If you’re sick of seeing bald spots in the mirror and are looking into hair transplantation surgery as a way to combat your hair loss, you may have some questions regarding results. Hair restoration procedures use healthy follicular units harvested from donor sites in the scalp, typically the back and sides of the head, and plant them in the balding spots on the top of the head and along the hairline. The transplanted follicles are healthy and continue to produce hair for years to come, but they’re not immune to the harsh effects of aging.
Hair transplantation procedures from experts like Dr. Cooley at Carolina Dermatology Hair Center can transform your hair and return it to the youthful thickness you’ve been missing, but they cannot reverse hair loss. While the cause of hair loss is not completely understood, a few products do exist that have proven results in slowing and combating hair loss.
Rogaine, which contains minoxidil, is one of the few medical treatment options to show real results. It can reverse the effects of miniaturization, or the shrinking of hair follicles, to produce thicker hair. Rogaine, or any other product, cannot completely halt hereditary hair loss, but it has been shown to make a visible change in hair thickness for both men and women.
Propecia is an oral prescription medicine that contains finasteride, which has been shown in clinical trials to slow down hair loss. When taken daily, Propecia can lower levels of dihydrotestosterone, the culprit responsible for choking off hair follicles until they stop producing hair altogether. When taken together, Propecia and Rogaine can make a noticeable change in hair thickness and prevent hair loss, but they can’t do anything to bring back follicular units that have stopped producing hair.
New Medical Treatments
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy is another option that can return youth to thinning hair by using growth factors taken from the plasma within your own blood. Research has also shown promise in laser therapy as a viable means to promote hair regrowth, but it does not yet yield results for the majority of patients. As research continues and hair loss is better understood, these treatments will be refined or replaced by newer treatments to make an even bigger difference for those experiencing hair loss.
So, can hair transplantation manage ongoing hair loss? Kind of. Hair restoration surgery can fill in bald spots and fading hairlines by transplanting hair taken from elsewhere on the head, but the remaining native hair is still vulnerable to further hair loss. When combined with medical products with proven results, hair transplantation can effectively slow down and treat ongoing hair loss.
The sooner you act to prevent hair loss, the better your results will be. Call the experts at Carolina Dermatology Hair Center today at 704-542-1601 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cooley. Dr. Cooley will formulate a treatment plan to combat your hair loss and keep you looking young for years to come.