As we age, the hair starts thinning out, eventually causing bald spots. Although hair loss affects men and women alike, the former is more vulnerable to this condition. In fact, virtually all men suffer from male pattern baldness. Hair loss in males starts as soon as puberty strikes. Although there are remedies that promise to restore a full head of hair, results are not as consistent as permanent hair loss treatments. These treatments are invasive and cost more than your average hair re-grow creams. Below are 5 of the best hair loss treatments that offer permanent results:
1. Hair Restoration Procedure
This procedure stimulates re-growth on the scalp. A local anesthesia is administered and the hair follicles at the back of the scalp are removed using a motorized extracting machine. Then, a specialized packing tool will set the hair follicles on the crown of the head. It will take about three months for the transplanted hair follicles to re-grow, but the results are permanent. Eight months after the treatment, hair fullness is restored.
2. Hair Re-Grow Drugs
Certain medications can be taken to address alopecia. These medications require a prescription and the dose will be adjusted according to the patient’s sensitivity. Some of the most common hair-regrowth drugs are Rogaine and Propecia. Rogaine is applied directly on the scalp while Propecia comes in a pill form that needs to be taken every day. These FDA-approved drugs can be used to treat a variety of pattern baldness.
3. Scalp Reduction Surgery
This surgical procedure removes the balding parts of the scalp while stretching the hairy scalp to cover the balding areas. A local anesthesia is administered to numb the affected area. The surgeon will remove several centimeters of the balding scalp and reposition the remaining skin together.
Of all permanent hair loss treatments, scalp reduction surgery is the most expensive. This treatment doesn’t just address hair loss but also balding caused by trauma, burns, and other injuries. The only drawback of scalp reduction surgery is scarring.
4. Hair Transplant or Micro-Grafting
This procedure transplant hair follicles, about several clusters per graft, to balding areas of the scalp. The surgeon will get long, thin strips of donor tissue to preserve the grafted hair follicles. Eventually, the grafted hair follicles are transplanted on the scalp. This procedure requires local anesthesia and sedation after the treatment to ease the pain.
The result is natural looking but this will depend on the expertise of the surgeon. Additional procedures may be done to gradually increase the hair density according to the patient’s preference. The benefit of this procedure is the hairline looks convincing or more natural.
5. Slit Grafting
This permanent hair loss solution is done by transplanting hair follicles directly on the scalp using grafts that are larger in number than that of hair grafting. Usually, each graft contains about 30 to 40 hairs. This treatment is suitable for those who suffer from an extreme case of hair loss. Slit grafting requires local anesthesia and sedatives after treatment to ease the pain. Pain relievers may be taken during the recovery period too.