Non surgical hair replacement and what you need to know about it

It is almost staggering when you think about how rapidly the hair replacement industry has evolved in just the past 2 or 3 decades.  New innovations and technologies for the replacement of lost or thinning hair pop up every day and some of them are not always surgical in nature.  Not only that, but the percentage of successful results keep increasing all the time as well, whether it is a surgical hair replacement procedure or a non-surgical one.

For instance, one of the only recognized prescription medication that has been shown to be effective and is FDA approved is Propecia, the trade name for Finasteride.  So too is the case for the topical foam or ointment known as Rogaine, the brand name for Minoxidil.  When you start discussing non-surgical hair replacement, most people’s thoughts turn to hair “systems” such as hairpieces, toupees, and wigs.  This is no longer correct thinking since the advent of the two medications mentioned above occurred.

The advantage of these is that since they are non-surgical hair replacement methods, you will not be exposed to some of the potential side effects of the surgical procedures.  These side effects are not life-threatening. There is only the potential for the following temporary inconveniences and are not causes for alarm:

  • damage to the donor and existing hair
  • needing multiple treatments
  • potential for infection
  • potential for temporary scabbing

Another factor to consider is that you may not be losing your hair as much or as rapidly as you think you are.  If your family physician does not see a valid reason to refer you to a hair replacement surgeon, they won’t.  It’s just that simple.  There is a great likelihood that they will prescribe either Propecia or Rogaine in prescription strength, the percentage of which is 5% strength compared to the 2% strength of the OTC version.

The only downside to these is the fact that these products don’t always provide the results they advertise.  Either that or they take quite a while to start showing noticeable results.  Surgical hair replacement procedures may have to be performed more than once which will expand the time frame where noticeable results are concerned.  But chances are, this is still going to be a shorter period of time than the potential results you notice from Propecia or Rogaine.

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