Considering hair loss is such a widespread problem, it’s quite surprising how many people assume there’s no real treatment for it other than a hair transplant. A hair transplant is certainly a good option for men with thinning hair but it’s just one of the available treatments for treating hair loss.
Below is a detailed explanation of the hair loss treatments that are currently available –
Minoxidil has been widely available as a hair loss treatment since the late 80s. It’s sold as a regrowth solution and helps to thicken the hair by increasing the blood flow to hair follicles. It’s not effective in every case but it’s certainly worth trying if your hair is thinning.
Minoxidil is available as a liquid treatment that’s applied with a dropper, or as a foam. Both can be purchased without the need for a prescription.
Finasteride is seen by many to be the most effective solution available for treating hair loss. It’s taken orally and works by systemically inhibiting the production of DHT – the primary hormone responsible for male pattern baldness.
Finasteride has been proven to be effective for the majority of men at slowing down hair loss. Many men also experience some regrowth while taking it. As is the case with minoxidil – results do vary from one person to the next.
Hair fibres are different to minoxidil and finasteride in that they’re not intended to prevent hair loss itself. Instead they’re used to mask any thinning areas and provide a natural look. The fibres are designed so they cling to your existing hair and come in a wide rage of colors. They’re certainly not for everybody but hair fibres would be seen by most to be a more affordable and practical alternative to wearing a toupee.
Hair transplants are the most expensive of the available solutions for hair loss but also the most effective long term. In a modern day hair transplant, the hair is taken from the back of the patient’s head and transplanted to the thinning areas. The hair on the back of the head is not genetically prone to falling out so the results are permanent.
Below are the two main hair transplant procedures –
- FUE – Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplants are performed by individually extracting the donor hair from the back of the patient’s head. The hair is then carefully placed in the thinning areas so that a natural look is achieved.
- FUT (Strip) – Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) transplants are different to FUE in that the extracted grafts are taken from a strip of tissue that’s cut from the back of the patient’s head. FUT hair transplants are cheaper and quicker than FUE but do come with the downside of a permanent scar on the back of the head.
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