Hair restoration treatment is the process of finding areas of your scalp where the hair is thinning and adding hair to those areas. Hair loss doctors will then, strand by strand, naturally restore your hair to a volume and density that let you reclaim the look and feel of your natural hair.
Types of Hair Restoration Treatment
Other than camouflaging the bald or balding areas with a hairpiece, a man has the option for non-surgical hair restoration through prescription medications. However, only one type of hair restoration treatment offers a permanent solution to hair loss, and that is hair restoration surgery. While most men at the early stages of hair loss tend to be good candidates for this procedure, the most suitable candidates are men who suffer from male pattern baldness or genetic hair loss.
Surgical Hair Treatment
Surgical hair treatment involves removing hair follicles from a donor site, which is a section of the scalp or sometimes another part of the body, and placing them at the recipient site, which is the part of the scalp that is bald or balding. This process is typically performed on men to combat male pattern baldness.
Common Types of Surgical Hair Transplants
Surgical hair replacement has come a long way since it was first instated as a permanent hair transplant solution. Here are the most common types of surgical hair transplants that are used today.
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is the recommended surgical hair replacement choice amongst hair transplant patients because it has a higher success rate. It is a rather invasive procedure, however, that involves taking one lineal strip to produce 2,000 or more tiny hair follicles that consist of about 2-3 hairs each and then relocating it to the affected area. Commonly referred to as the “strip” method of hair treatment, the side effects often involve swelling, bleeding, and red patchiness.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
Unlike FUT, Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a detailed procedure that requires meticulous care in practice. Essentially, each hair strand is extracted one by one from a part of the scalp where hair growth is flourishing—usually the crown or back of the head—and then carefully repositioned in the area where hair growth is lacking. Much like FUT, common side effects include swelling and redness for the first couple of days. This procedure may be painstaking, which is why it will often cost approximately 40% more than FUT.
Out of the three surgical hair replacement procedures, scalp reduction is arguably the most unpopular choice because of the nature of the procedure itself. However, it is one of the earliest, known methods of surgical hair treatment in Toronto and other parts of the world. This method is almost akin to the process of scalping in the sense that it involves completely removing the areas of the scalp that cannot grow hair on their own and then discarding them completely. Then, the remaining skin on the scalp is stretched over the areas with the missing skin.
Non-Surgical Hair Treatment
For patients who do not qualify for any of the available surgical hair transplant procedures, there are non-surgical hair replacement treatments on the market as well.
Common Types of Non-Surgical Hair Treatments
Whether you prefer a topical or medicinal solution in lieu of any of the above mentioned surgical hair treatments, there are few different options to consider.
If properly and professionally applied, hair extensions can be an excellent topical alternative to surgical hair transplant treatments because there are numerous ways they can be applied. You can buy temporary and affordable clip-on extensions that you can apply yourself. Or, you can have a professional hair stylist fuse the extensions into your existing hair. This treatment requires maintenance about once every four months. Micro-link extensions are another excellent and discrete option. The extensions are attached using small beads and there is no bonding adhesive or harsh chemicals required. Another excellent but temporary option is to have the extensions sewn into the roots of your existing hair. Lastly, you can have a skin weft; this option lasts about six to eight weeks, and even though the extensions can be reused as often as you want, you will need to replace the tape frequently.
Rogaine is one of two FDA-approved drugs that are used for slowing down balding or promoting hair growth. The other is Propecia. Rogaine is available without a prescription and is applied by foam.
Propecia, on the other hand, must be prescribed by a doctor. It has been found to be significantly more effective than Rogaine in terms of facilitating actual re-growth, with as much as 66% of men experiencing re-growth after 12 to 18 months.
TheCanadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists has been helping people just like you restore their thinning or balding hair and regain the confidence to be bold again in their everyday interactions for over 25 years. Through our grafting procedures, we’ve removed the insecurity men and women feel and replaced that with a sense of comfort that comes with having a full head of beautiful hair. Contact us today for more information!