Surgical hair transplants have been performed for many decades and techniques are continually being refined and improved. However, there are still many reasons why people choose not to have hair transplant surgery – results are not guaranteed, cost is a major factor and there are always concerns before embarking on surgery particularly the worry about scarring.
Many hair loss sufferers are therefore keen to look for a non-surgical solution to their hair loss problem.
What are my non-surgical hair loss options?
In terms of topical treatments, there are two medications that have undergone the necessary clinical trials for the Food & Drug Administration in the United States – they are Minoxidil, known to consumers as Rogaine, and Finasteride which is marketed as Propecia.
Minoxidil results can vary, but when successful it can stop hair loss and stimulate new hair growth. Finasteride works by inhibiting the enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, which our hair follicles are so sensitive to.
Both products work best at an early stage of hair loss and any results are dependent on continued treatment with the medication.
A new non-surgical hair loss option
The latest treatment that is receiving a lot of attention in hair loss circles is Platelet Rich Plasma, also known as PRP. During their procedure, blood is taken from the patient and spun in a centrifuge to separate out the platelet-rich plasma in our blood.
These platelets contain growth factors that can stimulate cell growth and multiplication and this procedure has been used for many years in orthopaedics, dentistry, implant surgery and after surgery or trauma to aid recovery and wound healing. The belief is that, injected into the scalp, it can stimulate hair follicle production and hair growth.
The benefits of PRP is that it is autoglous – meaning it uses your own blood – so chance of reaction is minimal. It also means minimal downtime and no chance of scarring. The procedure can also be repeated many times to achieve the best results.
A non-surgical camouflage option for hair loss
Although it can’t stimulate new hair growth, a treatment that is incredibly popular due to its effectiveness as a camouflage for hair loss, is scalp micropigmentation or SMP. This was first pioneered by the experts at HisHair Clinic who remain world-leaders in the field of SMP with clinics all over the world. To find the nearest clinic to you, click here.