Hair loss is a problem that affects many people as they grow older. In fact, it can even occur in younger individuals. Fortunately, there are a number of hair restoration methods that can be used to slow the loss of hair, reverse hair loss, and even replace hairs that have fallen out with new and healthy ones.
Topical and Prescription Medications
There are a number of products available today which can help prevent hair loss and restore hairs that has previously been lost. Minoxidal is one topical product that has been proven to work well for many individuals. It is one of the least expensive methods that can be used, and is safe and effective. Minoxidal can slow the loss of hair and even restore its growth in many cases. Of course, effectiveness varies among individuals, and it is not a perfect solution for everyone. Finasteride is prescription medication that has been used very successfully in many cases. Sold under the name Propecia, this drug can often help. There are also many other solutions that are currently under development or testing which might hold future promise for those who suffer from balding.
Laser treatments are another option for dealing with hair loss. Laser hair restoration methods work on the principle that by using the pure red light of a laser, the scalp and hair follicles can be stimulated, thus preventing the future loss of hair and even restoring growth from hair follicles which have ceased hair production. When the scalp is stimulated, hair follicles receive more nutrients due to an improved blood supply. This method is generally most effective if a person has recently lost their hair, and is not as effective if the hairs were lost more than five years previously. Results are mixed with laser hair restoration, but for those that find it effective, it can restore growth without the danger of possible side effects that come with topical and prescription drug solutions. However, many times the best results are achieved when laser therapy is combined with another form of therapy, such as using Minoxidal or Propecia. This method of restoration tends to be more expensive than some others, primarily due to the fact that many sessions are needed in order to produce results.
Transplants or "hair plug" surgery is one of the most effective ways of dealing with male pattern baldness. Hair is taken from an area of the scalp, such as the back and sides, where it is not prone to this type of baldness. The hair and surrounding follicle support system is transplanted to the balding area, where the hairs can then continue to grow just as it would normally. This method has been greatly improved over the years, and is now effective and relatively painless, making it a common method for dealing with hair loss.
The state of the art of hair pieces has improved over the years to the point where they are now a natural-looking and viable option when other forms of restoration do not work. They can be used to supplement thinning hair, or replace it altogether. New methods of attaching the hair to the base result in a very realistic appearance.