Researching Hair Loss Treatment
Researching Hair Loss Treatment
You may be someone that has already seen hair loss treatment clinics in the past. Perhaps you were sold into a particular treatment and promised incredible results only to be disappointed. Or you are actually treating this website as a starting point in your journey for some answers in relation to treating your hair loss. We know that it can be quite daunting trying to find the right answers considering the amount of hair loss information that is out there.
We at Newin Institute are here to help you. Regardless if you are in the early or latter stages of hair loss, we want to give you a rundown of the treatments and a check list on what to look out for when seeking advice or treatment.
Where to find useful information
If you are not feeling quite ready to visit a doctor about your hair loss just yet, you may be inclined to start gathering information about hair loss from the internet because it provides you privacy and anonymity from the comfort of your own home without having to commit to anything.
Research is a normal part of finding a solution to any problem. However, if you are not careful about how you gather this information, it could potentially lead you down a path of misinformation and regret from making unwise and costly decisions based on that misinformation.
Unfortunately, on the internet there are lots of websites providing misinformation to consumers about how to manage hair loss.
Advice when researching hair loss treatment
The most important, thing to remember when researching hair loss treatment or advice is to ensure you are obtaining information from a credible source, and that you are being informed of all the potential options that are available in the market for your particular condition and circumstances.
Please ensure you are visiting a genuine website of a medical doctor that is highly experience in a variety of medical hair loss treatments and/or hair transplant surgery.
Researching hair loss treatment on website forums
Dr Bosnich generally recommends that research on websites that claim to be expert hair loss forums should be avoided.
What the consumer doesn’t know is whether or not the posted comments are in fact genuine.
Did you know that many of these sites invite doctors to pay a one -time or annual membership fee for being a “recommended surgeon”. This is really the same as sponsoring a website to make testimonials about a doctor/surgeon and is frowned upon by the Australian Medical Board. Unfortunately, many of these sites are internationally based.
Some individuals/marketing companies are also paid to make “positive” testimonials about surgeons by posting on hair loss forum websites. In addition, others make “negative” comments. For example, someone promoting a surgeon that is purely dedicated to FUT strip surgery will of course have negative comments about FUE.
How do we know this? We know because many times we have been previously “invited” for a fee… and we have refused based on ethics.
The correct type of information to consider when researching
The best information does NOT come from personal opinion, anecdotes or website comments. It comes from good quality scientific literature. If your doctor is continually educating themselves, they will have access to this type of literature and the latest statistics on how effective and efficable certain treatments are. They will also be able to tell you whether you are suitable or not.
What hair loss treatments to research before seeing your hair loss doctor/surgeon
The following are the main medical treatments for managing hair loss.
Remember, only gather information from trusted sites, such as those of a medical or surgical hair loss clinic. You MUST be able to clearly identify who the principal doctor is. Usually their face and name will be on the home page of the website.
- Medication – could be topical or oral
- Hair Transplant surgery – FUT (aka FUG or “strip”) surgery versus FUE surgery
- Non-Surgical Hair Replacement – a wig or a hairpiece. For some people this is the only suitable option, typically cancer, Alopecia Totalis, etc. However, if you have male or female pattern hair loss, seek advice from your GP first before forking out a heap of money for a hairpiece that you may not ultimately feel happy about wearing in public.
- Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment – Regenerative medicine is an extremely complex area of medicine that should only be performed by a doctor that is trained in this field of medicine. Ask the person treating you where they have been trained and if they have complete higher education in the field of regenerative medicine, such as the A4M or Adistem. Training by a sales representative or having a certificate from the supplier of the equipment is not a sufficiently high quality level of training (unless the trainer themselves is a doctor).
- Scalp Micropigmentation – basically tattooing of the skin on the scalp to colour the skin and disguise bald spots.
So when researching hair loss treatments, find a few options that appeal to you and then:
…make an appointment to see your trusted Hair Loss doctor.
Seeing the Hair Loss Doctor
Remember, your first consultation with the hair loss doctor is still technically research!
So make sure you speak to a doctor who can answer ALL your questions about a variety of management solutions. Otherwise, you will find yourself trekking from place-to-place feeling confused about all the conflicting answers you’ve been given.
Choosing a medical clinic that offers a variety of treatment options
At Newin Institute we provide a variety of hair loss treatment options from Strip surgery to FUE, medication and prp.
If we can’t help you we will refer you to someone who may have something better to offer you.
Speaking to someone who has had the treatment you are considering
If you need, we can organise for you to speak to one of our patients who has similar issues to you and has undergone the treatment you are considering. At this point you will be researching hair loss treatment at an advanced level. Usually your intention will be to make a decision about undergoing that treatment or not.
Our patients are happy to answer your questions in an unbiased manner, to describe the treatment they underwent and describe how it benefited them or not. They won’t make a recommendation about whether you should undergo treatment.
A word of caution
NEVER speak to someone who is not a doctor about medication, medical treatments or surgical procedures.
We ensure our patients answer your questions honestly about their experience with certain procedures, whether they got results or not and how it affected them.
If someone is giving you advice or opinions about a particular medical or surgical procedure (good or bad), the best thing to do is stop the conversation. Only a doctor is suited to giving this advice and they can refer you to another more suitable colleague/doctor if necessary.