About This Treatment


Hair loss treatment and prevention

Androgenic Alopecia is the primary cause of both male and female balding, accounting for 95% of male hair loss. The three hormones most commonly responsible are testosterone, androsteinodione and dihydrotestosterone (DHT).



Other causes of hair loss include disease, psychological disorders, hormonal changes, aging, improper hair care, improper nutrition and of course, stress.



  1. Medical treatment.
    • Topical: This topical treatment has been shown to halt hair loss in 50 to 80% of men treated with 20% showing new hair growth.
    • Shampoo’s, Treatments & Conditioner’s.
    • Supplements.
    • Finasteride (Finpecia): this once daily oral tablet inhibits the conversion of testosterone to the more damaging DHT in the hair follicles. This can be used in conjunction with other hair loss treatments such as surgery. The treatment costs approximately R150 per month (September 2013) and shows results after 2 to 3 months of treatment. The treatment must be continued indefinitely to maintain the result.
  2. Surgical Treatment.
    The most reliable method for hair transplantation is known as the Strip method.

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The excision site at the back of the head is concealed by hair and modern stitching techniques lead to less visible scars even if the patient chooses to shave their head at a later stage. The size of the skin removed from the donor site is determined by the number of hairs required which in turn is determined by the desired hair density at the recipient site.The hairs are implanted individually into small incisions made at the target area. The result is a natural looking head of hair. The incisions are made in the direction that the hair is required to grow and this hair harvested from areas of the scalp that are not susceptible to the damaging effects of DHT will not become sensitive to the DHT and therefore, will not be lost through the effects of DHT.Tissue expansion: as an alternative, and where appropriate, the patient may be referred to a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon for a procedure that involves the insertion of a balloon under the hair bearing skin which is inflated over a period to stretch the skin, which is then pulled over the area of hair loss.