Do you want to have complete and thick hair but think that a hair transplant is too expensive or too extreme? Fortunately, some non-surgical methods can be used to restore hair.
This post will introduce and then outline the many non-invasive methods and how you can choose between the available options. The results will give you an idea of the causes of hair loss and ways you can fight it.
Do Non-Surgical Hair Replacement Methods Work?
There is ample evidence that non-surgical treatments are an effective way to achieve hair growth or minimize hair loss. However, results vary significantly from person to person and will only last as long as you continue to use the treatment. Meanwhile, FUT and FUE hair transplants are the only treatments on the market that provide permanent results.
Benefits of non-surgical hair replacement
- The non-surgical hair replacement process gives immediate results
- This process, compared to surgical hair transplants such as FUE/FUT, is cheap
- The best thing about this hair replacement is that the patient does not have to rely on the donor area
- Non-surgical hair replacement is good for those who are bald
- This procedure is suitable for everyone. Everyone can choose their hairstyle.
Non-surgical treatment options for hair loss
For those less enthusiastic about the side effects of surgical hair replacement options, non-invasive options are available such as:-
The two most common treatments for hair loss are minoxidil and finasteride. There are the only two FDA-approved hair loss drugs currently on the market:-
Minoxidil was first developed to treat ulcers in the 1950s and was later expanded to treat enlarged prostates. However, an unexpected additional result was control of hair loss. As a result, it was soon launched under the Rogaine brand. Rogaine, also known by its generic name “Minoxidil,” is a topical medication applied to the scalp and is believed to widen the blood vessels in the scalp, which stimulates hair growth.
Both men and women can use this treatment to treat male and female baldness. It is sold in various concentrations for men and women. In men with male pattern baldness, thinning, and alopecia is caused by sensitivity to DHT. When the hormone attaches to the hair follicle, it causes an inflammatory response that eventually leads to hair miniaturization.
As the follicle shrinks, it becomes more difficult for the blood vessels to carry blood to the follicle. This eventually leads to the death of the follicle. However, when blood vessels dilate, they can deliver oxygen and essential nutrients to the follicles. Simply put, Rogaine doesn’t stop the causes of hair loss; Instead, it works by allowing hair follicles to survive in a sterile environment.
However, there are some drawbacks to using Rogaine to treat hair loss. For example, it may take you months to see results, and even after that time, hair restoration is not guaranteed and may not work for you.
The second FDA-approved drug for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia is finasteride, which was first approved under the Propecia brand in 1992. Unlike minoxidil, finasteride targets the problem – DHT, but this can have some unpleasant effects.
Although DHT contributes to hair loss, it is still an important hormone that plays a significant role in the body (especially in the genitals). Therefore, completely blocking DHT (such as finasteride) can cause sexual side effects.
For example, finasteride users may experience decreased sexual desire, an inability to have and maintain an erection, and low emissions. In addition, it has been shown that these side effects persist even after discontinuation of use.
PRP for hair (platelet-rich plasma)
PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, is an injectable therapy designed to aid in the regeneration and healing of injuries. Platelets help wound clotting, but they also play a role in the healing process. This treatment is widely used today to treat hair loss. The patient’s plasma is obtained from their blood and injected into various parts of the scalp. Plasma extraction also extracts certain healing factors that help restore hair that was previously absent.
Mesotherapy for hair loss uses micro-injection of a specially formulated solvent into the scalp to rejuvenate and restore hair. The word itself refers to the layer of skin into which the solution is injected – the “mesoderm” or middle layer.
Micro-injections for mesotherapy are very superficial – they are applied only to the skin. Therefore, this non-surgical treatment is easy to perform in our practice and, you can immediately return to your daily activities. For decades, mesotherapy has been used to successfully restore volume to thinning hair and promotes significant hair growth in women and men suffering from baldness.
This technology is based on the knowledge that a lack of proper nutrition causes most hair loss problems, decreased blood flow to the scalp, and hormonal imbalances around the hair follicles.
For hair restoration treatment, mesotherapy solution injected into the scalp contains a unique combination of minerals, amino acids, vitamins, nucleic acids and coenzymes. The treatment gradually restores metabolic balance, which allows the steady growth of new healthy hair strands. This treatment is very safe and essentially painless when used professionally, without the need for local anaesthesia or skin bandages.
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT)
A newer treatment option for patients with hair loss, LLLT uses lasers to promote hair growth in both men and women, and there are now a wide variety of instruments on the market that are used to perform this treatment. It is believed that LLLT works by absorbing the laser into cells, resulting in increased cell activity; however, there is currently not enough research to confirm how the treatment works.
