A patient who is in the early stages of hair loss may not want to pursue hair transplants as a means to recover from hair loss. Oftentimes hair transplantation procedures also fail to meet the expectations of certain individuals.
There are several non-surgical solutions that can serve as an adequate substitute until hair transplants are a viable option, but hair transplants are ideal if you want to prevent hair loss in the most effective way.
Hair Growth Stimulating Medications
Some hair loss is treatable through the use of medical hair loss treatments, including FDA-approved medications such as Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil).
Propecia is commonly regarded as the most effective prescription treatment for hair loss, with up to 66% of men experiencing regrowth between 12-18 months of using this medication. The typical dosage is 1mg per day in a single pill.
Propecia works by preventing the formation of DHT from binding with hair follicles, suppressing the development of male pattern baldness in men. It also goes by the generic name of finasteride, and in the form of Proscar is also used to enlarge the prostate.
Another popular option for many men is Rogaine, or minoxidil. Unlike Propecia, patients use this as a topical treatment without the need for a prescription.
Similar to finasteride, it can suppress hair loss and improve the scalp’s appearance as an acceptable substitute for hair transplants. In many cases, hair transplant patients use it as supplemental treatment.
Unfortunately, certain medications are expensive and can result in hair loss once the patient stops taking them.
Robotic Hair Restoration
Unlike typical hair transplant procedures, robotic hair restoration is a minimally invasive procedure that can help patients avoid embarrassing aftereffects such as linear scarring and stitches.
Today’s technological developments make this procedure one of the most effective methods of hair restoration, providing patients with a permanent and natural solution to pervasive hair loss.
Men experiencing hair loss can use masking materials such as hair building fibers, sprays, and makeup. They aren’t permanent, but they don’t take as much effort to apply as other treatments, although they can be messy.
Wigs and Hairpieces
Another cosmetic treatment for hair loss is the use of hairpieces and wigs, which can be relatively easy to apply. Many different options are available to customize these and make them unnoticeable, but they do require frequent cleaning and maintenance, and may be difficult to manage during hot summer months.
Plasma Rich Platelets (PRP)
PRP is a natural component of the blood that is largely responsible for healing wounds and soft tissue. PRP hair loss treatment involves the injection of PRP into the scalp over the general area of hair loss and into the area of hair restoration following the initial procedure.
PRP can ultimately help encourage hair follicle growth, increased circulation, decreased inflammation, and reduced risk of shock loss.
With one or more of these treatments in mind, you can effectively avoid hair loss and retain the appearance of a healthy scalp for many years following the onset of male pattern baldness.