An individual experiencing the initial stages of losing their hair may be hesitant to consider hair transplants as a hair recovery method. The majority of the time, hair transplants do not live up to the expectations of the patient.
Fortunately, numerous non-surgical options exist that can replace the need for hair transplants. Keep in mind that hair transplants are the ideal option if you are looking to prevent hair loss as efficiently as possible.
Top Options for Hair Restoration
1. Medications That Stimulate Hair Growth
Certain cases of hair loss can be treated by using hair loss medications such as the FDA-approved Propecia (finasteride) or Rogaine (also known as minoxidil).
Propecia is considered one of the most effective options in terms of prescription medications for hair loss. According to studies, over 60 percent of men experience regrowth after using Propecia between a year and 18 months. Typically, the dosage is about one pill (1 mg) per day.
This medication works by prohibiting DHT from attaching to hair follicles. This helps prevent male pattern baldness in certain men. Propecia is also known generically as finasteride. It is also used in a different form, known as Proscar, to enlarge the prostate.
A large number of men also seek help from Rogaine (minoxidil). As opposed to Propecia, this topical medication is available without a prescription.
It works in a similar fashion as finasteride by suppressing hair loss and improving the appearance of the scalp. Many patients go this route as an alternative or a supplement to hair transplants.
The downside is that some hair loss medications are pricey and the patient can experience hair loss upon quitting the medication.
2. Robotic Hair Restoration
Robotic hair restoration is relatively noninvasive and can help patients avoid embarrassing effects such as stitches and scarring that are often a result of hair transplants.
Due to technological advances, this procedure is one of the best options for treating hair loss and provides patients with a natural, permanent solution.
3. Disguising Techniques
Another option for dealing with hair loss is utilizing techniques such as sprays, makeup, and hair building fibers that disguise the issue. These methods are not permanent but they are less costly and require less effort than other options (although these techniques are messy at times).
4. Hairpieces and Wigs
Another method of addressing hair loss is using wigs and hairpieces. There are countless options to choose from and most can even be customized to help make them undetectable. Although wigs are usually easy to apply, they do require regular care and maintenance and can be tricky to deal with in summer months.
5. Plasma Rich Platelet (PRP) Treatment
PRP – a normal component of blood – plays a large role in healing wounds. To treat hair loss, PRP is injected into the scalp in areas that are experiencing hair loss.
PRP helps stimulate the growth of hair follicles, boost circulation, reduce inflammation, and decrease the risk of shock loss.
Consider using one of these treatments (or combining several) to help slow hair loss and promote a healthy scalp for many years to come.