Understand misleading and inappropriate messaging that should be considered red flags when selecting a hair restoration surgeon.
Hair Loss Cures and Treatments
People experiencing hair loss often seek hair loss cures. Because there are many causes of baldness, cures will vary from patient to patient. However, the most common forms of hair loss treatment are hair transplantation surgery and medications, including Minoxidil (commonly known as Rogaine), which is available over the counter and applied topically, and Finasteride, taken orally and only available with a prescription.
Another cure for baldness that has found limited success is laser therapy. This is not a balding cure that works for everyone, but some people have found success using this treatment in medical offices or at home (with laser combs).
Finally, some people take treatment into their own hands, by optimizing their nutrition, which can affect hair loss and leave patients feeling healthier overall. Some individuals will seek miracle cures for hair loss, but these are rarely effective and often lead to disappointment.
The FUE Advancement Committee (FUEAC) of the ISHRS is promoting research to help define the “best practices” in the area of Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and is seeking patient volunteers.
In the old days (think 1980s), there was no mistaking who had a hair transplant. The telltale corn row, doll hair, pluggy-looking hair transplants of yesteryear were -- believe it or not -- once considered state-of-the-art. But that was well before the evolution of hair transplantation. Over the last 20 years, hair restoration techniques have evolved considerably. These techniques have become so refined and results so natural-looking that most people cannot tell if someone has even had a hair transplant.
With the rise of the internet and globalization, the world is literally at our fingertips. Not only can we easily cross borders for leisure travel and tourism, it is possible to visit nearly any country to conduct business or to purchase goods and services.
You notice that you are beginning to lose hair and you want to halt or reverse hair loss if you can. One of your options is a medical approach to hair restoration—using one of the hair restoration medications that are offered with a claim to stop loss of hair and stimulate hair regrowth. But which one?
Years ago, experts started advocating a new way of performing hair transplant surgeries. Instead of the traditional strip harvesting– meaning that doctors would take strips of hair-bearing tissue from part of the head and place them elsewhere, the experts started advocating FUE hair transplants.
Some patients are turning to Low-Level Laser Therapy Devices as a non-surgical hair restoration treatment for pattern hair loss.
Laser light generated by low-powered cold lasers has recently come into use as a non-surgical hair restoration treatment for pattern hair loss.
Improvements in instrument technology and technique have now made follicular unit extraction (FUE) a procedure competitive with strip harvesting for obtaining donor hair for transplantation.
Follicular unit extraction is one of the techniques for obtaining donor hair for hair transplantation.