Hair Regrowth vs. Hair Transplant

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When faced with increasing hair loss, understanding what options are available to you can be a somewhat tricky topic to navigate. With so much misleading and incorrect information present designed specifically to prey on hair loss victims, determining what really works can be difficult to accomplish on your own.

At Carolina Dermatology Hair Center, we offer professional advice and effective options for restoring hair. Several methods currently exist to successfully treat hereditary hair loss and Dr. Cooley and the team at Haircenter will educate you on all of them during an initial consultation.

Hair Regrowth

While the internet and misleading companies may have you believing multivitamins and magic herbs are the key to regrowing hair, the true method lies in two FDA-approved products with a history of results. Rogaine and Propecia are currently the only two medicated products on the market that have shown reliable success in regrowing hair.

Hereditary hair loss occurs when the natural growth cycle of hair becomes disrupted due to an increase in the presence of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), brought about as a result of aging. Rogaine and Propecia both work to fight hair loss in different ways. Rogaine slows the miniaturization of hair follicles, attempting to prevent active hair follicles from dying out, through encouraging increased blood circulation in the scalp. Propecia can rejuvenate aging follicles and even regrow hair from seemingly inactive follicles. When used simultaneously as part of a dedicated hair care regimen, these two products can create noticeable hair regrowth and slow down the effects of hereditary hair loss.

Unfortunately, if you have lost a significant amount of hair, even regular use of Rogaine and Propecia is incapable of reversing your hair loss. If this is the case for you, you may find better success in hair transplant surgery.

Hair Transplant Surgery

With hair transplant surgery, surgeons can rebuild thinning hairlines and restore hair to parts of the scalp that have begun to bald. During hair transplant surgery, healthy and active follicular units are harvested from along the back and sides of the scalp and transplanted in balding areas on the top and front of the scalp. For men, hair located along the back and sides of the scalp are usually immune to hereditary hair loss and provide a stable resource for hair transplants. Implanting these resilient follicular units into areas of the scalp whose follicles have stopped producing hair effectively restores healthy and natural hair growth to the area.

Two methods of modern hair transplant surgery exist: follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE). While both options can restore hair for dramatic results in balding patients, even hair transplant surgery has its limits. In order to provide a lifelong of healthy, thick hair, consult with a hair loss specialist at the onset of hair loss. If hair loss progresses to near baldness, hair regrowth medication and hair transplant surgery can cease to be a viable option.

If you are experiencing hair loss and are curious what modern hair restoration techniques can do for you, contact Carolina Dermatology Hair Center today at 704-729-7337 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cooley, our resident hair loss expert.