Hair loss impacts millions of people in the United States. Even though many people experience balding or thinning hair, hair loss is highly personal. Hair loss can affect self-esteem and confidence. Plus, it can feel scary to begin losing your hair.
Fortunately, several hair loss treatment options are available to help prevent, slow down, reverse and replace lost hair.
What Causes Hair Loss?
Various factors, such as genetics, hormones, medical conditions and lifestyles, can cause hair loss. Genetics most commonly cause hair loss for males and females. Genetic hair loss typically manifests as thinning in the frontal or crown area of the scalp.
Hormonal changes, such as those experienced during pregnancy or menopause, can cause hair loss. Medical conditions, such as scalp infections and autoimmune disorders, can also be responsible for hair loss. In addition, lifestyle factors like stress, diet and lack of sleep can contribute to hair loss.
Types of Hair Loss Treatment Solutions
Custom Hair Replacement
Hair replacement is a solution to restore one’s appearance. The process applies high-quality replacement hair to cover balding or thinning areas using innovative techniques. The replacement hair comes in a variety of colors, textures and lengths. A hair specialist can cut, color and style the hair to fit each client’s preferences. This semi-permanent solution provides a natural appearance without the commitment or risks of surgery.
Wigs, toupees and other hairpieces are non-medical hair loss treatment options. Hairpieces come in various styles, textures and colors and cover up balding or thinning spots temporarily. These removable products may not offer the natural appearance many people desire. However, they are convenient with a lower commitment.
Hair Transplant Surgery
Hair transplant surgery is a permanent hair loss treatment option for those looking to restore their natural hairline or fill in balding areas. During the procedure, a surgeon removes healthy hair follicles from the back of the scalp and relocates them to thinning or balding areas. The relocated follicles create a new hairline or fill in gaps. The surgery is expensive and typically not covered by insurance and includes the risks associated with any surgical procedure.
Several medications treat hair loss. The most popular prescription for hair loss is Minoxidil, which helps reduce hair loss and promote new hair growth. It is available in topical and oral options. Other medications include Finasteride and Dutasteride.
Scalp micropigmentation is a non-invasive procedure to address hair loss. It involves injecting pigment into the scalp to create an illusion of a buzz cut. The results are immediate, and the process can help to camouflage sparse areas or bald spots to give a fuller appearance. It is also long-lasting and has no downtime.
Laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses low-level light energy to stimulate hair growth. During treatment, the laser light is directed onto the scalp to stimulate blood flow and increase cellular activity in the hair follicles.
Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a treatment used to stimulate healing and promote new hair follicle growth. This emerging therapy works as an injection or topical application. PRP can be used as a standalone to treat hair loss or after hair transplant surgery to aid in healing.
If lifestyle factors cause hair loss, there are several steps you can take to help prevent or slow down the process. Stress-reduction techniques, such as yoga and meditation, can help reduce stress levels contributing to hair loss. Additionally, eating a balanced diet with plenty of vitamins and minerals and getting adequate rest and exercise can help reduce stress and promote new hair growth.
Finding the Best Hair Loss Treatment Solution
While everyone’s hair loss experience is unique, many people find success with treatment options like medication, surgery and cosmetic procedures. The best hair loss treatment solution depends on your goals and circumstances. Consult a board-certified dermatologist specializing in hair loss to determine the cause of your hair loss.
Absolute Image Consulting offers customized hair replacement solutions at our boutique salon in Atlanta. Contact us to schedule a consultation.