If you are concerned about hair loss but are looking for alternatives to hair transplant surgery, you’ll be pleased to know that there are many nonsurgical hair restoration solutions available today. Your hair-restoration doctor may recommend a variety of non-surgical options ranging from medications to laser treatments to scalp injections. There are even cosmetic cover-ups – which do not require a prescription but are temporary, ending as soon as you wash your hair.
The treatments that are recommended for you will depend on the extent of your hair loss, the reason for your hair loss, and your desired restoration results. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular nonsurgical alternatives and how they work:
PRP Injection Therapy for Treating Hair Loss
One of the most effective nonsurgical treatments for hair loss is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. PRP is a concentration of platelets and plasma that is derived from a sample of your own blood. This treatment is a rich source of specialized proteins, including growth factors and cytokines, that promote both hair growth and healing.
The treatment is a simple in-office procedure in which the doctor obtains a small sample of your blood, and the sample is spun in a special centrifuge to separate the platelets from the other blood components. The concentrated PRP solution is then administered in a series of injections directly into the targeted areas of your scalp. This treatment only takes about 10 minutes, and there is no downtime post-treatment – so you can resume your regular activities immediately following the procedure.
Minoxidil (Rogaine) and Finasteride (Propecia)
These FDA-approved medications may slow down hair loss in male pattern hair loss or even stimulate new hair growth. They can be used separately or in combination, as recommended by your doctor. Note: Women should not use Propecia due to adverse effects.
When applied daily to the scalp, Rogaine prolongs the hair growth cycle. Its primary goal is to prevent additional hair loss, and it may take up to six months before you notice measurable improvements.
Propecia acts to block the formation of the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – a key factor in the development of male-pattern hair loss – by up to 60%, thereby making it the most effective prescription hair loss treatment for men. Clinical studies have shown that up to 66% of men demonstrate some hair regrowth after 12-18 months using Propecia.
There are many nonprescription products that camouflage thinning hair and offer a short-term solution to improve your appearance. Applied to the scalp or the hair, these products are available in a variety of colors to match your natural hair color and to provide the appearance of hair fullness.
As its name implies, this FDA-approved laser technology is a light, flexible cap. When it is applied to the scalp, the laser treatment causes the hair strands to grow in thicker, thereby extending the life cycle of the hair before it sheds.
In LaserCap treatment, red laser light is absorbed by specialized cells deep within your hair follicles, providing energy to enhance cellular restoration and hair growth. The result is an overall reduction in the appearance of hair thinning and a noticeable improvement in the quality of hair growth.
Nonsurgical Hair Loss Treatments in Seattle, Spokane, and Tacoma, WA
There are many ways to deal with hair loss other than undergoing hair transplant surgery. The most important thing is to select the treatment that is right for your unique situation – and that starts with a free consultation with Dr. Robert Niedbalski, a leading authority on every viable hair restoration solution right here in Washington State.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Niedbalski at our offices in Tacoma, Seattle, or Spokane, call Northwest Hair Restoration today at (253) 572-2949 or fill out our appointment request form online now. We look forward to being your medical partner in successfully restoring your hair!