Hair loss can be a devastating event. How traumatic it is depends upon the person and their own level of confidence, but it can cause problems such as losing self esteem, depression, anxiety, and other emotional issues.
Thinning hair can make a person feel self conscious, and it is especially hard for women who normally don’t go bald. With that said, though, two-thirds of men will start showing signs of hair loss by the age of 35.
It is an ongoing battle for many and no one wants to look older or less attractive because of their lack of hair.
It seems like a cruel joke, because a person can end up with hair everywhere but where they want it. It shows up in places like the ears, nose, back, bikini line, and bushy eyebrows.
So what are today’s options for hair restoration? There is one treatment that comes in the form of a pill:
Men and Hair Loss: What Are the Options?
Looking for a pill to keep from going bald? Finasteride, known more commonly as Propecia, is taken daily in 1 mg doses. Because it works by lowering dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels, it’s assumed it can reduce hair loss for a majority of men. It also often achieves a measure of regrowth.
“I recommend that everyone [with any hair loss] take finasteride,” says Robert M. Bernstein, MD. Bernstein is associate clinical professor of dermatology at Columbia University and founder of the Bernstein Medical Center for Hair Restoration. “To patients who are younger,” he says, “I also recommend minoxidil. But the mainstay is finasteride. The data show that, over five years, it significantly retards hair loss in 85% of users.”
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Even though the above article is titled Men and Hair Loss, it has been found that Finasteride also works for women. However, it can’t be taken if a woman is trying to get pregnant because of the fact it lowers the DHT levels in the body.
There are a number of alternatives for hair loss and restoration options, but researchers have not found a way to guarantee hair growth. The main reason most people lose hair is hereditary and decreased hormone levels, but there are other medical issues behind hair loss:
- Thyroid disease
- Autoimmune issues
- Scalp infections
- Diseases that cause scarring
Topical treatments such as Rogaine or minoxidil have been known to help regrow hair, but with the pill or topical method, once you stop using it the hair growth goes away.
Some people choose to use a hair piece or wig, and these have gotten way better as far as how authentic they look and staying in place. If you are looking for a more permanent option, though, there are surgical options that offer minimal pain and quick recovery time.
One technique for hair loss is having a hair transplant. A popular method today is FUE, follicular unit extraction. This is a minimally invasive technique where hair follicles are removed from a donor area on the head and then individually transplanted to the thinning area.
This video shows the progression of a man’s hair transplant:
Although it does look kind of brutal at the time of surgery, most individuals who have a hair transplant claim little pain and swelling during and afterwards. It is impressive how the natural hair grows back in, but follow up visits are usually needed to completely fill in some areas.
There are possible complications with noticeable scarring and thinning at the donor site as well as nerve damage, but these cases are fairly rare.
How much does a hair transplant cost? It depends on where you have it done. According to healthline.com, the price range varies with location and is something your insurance won’t pay for:
Cost of Hair Transplant
The cost of a hair transplant is highly variable on a number of different factors, and typically ranges anywhere from $4,000 to $15,000. These costs are often all out of pocket. Most insurance companies consider hair transplant a cosmetic procedure.
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Other factors affecting the cost are the type of procedure and how much hair you want transplanted. Also, each surgeon has a different fee and there are travel costs to get to the facility.
If you choose to try the pill or topical method, you will be paying a much smaller monthly amount of around $50 to $75, but it is a cost that will last forever. So depending on how young you are when your hair begins to thin, the cost of a hair transplant might be worth it.