What Treatments Are Available for Hair Restoration?

There are many treatments available today for hair restoration and here at Utah Hair MD, we pride ourselves on offering multiple cutting edge options for our patients suffering from hair loss.

What Treatments Are Available for Hair Restoration?

Here at Utah Hair MD, we have everything from prescription medications that reduce the rate of hair loss, or even in some cases, help the hair to come back, to surgical techniques. The main stay of pharmacologics are finasteride, commonly known as Propecia, and minoxidil, or Rogaine. Both of those medications have a huge body of research in their favor showing they help to prevent hair loss and can even help people to grow more hair.

There are two basic methods that are used. The strip method, where we take a strip of hair an cut it into individual hair follicles and transplant them. Or the FUE method, or follicular unit extraction, where an area of the back of the head is shaved and individual follicles are removed one at a time and then transplanted to the front.

How Popular Are Hair Restoration Procedures?

Hair restoration procedures are becoming increasingly popular. Partly because of increased visibility or publicity of hair transplant techniques. Also there’s been a huge amount of technology that has kind of revolutionized this field.

Why Is There Less Stigma Attached with Hair Transplant Surgery?

I think hair transplant surgery is just like any other cosmetic procedures. Botox and fillers used to have a stigma against them, facelifts used to have a stigma against them. But there’s just a lot more education out there. There’s more resources online about hair transplant surgery. There are natural techniques and natural results so that reduces a lot of stigma. When someone can get a procedure done that doesn’t look like they had a procedure done, then it’s very attractive to potential patients.

Hair Restoration Treatments: Surgical and Non-Surgical Options Explained

At Utah Hair Restoration, we offer a range of effective treatments for hair restoration. Our options include FUT hair transplants, non-surgical treatments such as PRP therapy and laser therapy, and medications like finasteride and minoxidil. Each treatment is tailored to the individual needs of our patients to help them regain fuller, thicker hair. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced hair restoration specialists.

What Treatments Are Available For Hair Restoration?


Overview of Hair Restoration Treatments

Hair loss can be a frustrating experience for many individuals, particularly when it affects their self-esteem. Fortunately, there are several hair restoration treatments options available to help reduce the effects of hair loss and restore your self-confidence. These treatments vary depending on personal preference, severity of symptoms, and budget. Some solutions require surgical intervention; non-surgical options are also available for those willing or unable to undergo surgery.

Before diving deeper into each option, it is crucial to understand the underlying cause of hair thinning or balding. Female-pattern hair loss usually starts at the crown and gradually thins throughout the scalp. Male-pattern baldness typically begins with a receding hairline that progresses into patches of baldness on top of the head. Hair loss may also result from stress, hormonal changes, genetics, or medical conditions.

For instance, hair thinning due to extreme stress could eventually recover by itself after a couple of months once stress levels decrease.

Non-Surgical Surgical
Topical medications (e.g., minoxidil) Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
Nutritional supplements Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) Scalp Reduction Surgery
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) Robotic Hair Restoration

Think about these treatments as various tools in a toolbox: Your physician will consider what tool works best for your hair type and condition.

Surgical versus Non-Surgical Hair Restoration Options

The primary difference between non-surgical and surgical options boils down to method and invasiveness.

Non-surgical solutions are minimally invasive, do not require anesthesia and have minimal downtime. Examples include:

Topical medications: such as minoxidil, which can slow down hair loss or promote hair growth in some individuals.

Nutritional supplements: may be recommended by doctors to help address underlying nutritional deficiencies that could cause hair loss.

Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT): is a procedure that uses light energy to promote blood flow to the scalp and enhance circulation around the hair follicles.

Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) – a medical treatment in which patient’s own blood is drawn and then spun in a centrifuge to increase the concentration of growth factors. It is then injected into the scalp to increase the growth rate of existing hair and initiate new strands.

These procedures are best suited for those with initial hair loss or thinning as they lack completely bald spots.

However, some individuals prefer surgical solutions, particularly when dealing with baldness caused by genetic predisposition or severe alopecia. Surgical techniques include Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), Scalp Reduction Surgery, and Robotic Hair Restoration, amongst others. Surgical solutions provide long-term efficacy and permanent regrowth results but are accompanied by an expensive price tag, longer recovery time frames, and risk of scarring.

Ultimately, selecting the right hair restoration treatment depends on several factors like personal preferences, financial ability, degree of baldness or thinning, and medical history. A professional medical evaluation will also be essential in recommending the most suitable choice for you.

