair fibres.
PRP - Platelet Rich Plasma
PRP is blood plasma containing a concentration of platelets many times greater than occurs normally in blood. PRP is "autologous", meaning that it comes from the patient's own body. Every platelet is a biochemical storehouse of regulatory, signaling and growth-factor molecules that participate in recovery and healing of tissue as well as emergency response to injury.
Some studies suggest platelet growth factors can "wake up" dormant hair follicles and begin the production of new hair. PRP was applied after scalp skin was slightly injured to induce platelets to release growth factors at the injury site. Enhanced hair growth and hair diameter was noted over the next 4 months, with a fall-off in enhanced hair growth after 4 months. This use of PRP is still regarded as experimental, with need for further study.