When you are dealing with hair loss, no matter what the cause, you want to find the best treatment for it, as quickly as you can. The good news is that there are a lot of hair loss treatment options out there, ranging from products you can purchase over the counter to treatments you need to see a hair restoration specialist for. Once you’ve figured out which treatments are best for you, you can get on the road to restoring a full head of hair.
Hair Loss Treatment 101
Hair Loss Medicines
In the US, there are a few medicines that are FDA approved for the treatment of hair loss, specifically pattern baldness. Both men and women who are suffering from hair loss can try minoxidil, perhaps better known by the brand name Rogaine. It’s a topical treatment that you apply directly to the area that is balding or thinning. The medicine helps encourage near hair growth and helps to make existing hair growth thicker and fuller.
Men who are experiencing hair loss can also consider finasteride, also known as propecia. It’s a prescription-only medicine that’s only available to male patients. Finasteride helps to slow down hair loss by inhibiting the production of DHT, the hormone responsible for male pattern baldness. Whether a person takes finasteride or minoxidil, continued use is essential for continued results.
Laser Hair Loss Treatments
It might sound like something out of a science fiction novel, but low level laser energy can actually help slow down hair loss. The energy created by the lasers in the Capillus laser cap and similar treatments helps to increase the size of unhealthy hair follicles, spurring new growth. The lasers can also encourage the production of proteins necessary for hair growth and can increase the metabolic response in the follicles.
Laser hair loss treatments are often best suited for patients suffering from telogen effluvium, which is hair loss due to high stress levels. The treatments can also help patients who are experiencing male or female pattern baldness or who have hair loss due to physical injuries.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy is another type of treatment for hair loss. PRP is often combined with other types of treatment, such as hair restoration surgery, to provide the best results. The growth factors found in PRP help to stimulate the hair follicles, encouraging new hair growth.
Treating Another Medical Condition
In cases when hair loss is connected to another medical condition, such as an overactive thyroid, treating the underlying medical condition can help to treat or reverse the hair loss.
Hair restoration surgery, or a hair transplant, can help to permanently restore lost hair caused by male or female pattern baldness, trauma and certain other types of hair loss. Surgical options include strip harvesting as well as follicular unit extraction, which removes donor grafts one by one. Although surgery provides a permanent treatment option for hair loss, it’s not the right choice for everyone.
To learn more about your New Jersey hair loss treatment options, contact Contemporary Hair Transplant, a division of the Chubank Medical Group, today. The hair restoration practice offers a number of treatments, from laser treatments to surgery. Call 844-261-7020 and ask for Lisa to schedule your appointment.