HAIR LOSS TREATMENT OPTIONS
Hair Loss – Restore your hair permanently with a hair transplant Surgical Treatments Natural, life long hair restoration is now available thanks to the development of current, state-of-the-art techniques.
Hair transplantation involves removing a strip of permanent hair-bearing skin from the back or sides of the scalp (donor area) and then, using various techniques, the strip is usually dissected into micrografts (containing 1-3 hairs). The micro/minigrafts are then meticulously planted into the bald or thinning area of the scalp (recipient area) using different sizes of slits.
The creation of very small micrografts (follicular units) has allowed very natural, feathered hairlines to be grafted, and avoids an abrupt, “pluggy look,” that was typical years ago. A minigraft can be used behind the hairline for added density.
Depending on the degree of balding, 1-3 procedures involving thousands of grafts may be required to achieve the desired density (of course, more procedures could be done if hair loss progresses or greater density is desired).
Within 24 hours small crusts will form on each graft which are shed in approximately 7-10 days. The grafted hairs will often start to grow by 10-12 weeks after the procedure and will continue to grow for a lifetime.
Finasteride (Propecia®) a new oral medication available by prescription only, has been recently introduced to the market. Through scientific studies over the last 4 years, it has been shown to re-grow hair in a significant number of men, especially in those with crown baldness or thinning and to slow down or stop hair loss in an even higher percentage.
Finasteride works by decreasing the formation of DHT a hormone responsible in large part for male pattern hair loss, while not affecting testosterone, the overall male hormone responsible for masculinity. Therefore, any side effects that may involve male sexual function are mild and occur in less than 2% of all patients.
Finasteride (Proscar®) has been available for over 10 years to help older men with enlarged prostates and has been shown to be safe and effective. Finasteride (Proscar®) works best for early or moderate hair loss and is suggested by hair restoration surgeons as an effective medication to slow down or reverse male pattern hair loss in many men.
Finasteride (Propecia®) or (Proscar®) is most productive when used in conjunction with hair transplantation procedures.
A 2% Minoxidil (Rogaine®) solution applied to the scalp has been available for over 10 years and is now available without a prescription in many countries. Minoxidil works best in the early stages of male pattern hair loss to stop or retard further hair loss and is more effective on the top and back of the scalp than at the frontal hairline as is the case with Finasteride. A higher concentration (5% solution) of Minoxidil is now available and has been shown to be more effective than the 2% solution.
Both Finasteride and Minoxidil must be used on a continual basis in order to sustain results, and if discontinued, the process of balding resumes. These medications may not work for everyone, but they have a proven track record that shows a significant benefit to many people, especially when combined with hair transplantation.