Influence on Self-Esteem and Appearance

Experiencing hair loss can drastically impact one’s self-esteem and appearance. Both men and women attach significant value to their hair, and it is often viewed as a vital component of physical attractiveness. Therefore, experiencing hair loss can have an immense psychological toll, leading to feelings of anxiety and depression. Hair loss also makes some people avoid social situations or other public encounters, leading to mental health issues in the long run.

However, with advances in technology and surgical techniques, there are several options that can potentially restore natural-looking hair. These treatments improve self-esteem and self-confidence and help those experiencing hair loss feel better about themselves. For example, FUT (follicular unit transplantation) hair transplant has been helping individuals struggling with hair loss for many years, resulting in excellent results in terms of appearance.

Exploring Medications and Therapies

While surgical treatments like FUE (follicular unit extraction) can yield incredible results, not everyone is willing to undergo surgery right away. In fact, many turn to non-surgical therapy options first before resorting to surgery as a last resort.

One non-surgical treatment option includes medications such as finasteride and minoxidil that stop hair from falling out while improving regrowth rates. Finasteride works by inhibiting dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone responsible for hair loss, while minoxidil works by revitalizing hair follicles by widening blood vessels and increasing the supply of nutrients to these cells.

Another non-surgical hair restoration therapy available at Utah Facial Plastics is PRP (platelet-rich plasma), where a patient’s blood is drawn and processed to obtain a concentrated serum that contains platelets and growth factors used to stimulate hair regrowth. This technique shows great promise as other medical specialties utilize it for various purposes like healing bone fractures and sports injuries.

From Vitamins to Exosome Therapy

Hair loss can be a considerable stressor for both men and women, and there are several options to address it. In some cases, non-surgical treatments might be prescribed, providing an alternative that is less invasive than surgical options. Treatments like supplements/vitamins can help stimulate hair growth or slow down hair loss, but they are most effective when used in conjunction with other methods.

Topical minoxidil solution is a commonly used FDA-approved treatment primarily aimed at men but also available for women. It works on the scalp by widening blood vessels and increasing blood flow to hair follicles, promoting hair growth. While this can be very helpful for many, repeat use often results in users experiencing severe skin irritations or infections.

Another option frequently used is Low-level laser therapy (LLLT), which uses lasers or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to stimulate hair regrowth. It works by entering photons into mitochondria cells, stimulating the adenosine triphosphate (ATP) responsible for cell growth and regeneration.

For more advanced stages of hair loss, Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections may be recommended. This process involves drawing your blood, spinning it in a centrifuge to concentrate platelets that enhance hair follicle health; the resultant PRP serum is then injected in targeted areas of the scalp.

However, there’s been a recent development in medical science known as exosome therapy. It utilizes stem cells found in human fat tissues derived from human adipose tissues. These tiny bubbles carry regenerative properties that promote healing by providing important proteins and nutrients that activate regeneration at the cellular level. This therapy involves extracting exosomes from adipose tissue donors, concentrated via ultracentrifugation and injected directly into the scalp of prepped patients.

A patient with advanced balding attributes his renewed confidence to exosome therapy given how his hair stopped thinning and acquires more volume following treatments.

Innovative and Advanced Hair Restoration Treatments

Innovative technology has revolutionized hair restoration in recent years, transforming the sector previously limited to surgical procedures. Several non-surgical hair restoration solutions now work well for patients seeking reliable and effective methods, with increased demand for these patient-friendly options accelerating progress in this field.

Think of it as the shift from snail mail to emails – a significant transition in the way we communicate and connect with people.

The most popular trend in this sphere currently is Scalp Micro-pigmentation (SMP), providing an innovative option that replicates the natural appearance of hair growth on the scalp. In simpler terms, it’s a procedure that replicates your hair follicles using layered tattoos by depositing small dots over the scalp to give the illusion of fuller hair.

Other innovative solutions like robotic technology have been developed to provide permanent results without leaving scars. The ARTAS® Robotic System uses computer-assisted precision to identify and extract healthy spine grafts while minimizing damage caused by human error.

Alternatively, methods like FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) use punches to remove follicle units from donor sites one at a time. Using special tools, individual hair follicles are then implanted into areas experiencing baldness or thinning.

