Let’s face it: No matter how much we want to believe the opposite, there is no single “cure” for hair loss. And you can thank your mom’s side of the family for that.
However, there are dozens of ways to treat it. And oftentimes, the best results come from a mixture of treatments – combining topical shampoos, proven medications, and even laser light therapy. Some will have success with just 1 or 2 treatments, but because each treatment functions by a different mechanic, often the more you use, the more success you will have.
In this post, we will dive into the different types of treatments currently available. Whether you’re barely thinning up top or you’re completely bald, by the end of this post you will have a great idea on what you should use to restore your hair.
Hair Transplant Surgery
Hair transplant surgery is considered the “gold standard” for hair restoration, although it comes at a steep price. It involves a doctor surgically removing a strip of hair from the back of your head, dissecting every hair graft under a microscope and then transplanting those grafts into thinning areas of your head. If your hair is so far gone that you don’t have a lot of donor hair on your head to contribute, doctors may pull hair from hair-rich parts of your body, such as your back, stomach, chest or even pubic region. This is a significant amount of doctor labor, which is why hair transplant surgery can often cost upwards of $16,000.
But the $16,000 price tag isn’t even the worst part. The truth is that even with brand new hairs transplanted from elsewhere on your body, your hair follicles will still suffer from the effects of DHT. So even after the transplant, you need some way to inhibit the DHT from causing your hair loss all over again. Thankfully, there’s a solution for that…
Topical DHT-blocking shampoos are often the best choice to stop the hormone that causes ~95% of all hair loss, DHT. Many have had success restoring their hair using JUST a DHT-blocking shampoo, however many combine it with other therapies for a more well-rounded approach.
Be careful, however, when choosing a DHT-blocking shampoo. Many low-quality shampoos have flooded the market (thanks, China). These can cause severe skin reactions and even make hair loss worse! Others brag about the “amount” of DHT blocking ingredients they have. This can be dangerous, as too much of a good thing can make matters worse. A recent study on the effects of caffeine on hair growth found that while a 0.01% concentration effectively counteracts DHT, a 0.05% concentration did nothing and a 0.10% concentration STUNTED the growth of the hair!
And while DHT-blocking shampoos go great with a hair transplant, they also are extremely effective when combined with more cost-effective treatment options. Such as…
Laser Light Therapy Hats
Laser light therapy is the latest and greatest in hair loss treatment and works by using low-power “lasers” to stimulate blood flow in an affected area. You can opt to have the treatment done in an office or you can buy a small, handheld device and perform the process on your own. For maximum results, you’re supposed to undergo treatment for 7 minutes a day, every day while you are restoring your hair. Later, after you get your hair back where you want it, you can reduce the usage and operate on a “maintenance” plan.
Many people love LLT and find it very effective completely on its own. The National Center for Biotechnology Information posted results that suggest “lower-level laser light therapy for hair loss is both a safe and effective treatment for men and women alike.” It is also an FDA-cleared medical device, approved for the safe use of regrowing hair.
Although many find it difficult, it’s certainly possible (and more often than not, probable) to stop hair loss for good and restore your locks to the lush, thick state in which they once were. With the right combination of treatments, you can not only maintain the hair you do have, but you can also regrow it with relative ease.
Of course, scientists never stop working to find solutions to everyday and not-so-everyday ailments. New treatments are in development even as we speak. Shapiro MD is committed to restoring hair, and as such, we are always on the lookout for the latest and greatest methods.
Although we don’t offer hair transplant surgery, many have had success thickening their hair with our patented DHT-blocking shampoo. Our more severely bald patients often have success combining the shampoo with our 5% minoxidil regrowth serum, and we are about to launch our very own Laser Light Therapy cap for those who want to do all they can to restore their hair. As new and advanced therapies become available to the public, we will add them to our product offering as we see fit. We will never offer junk, and we will never offer something that will provide less-than-stellar results. Stay tuned to our blog for updates on the latest advances in hair restoration.