Are you suffering from hair loss? Is a full, thick head of hair all that you’ve wished for? Do you feel that hair transplant is too dangerous and expensive? Well, you’re probably right. Hair transplant or a surgical hair replacement is not the safest solutions to baldness. Nor is it 100% lifetime lasting method to cover up for hair loss.The main difference between surgical and non-surgical hair transplant is that non-surgical methods mainly aim at solving the issue from its roots, whereas surgical methods aim at covering up the issue. As a matter of fact, you are likely to face hair loss problems again, after 10-15 years of surgical treatments.
All types of non-surgical hair loss treatments are based on individual preferences and suitability. Now, let’s take a look at some of the most common.
The commonly used treatments available everywhere are minoxidil and finasteride. These two are the only FDA-approved hair loss medications that currently prevail on the market.
Minoxidil was first introduced as a treatment for ulcers in the 1950s. It further developed as a medication as a treatment of enlarged prostate.
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However, an unlikely side effect of it was that it treated hair loss. Thus, it released under the brand name of Rogaine. It mainly is dilated in the blood vessels.
Hair loss is caused by DHT, in male-pattern baldness. As the hormone gets attached to hair follicles, it triggers a sudden response that leads to hair miniaturization. This makes it difficult for the blood vessels to deliver blood to the follicles, in turn resulting in the follicle death.
However, when blood vessels dilate, they can deliver oxygen and nutrients to the follicle which keep them alive. Thus, this is how Rogaine works- it does not stop loss of hair but enables the follicles to survive.
This was introduced to treat androgenetic alopecia. It is known as finasteride, which the brand name Propecia approves.
Unlike minoxidil, this one targets the issue – DHT.
While DHT is responsible for hair loss, it, however, is an important hormone playing a major role in the body for mainly the sexual organs. If the DHT faces blockage (which Finasteride does) it will have unpleasant sexual side effects.
Users may experience a decrease in sex drive, face an inability to have and/or maintain an erection, and low-volume emissions. Moreover, these side effects sometimes show after the use of Finasteride ceases.
2. Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
This is a newer treatment option which has come up in the market for hair loss sufferers and proves to be effective for both men and women. It works in the following ways:
- Stimulates anagen phase re-entry in telogen phase hair
- Prolongs the duration of anagen phase
- Increases hair growth rates in anagen phase follicles
- And then prevents premature catagen phase development
This method is one of the most popular non-surgical hair replacement treatments. It is a therapy which has been in practice for a lot of years in treating scars and wrinkles.
Recently, micro-needling is advancing as a treatment to the scalp for hair regrowth and has shown positive effects for hair loss sufferers. Micro-needling is a therapy that involves intentional infliction of micro-sized wounds. However, the primary treatment is what happens during the repair cycle. This makes ita popular dermatological treatment.
When the scalp faces damage or infliction, it undergoes a cycle which is:
- Maturation (Remodeling)
Majorly, the inflammation which happens during recovery triggers a production of new cells. These new cells contain healthy hair follicles which enable the growth of healthy, strong hair.
This technique has shown drastic positive results for users.
4. The Owakai Hair Replacement
The Owakai hair replacement is the best non-surgical method for hair replacement. This toupee is non-surgical which makes way for zero side effects and pain and suffering. It is a biological scalp which is only 0.01mm thick.
You can definitely go with what appeals to you the most from the above options- what matters is how satisfied and confident you are with your hair!