Some metabolic conditions may cause accelerated hair cycling and lead to temporary hair shedding. There are many factors that influence healthy hair growth. Sometimes it is a lack of the elements in our food, and sometimes it is the emotional and lifestyle conditions that can prevent proper absorption of essential nutrients to support healthy hair growth.Viviscal is a dietary supplement that contains a proprietary marine complex, specifically formulated to nourish thinning hair. In the 1980s, a Scandinavian professor studying the Inuits discovered that their great hair and skin were the results of their fish- and protein-rich diet. He isolated the key protein from the Inuits’ diet and, from these origins, Viviscal was created. Although anyone with thinning hair is a good candidate for Viviscal, Dr. Lam mainly uses Viviscal to help with women who are shedding hair or have unstable hair loss. He has found that this subpopulation treated over a period of 3 to 6 months have had great results in the stabilization and the partial reversal of their hair loss. Of note, this product is not recommended for people allergic to shellfish.

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Key Points

  • An ideal candidate
    • Female experiencing hair suddenly shedding
    • Female experiencing a loss in hair volume or shine
  • What to do
    • This is a dietary supplement that should be taken 2 times a day for a minimum of 3 to 4 months.
  • What to expect
    • The active shedding should subside within the first 2 months of using the product. Ideally, the supplements should be taken for an additional 1 to 2 months before discontinuing them.
    • If the shedding has subsided, you can go through an additional evaluation by Dr. Lam to establish if you are a suitable candidate for other treatments such as PRP, low-level laser, and/or hair transplant.


  • I am a man and would like to take this supplement for my hair. Is that ok?
    Yes, absolutely. Viviscal works extremely well for both men and for women. Dr. Lam primarily uses it for women with shedding hair because there are too many treatment options that Dr. Lam can offer and he would like as streamlined and cost-effective a solution for your hair-loss situation. Because of this fact, he typically does not discuss Viviscal for male-pattern baldness.

  • I am a woman just with slow, progressive thinning of my hair. Will this supplement work for me?
    Yes, Viviscalshould help you. Again, Dr. Lam is very focused on getting you the most targeted and long-term solutions to your problem. Accordingly, he usually reserves this product for women with unstable hair loss.

  • Does this product have any known negative side effects?
    The only side effect is if you are allergic to shellfish or cannot take shellfish based on religious, cultural, or other reasons, then you should avoid Viviscal.

  • Can I buy this product online?
    Yes, but Dr. Lam’s version has been specially formulated for medical professionals and he sells it at a very reasonable price to his patients. In addition, many products sold online are not authentic in nature.

  • When will I start seeing the effects of this treatment?
    For hair shedding, you may notice improvements rather quickly even a few weeks after starting but typically it takes a month or two to start seeing the improvement. However, everyone is different and can responddifferentially both in terms of degree of improvement as well as time toward improvement.

  • Is there anything else I should know?
    Yes, hair loss is a complicated issue, especially female hair loss. A single medication alone without evaluation may be insufficient to achieve your desired end. It is worth reading over the section on “Female Metabolic Evaluation” to understand some of the basic principles and strategies of investigation for any woman experiencing hair loss. Dr. Lam also is a very strong advocate of naturopathic medicine for evaluation of one’s hair loss since there could be psychological and emotional reasons for hair loss.


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