Women who suffer from PCOS may grow facial hair and extra body hair. One of the most common symptoms of PCOS is thinning of hair on scalp. There is no standalone treatment for PCOS hair loss. A combination of medical treatment that aims to control the hormonal imbalance in the body and treat the hair loss helps in better management of PCOS hair fall. The first step for the treatment of hair fall in PCOS is to control the androgen over production and stabilizing the disease. The treatment can be taken orally, applied on the scalp, or done in the dermatologist office such as QR678 hair regrowth treatment. The various treatments used for treating PCOS hair fall are:
- Lifestyle management in the form of daily exercise, diet modification, and weight control as the first step. Use of medication is decided by the treating physician.
- Use of medicinal oral contraceptive pills: Oral contraceptive pills with low androgen content are used in combination with Spironolactone. Spironolactone is a diuretic and has anti-androgenic properties. This works by blocking the DHT from disrupting the hair follicle, however it does not have an effect on the androgen production and therefore a contraceptive pill is recommended in combination to suppress the androgen production. This combination is used by endocrinologists worldwide to combat alopecia, excessive hair growth, and acne because of PCOS. The common side effects of spironolactone are dizziness if you get up or bend over suddenly, and frequent urination.
- Finasteride: Finasteride is a 5 alpha reductase inhibitor, it reduces the formation of DHT, and as a result its interaction with hair follicles is reduced. Finasteride is given in combination with oral contraceptive pills and its effect takes up to six months to show. Finasteride should not be taken without an OCP because otherwise it can cause adverse effect on the foetal development if the woman gets pregnant.
- Flutamide: Flutamide is an anti-androgenic drug that prevents all androgen hormones from interacting with the hair follicles. The effects of flutamide are quick to show (less than three months) and the side effects include stomach disorders, diarrhoea, and liver toxicity. You should not breastfeed when on this medication.
- Minoxidil: Minoxidil is available in the lotion or foam form and it is to be applied on scalp. Minoxidil is very successful in treatment of early onset of alopecia and is used as a standalone treatment or in combination with other treatments mentioned above depending on the patients health and advancement of hair loss. The biggest drawback of Minoxidil is that it is only effective in reducing hair fall with continued use, once discontinued the effects are gone.
Treatment of female pattern baldness because of PCOS is a complex combination of various treatment modalities. What works for one patient might not work for the other. While the above treatments aid in stopping hair loss, they do not actually promote hair growth and most women look for hair transplant to restore the hair.
- Hair transplant is an invasive and painful procedure and the results might not be always successful. This is where QR678 can help them regain the natural hair growth without incurring any pain or discomfort. QR678 can arrest alopecia at than early stage by reducing hair fall and stimulating new hair growth.
- QR678 is a mixture of natural occurring polypeptides that are naturally known to be present in the skin. Since these compounds are natural and the follicles are still alive, QR678 gives them a nudge in the growth phase. QR678 therapy increases the thickness, number, and density of the hair follicles and as a result a healthy mane of hair in appropriately selected patients. QR678 does not have any side effects and is administered locally on the scalp with the help of mesotherapy technique. It is not absorbed by the blood stream instead it directly enriches the hair follicles with the necessary nutrients and proteins. QR678 injections can also improve the health of the existing hair and also aid in hair development after the hair transplant surgery. QR678 is a non-surgical, non-invasive, and more affordable than a hair transplant surgery. QR678 works well as a combination therapy alongside OCP, Minoxidil, and finasteride to restrict female pattern alopecia and baldness. QR678 treatment for treating female pattern baldness because of PCOS is done as an outpatient procedure with around 8 – 10 sessions done over a period of few months.