Thinning hair or bald spots on the scalp can make anyone self-conscious about his/her appearance, regardless of age. Hair Transplant surgery is without any doubt the most effective hair restoration procedure and a method of choice for most patients. But some patients don’t want to undergo surgery and thus look for non-surgical ways to restore hair. If you are also afraid of surgery or you are too young to get one, there are numerous options available to help you control hair loss and in some cases regrow the lost hair as well. Here we will discuss with you some of non-surgical hair restoration methods, but your doctor can better help you determine which method is appropriate for you.
Hairpieces and Toupees:
Wigs, toupees and hairpieces are among the oldest non-surgical solutions used ever for covering bald thatches and add volume to thinning areas. But these hair systems are hard to maintain and can be easily detected as well. This is why there has been a significant decline in demand for these products during recent years.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved a number of medicines for hair loss control and hair regrowth. Two most commonly used medicines for hair loss include Minoxidil and Finasteride. The former is a topical application available in varying strengths of 2%, 4% and 5%. Women are mostly recommended 2% concentration while men can use the higher concentrations as well.
Finasteride, on the other hand, is an oral medication that can be bought only after showing doctor’s prescription. It is used for treating severe baldness in men. It is strictly not recommended for women. Studies have shown that Finasteride has a success rate of up to 50%.
Doctors are also using injectables to treat hair loss. PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) shots are among the most commonly used non-surgical hair regrowth solutions. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), obtained from the patient’s own blood is rich in growth factors, which when injected into the scalp help stimulate adult stem cells and strengthen miniaturized hair follicles. The ultimate outcome is healthy hair growth.
Downside of Non Surgical Hair Restoration:
Non surgical hair restoration offers and easy solution to hair loss, as it involves nothing more than applying a solution to the balding areas or consuming a tablet every day. While these FDA approved medicines are really effective in reversing hair loss, their biggest downside is that the results offered are not permanent. In fact, you lose all your newly grown hair as soon as you stop using the medicine. Ultimately the hair loss returns again and you find yourself standing once again at the same point from where you had started your journey.
Hair Transplant Surgery – An Effective Solution:
Therefore, if you are really serious about hair loss and seeking an effective solution, look no further than a hair transplant surgery. The procedure involves relocation of healthy, DHT-resistant follicles from the back or sides of the scalp to the areas with bald patches or hair thinning. These hair follicles attach themselves to the blood supply in the recipient area and start growing like existing hair on your scalp. Since the transplanted hair are balding resistant, they do not fall off despite being placed in the baldness prone area.
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