Hair loss is a common sign of aging. While hair loss, or baldness, is often associated with men, this is an issue which can affect either gender. If you have noticed that more and more of your hair has been appearing at the bottom of your shower each morning, you may be weighing your treatment options to turn around this trend. But which treatment option is best for you? We will attempt to provide some clarity in this post.
Considering the Cause of Hair Loss
When we think of hair loss, we usually think of genetics. Male-pattern baldness is a common genetic pattern which can lead to a thin head of hair as we age. In the same way, female-pattern hair loss can occur as well, although it is not as common. In addition to genetics, other issues can result in lost hair. For example, a traumatic scalp injury like a burn may create a situation where your hair will not grow back in a particular location. Considering the underlying cause of your hair loss should be one of the first steps in the hair restoration process.
Reversing the Pattern with Drugs
It is common for men who are experiencing genetic hair loss to attempt to reverse the pattern through the use of drugs. The use of drugs such as topical minoxidil or finasteride has been shown to offer some help in these cases. Unfortunately, such help is only experienced by a minority of the patients who attempt this kind of treatment. More often than not, treating hair loss with drugs is going to be a losing effort. Some patients will have success reversing the pattern, and some will slow the pattern down – but the majority will not see a benefit.
Taking a Procedural Approach
Instead of opting for a medicinal method, you may choose to have a hair restoration procedure completed to give yourself a better chance of success. Grafting hair from one part of the scalp to another is a common practice, and it is one of the most viable ways to counteract hair loss. There is no guarantee of success with any kind of hair restoration procedure, but the odds are far better with this approach than with drugs.
While it might seem complicated, this type of procedure is relatively straightforward. The hair follicles are harvested from one location and transplanted into the air which has been affected by hair loss. After a period of a few months, a successful procedure should start to grow in. Since this is your own hair which has been moved to a different location on your scalp, the end result is a very natural look and feel.
Working with a Professional Team
There are many practices which offer hair restoration procedures, but you are going to be best-served by visiting an experienced plastic surgery practice with the necessary training and years of experience to perform this procedure. This is an important procedure, as it will be performed on one of the most visible parts of your body. Allowing somebody who does not have extensive experience in this field to perform your hair transplant procedure could lead to disappointing results and embarrassing scars. Taking such a chance simply isn’t worth the risk.
The Consultation is Key
As is the case with everything in the plastic surgery field, you need to have a customized, individual approach to your care. Our office provides complimentary consultations so we can make sure that you fully understand your options. We will be able to determine what your goals are for hair restoration treatment, we will be able to address your concerns, and we will be able to answer any lingering questions. If you are currently a little nervous about the prospect of a hair restoration procedure, there is a good chance that the consultation will put your mind at ease.
The best hair restoration treatment is the one that works for you. Sure, that sounds a little simplistic, but it’s true. If you are interested in a hair transplant procedure to restore the full head of hair you once owned, please contact us right away for more information.