Hair Restoration without Surgery
Hair loss can be due to genetic factors, hormonal changes, medical conditions, traction and aging. There is an innate stigma with the appearance of hair loss. Many of our patients feel that they look much older because of hair loss. There are several options for treating hair loss, ranging from shampoos to lasers to transplants. In this blog we’ll concentrate on the best nonsurgical hair restoration treatments for both men and women.
Most patients with pattern hair loss (both male and female) will benefit from topical Rogaine (Minoxidil). Dosing is different for men and women and may be different from what is described on the packaging. For optimal results from this topical treatment you should discuss proper dosing with a doctor.
There are multiple oral treatments for hair restoration. Propecia (Finasteride) is an oral medication that requires a prescription. It works very well for men with pattern hair loss and can also be used in women who are post menopausal. Spironolactone can be used to treat pattern hair loss in premenopausal women. Non prescription options for oral treatments include biotin and various herbal remedies. There is little scientific evidence to support most nonprescription oral treatments, but there is anecdotal support for some of them.
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has been shown to increase growth and decrease shedding in hair loss. There are several different types and brands of lasers that are used for hair loss, including laser combs and laser caps (Capillus). Studies have shown that frequent, regular use is key for optimal hair restoration. Most treatments should be done every other day or 3 times a week. There are home treatments and also in office professional grade treatments available.
In terms of minimally invasive treatments, one of our favorites is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). Your own blood is drawn to collect the PRP, which is then reinjected into your scalp. The PRP contains nutrients and growth factors necessary to stimulate the dormant follicles to grow. The result is thicker hairs with less shedding. The treatment will need to be repeated to maintain the new growth.
A Hair Restoration Plan is something that should be made after discussion with your doctor about your long term goals. The Hair Restoration doctor that you choose should be someone with whom you can develop a partnership with that will last for years.