As I commute around Phuket for my work, it’s impossible to ignore the large billboards displayed above some disheveled shop houses – remarkably the signs stating Hair-Loss solutions. Although I have not experienced hair loss, there are plenty of young superstars in the media that have brought this to the larger publics attention, (English footballer Wayne Rooney and HRH Prince William of Wales for example). Yes, it’s understood that men can loose hair when they age over 50, but what about the younger guys in their 20’s and of course women?
Knowing that Thailand and Phuket is now a “mecca” for tourists seeking cosmetic and other medical and fertility surgeries, I wonder how many people are enjoying the services for hair loss here and what kind of improvements on the appearance can be seen. It’s apparent that Wayne Rooney has enjoyed successful hair transplant treatment as he sports a head full of thick brown hair. It’s said that the famous footballer spent over 30,000.00 GBP on treatments in London.
So, what can we expect to see and pay here in Thailand? Well it is actually a bit complicated because every patient’s case is different. Hospitals give approximate rates based on the number of grafts required. It seems that the starting rate is from 25,000.THB and up to 250,000.THB. It really depends on how large the area is to complete and how many sessions are needed. There are also some after care products to budget for.
So, what other products are out there that can prevent hair loss in the first place? Here are some solutions that are out there with varying benefits. Please leave your comments below if you have tried any of them or if you would like to recommend something for other readers.
Finasteride tablets: Also known as Propecia and Proscar, is used to treat hair loss (androgenetic alopecia) in men only. It works by decreasing the amount of DHT that leads to increased hair regrowth and slower hair loss. Hair growth on other parts of the body is not affected by the medication.
It is dispensed by prescription – Price is variable.
Nioxin hair systems: Nioxin is designed primarily to block excess production of testosterone, which leads to the production of DHT, the substance linked to hair loss. There are several systems to choose from: mixing science and technology, these topical products are said to prevent further loss of hair by removing debris and oil that can clog up the hair follicles. Starter kit priced from 1500.THB
Invati by Aveda: An organic cleansing set that prevents hair loss with the benefit of ancient remedies including Ayurverdic herbs. It is said to remove debris and oil from hair follicles and nourish dry, tight scalps with extracts from millet seed and milk thistle that can equalise the lipid balance. Full sets priced from 5000.THB