Keep in mind that none of these options represent an easy fix, requiring research and consultation with medical professionals conversant with each solution. Factors like price point, severity of hair loss, efficacy among others must be weighed before making an informed decision concerning which solution will best suit you.

Whatever method you decide upon, consulting experts like those at Utah Facial Plastic can alleviate stress while simultaneously ensuring optimal results.

Highlighting Scalp Micro-pigmentation (SMP)

Scalp micro-pigmentation(SMP) is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment to restore the appearance and look of fuller hair. It involves using specialized ink and advanced tattooing techniques to create the appearance of a shaved head or short hair stubble. SMP is suitable for both men and women who are struggling with varying degrees of hair loss, including those who have undergone hair transplant but still wish to improve the density of their hair.

The process involves creating tiny dots on the scalp that resemble hair follicles. The procedure can be completed within 2-3 sessions, with each session lasting between 2-4 hours. After completing the treatment, patients may experience minor redness or tenderness on their scalp. However, these symptoms are temporary and should subside within a few days.

SMP treatment is also versatile in that it can be tailored to suit individual patient needs. For instance, people with dark skin may require a different ink shade than people with fair skin. A certified provider should assess your scalp’s condition before proceeding with any treatment plan.

Evaluating Hair Restoration Results

Successful hair restoration procedures entirely depend on an individual client’s strengths and limitations. As such, not everyone will end up with the exact same results from identical procedures. Understanding how these factors vary is crucial when looking to evaluate how successful hair restoration has been.

During a consultation, your doctor would advise you on reasonable expectations for your specific case regarding regrowth rates and pattern while taking into account individual factors like medical history or previous treatments used. These factors could impact regrowth success rates rather than the inherent effectiveness of the procedure itself.

For example, older persons might see slower growth rates due to different healing rates or underlying medical conditions. The details of the procedure could also bring varying results. For instance, hair transplant patients are most likely to experience shedding after the procedure before hair growth resumes fully.

The timing for evaluating the success of hair restoration can vary from a few months to around a year post-procedure in most cases. Scalp Micro-pigmentation might offer non-permanent solutions, while surgical options offer a permanent solution that can require maintenance treatments and/or lifestyle changes, like medication.

Evaluating hair restoration is much like planting a garden expecting different growth rates as well as some disappointments along the way – but persistence and consistency will yield successful results.

Gauging Success: Hair Regrowth and Prevention

When patients opt for hair restoration treatments, it’s natural to have specific goals in mind. For many individuals, the goal is to achieve fuller and thicker hair while preventing future hair loss. Therefore, it’s essential to gauge success with both regrowth and prevention.

If a patient starts with an FUE or FUT Hair Transplant procedure, they can expect newly transplanted hairs to take several months to grow back entirely. Once the healing process is complete, the patient will notice significant changes in their hair volume.

However, one crucial aspect of gauging success is continued maintenance after treatment. It’s key to work with the medical team and develop an ongoing follow-up plan that ensures consistent results over time.

Treatment Type Success Rate Maintenance Required
FUE Hair Transplant 90%+ High
FUT Hair Transplant 90%+ High
PRP Injections Varied* Moderate
Laser Therapy Varied* Low

Think of maintaining healthy hair like maintaining a healthy body – it requires attention and care over time.

It’s also worth noting that non-surgical treatments like PRP injections or laser therapy require a different approach when gauging success. Because these treatments target hair follicles directly, it is crucial to track progress by monitoring hair regrowth and thickness over time.

Different factors could affect the success rate of these treatments, including individual genetic makeup, scalp health conditions, age, hormones, and the severity of hair loss. Therefore, expected outcomes should be tailored to each patient based on their unique characteristics.

Although surgical options offer faster and more lasting results than non-surgical treatments, some patients would prefer a non-invasive treatment option primarily because they may experience minimal downtime.

For those interested in non-surgical treatments, Utah Facial Plastics offers a range of options such as PRP Injections and Laser Therapy. With both treatments, the goal is to stimulate hair growth directly by targeting follicle health.

In conclusion, success with any hair restoration treatment should be evaluated based on a combination of regrowth and prevention. It’s crucial to work closely with the medical team to ensure that ongoing follow-up care helps maintain lasting results for years to come.

Additional Resources


If you are someone who is experiencing hair thinning or loss beyond lifestyle behaviors, UFP Hair Restoration offers non-surgical and surgical options for hair restoration.
Contact us to schedule a hair restoration consultation or call 801-776-2220.

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