Addressing Hair Loss: What is the right option?

When it comes to hair loss, there are multiple options ranging from over-the-counter medication to more invasive options such as hair transplant surgery. With all of the available types of intervention, you will need to assess what stage of hair loss you are in. This will help you to determine what your next steps will be to treat hair thinning or loss.

Hair loss affects two-thirds of American men aged 35 and younger. Women also suffer from female pattern baldness, but it is not as common as male pattern baldness. Hair loss can be extremely emotional for both men and women but there are so many hair restoration options today that we are able to handle hair loss when it begins.

Nutrafol Vitamins

Nutrafol is a daily vitamin that can be taken in the early stages of hair loss. There are different vitamins available for both men and women. Nutrafol contains a mix of botanicals that work together to help reduce stress levels, inflammation, neutralize free radical and rebalance hormones. All of which then increase hair growth and help hair become thicker. Nutrafol is a one-of-a-kind supplement, which most of the ingredients you would have to purchase separately to find a similar combination.

Minoxidil (Rogaine)

Minoxidil is an over-the-counter topical medication that is FDA-approved to treat hair loss in both men and women. With consistent use, individuals who use minoxidil see that hair loss is prevented and even notice regrowth. Minoxidil can provide great benefits, but it is a product that needs continued use.

Propecia (Finasteride)

Finasteride is a prescription medication that was FDA-approved in 1997 to treat androgenic alopecia (hair loss) in men. Individuals who start taking finasteride can see noticeable hair growth after the first three to four months. The full effect of the medication can be seen after nine months. Finasteride is typically prescribed to hair transplant patients because it helps them maintain the hair that they have, and it helps to activate dormant hair follicles. The results from a hair transplant can really be magnified when either oral or topical finasteride is used before and after the procedure. Finasteride offers individuals long lasting results as long as the medication is continued.

Hair Transplant Surgery

Hair transplant surgery involves using the patient’s own hair to restore thick, healthy hair to balding and thinning areas as well as recreating hairlines with natural, long-lasting results. When performed by a certified hair transplant specialist, hair transplant surgery can be performed on both men and women who are appropriate candidates.

Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT or strip method), this method of hair transplant surgery is a time-tested technique for permanent hair restoration. FUT involves excising a strip of hair from the back of the scalp, this area is most resistant to balding. The hair follicles are then harvested and implanted to the thinning or bald areas of the head.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), requires follicular units to be extracted and transplanted to thinning and bald areas of the head. The grafts are obtained differently than the strip method, instead the follicular units are extracted one by one without the need to excise a strip of hair from the back of the scalp. This can be done with a manual device or with a machine like Neograft.

Our hair specialists at UFP Hair Restoration are double-board certified facial plastic surgeons and hair restoration experts who are able to treat mild to severe hair loss with multiple hair restoration options.

To learn more about hair restoration in Layton, Draper, and South Jordan areas, please visit contact our office at (801)776-2220.

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