There is some evidence that this method promotes hair growth, but it only works for people with androgenic alopecia, and even so, it may not work for everyone.
Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is effective in both men and women. It works from:
- Stimulation of re-entry of the anagen phase into hair from the telogen phase
- Prolongation of the duration of the anagen phase
- Increases hair growth rate against anagen phase background
- Prevention of premature development of the catagen phase
Comb and helmet
While LLLT is done regularly in clinics under the doctor, you can also use this therapy at home with the help of a comb and helmet. Both application methods have shown positive results, and both side effects, if any, have been shown to occur regularly with regular use.
In 2007, laser combs were first approved by the FDA for use on men. The same was achieved in 2011 for women. Helmets have shown similar positive results and recently received FDA approval as well.
As a natural and highly effective treatment for thinning and baldness, microneedle has been a therapy for treating scars and wrinkles that have been practised for many years. However, in recent years, micro-needles have also been applied to the scalp, and their positive effects have life-changing consequences for those experiencing hair loss.
Microneedling is a therapy in which wounds are intentionally inflicted. These wounds are very small (hence “micro”), but what happens during their recovery cycle makes them such a popular dermatological treatment. When the skin is damaged, it goes through a cycle consisting of three phases:-
The inflammation that occurs during the recovery can trigger the proliferation (production) of new cells. These new cells contain healthy hair follicles that allow healthy and healthy hair to grow.
A Scalp tension reduction Device
While DHT and androgen sensitivity play a role in hair thinning and loss, they are not the main culprits. Instead, it will be a strain on the scalp. Scalp tension occurs when the scalp muscles contract for long periods. It may be caused by physical or mental stress. If it looks too long, the scalp tissue can become inflamed.
When inflammation occurs, the body sends hormones to the area to reverse its effects. One of these hormones is DHT. Some people are genetically predisposed to DHT. In these people, the presence of DHT in the follicles can cause havoc.
This is why the stereotypical pattern of baldness is seen in many men (and some women) with hair loss. However, the good news is that there are ways to combat scalp tension before it becomes a long-term problem. And even if this is an established problem, it can still be solved with a scalp tension relief device.
The scalp tension device works like a scalp massager. They loosen the tissues near the muscles while relaxing the muscles and reducing inflammation. Some of which can be achieved by manually massaging the scalp. But these devices offer higher quality and more even pressure. Unfortunately, this means you can only spend ten minutes a day using a scalp device and see the results.
Healthy and balanced diet
While proper nutrition can’t cure everyone, it can help bring your body to a more natural state. As a result, you can experience positive changes, including hair restoration.
Like many other body tissues, hair follicles also need two things to survive: oxygen and nutrients. They are released into the blood, but the tension on the scalp can restrict that blood flow and reduce oxygen and nutrients reaching the follicles. This can lead to sluggish and slow hair growth, hence nutrition is very important.
When you are trying to change your diet, the thoughts of eliminating and adding foods can be overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are some foods to take:
- Lean meat
- Green leaf
- Seasonal fruit
- Nuts and seeds
- Whole grain
You don’t have to go on an extreme diet, and you don’t even have to give up all the foods you love. Even though most of the foods you eat are healthy, they will be even better than before. If you suspect you may be nutritionally deficient, talk to a Hairsure Clinic doctor.
Which method is suitable for you?
The reality is that not everyone will have the same experience with different treatments. For example, some patients suffering from hair loss may undergo surgery and be satisfied with the results, while others regret their decision.
So what can you do to make the right decision?
- First, you need to understand what is causing hair loss. Is this a one-time event causing telogen effluvium or a chronic problem?
- Second, you must decide whether you want to reflect on the problem or solve the problem from the source. It may seem obvious to opt for the treatment, but many opt for the former option out of convenience.
- Third, you need to decide how hard you are going to work for long-term results. There is no doubt that the positive results of hair growth take time.
When should surgical treatment options be considered?
You may have tried the above techniques with little or no success. Or maybe you have had great success and believe that you can use this method to treat your hair after surgery. Either way, consider surgical treatment. What now?
A good candidate for hair loss surgery is someone who:
- No previous (or mild) illness;
- Older than 25 and younger than 65;
- Stops the progression of your hair loss;
- There are “curable” forms of hair loss, such as baldness.
- If you decide to go the surgical route, be sure to have your examination done.
While surgical methods to treat hair, such as hair transplantation and scalp reduction – are popular among the hair loss community, they are not the only methods on the market. In addition, there are many non-surgical methods you can use with the same (or even better) results.