Hair Loss Info

Hair Loss Info

FAQs about Hair Loss

• What causes hair loss?

It's a matter of genes. Hair loss is predetermined before birth. Sensitivity to the male hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone) by the follicles will cause them to shrink and cause thinning over time. Add the age factor and individuals can experience a range from thinning to partial balding.

• What about medical solutions?

As we mentioned before, DHT is the hormone, combined with genetics; that causes hair loss. There are FDA-approved medications that are effective in keeping the hair you currently have and actually re-grow some of the hair already lost.

• Will hair restoration really work?

Hair restoration has worked for both men and women, young and old, for almost half a century. It works and looks the most natural because it is your own hair. It will grow on its own and is a permanent solution for hair loss.

• Will I have a natural appearance?

Because the procedure utilizes microsurgery to relocate hair from your own donor area, the hair is and looks very natural. Using the Follicular Transplant Unit (FTU) method, the surgeon can locate the exact texture and sizes of hair, from one to three units, to give the most natural appearance. Most importantly, there's no “plug” effect and the hairs will grow forever.

• What's my next step?

Call our office for a free consultation. Your individual situation will be evaluated and a plan laid out for you to achieve your goals and a natural look. Areas of discussion will include your expectations, available donor area, and costs. Specific information about benefits, options, limitations, and procedural steps will be provided.

• What about costs?

Don't let the financial concerns keep you from completing a hair restoration procedure that can change your life. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will review your personal situation and customize a payment plan designed to fit your budget.


Hair Loss Medications and Treatments

The following are the only FDA-approved hair loss medications. Prescription medications (Propecia® and generic finasteride formulations) should be taken only under the direct supervision of a physician.

All these medications have been clinically-proven effective and are widely-used in the treatment of hair loss.

Propecia® (Finasteride/Proscar)

Please see our page on Propecia here

Laser Hair Therapy (Low Level Laser Therapy)
 
Low Level Laser Therapy is a non-invasive treatment for hair loss. It consists of bio-stimulation to the hair cell and promoting healthier, fuller, thicker hair growth while increasing circulation to the scalp. For more information on LHT please click here.

Rogaine® (Minoxidil)

Rogaine® (Minoxidil) is a topical solution that has been available many years by prescription to treat hair loss in both men and women. It is currently available over-the-counter in Regular 2% and Extra Strength 5% formulations.

While the 2% solution can be used by either gender, the 5% solution is recommended for use by men only. Rogaine® 5% has been reported to be much more effective (studies show 45% greater hair growth) than the 2% product. Some patients combine Propecia® with minoxidil to obtain the best results.

Although Rogaine's exact method of action is unknown, we understand that it stimulates the growth phase of hair follicles and causes them to thicken and grow longer. The drug is meant to be applied twice daily with a minimum of eight hours in between.

It usually takes four months to see less hair falling out, and at least seven months to see any re-growth. If you stop using Rogaine®, you will lose whatever hair you preserved or re-grew within two to four months.

Within the first few weeks, as Rogaine® begins working, you may experience more hair loss than usual. This is temporary and an expected part of the process. Early hair re-growth is soft and colorless, like peach fuzz; however with continued use, new hairs should be the same color and thickness as your other hair.

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