What’s the Cause of Hair Loss?
The most common cause of hair loss for both men and women is heredity, but this condition is generally due to a combination of genetics, hormone levels, and the aging process.
However, it is suggested that heredity does account for 95% of all cases, with nearly two out of every three men showing signs of balding by the time they’re 60. Women also start noticing hair loss by the same age, but the pattern of loss is different, as described below:
In men, hair loss typically begins at the temples and crown and proceeds in an M-shaped pattern. In the most advanced stage, only a rim of hair along the side and back of the scalp remains.
In women, hair loss tends to be more widespread but better hidden. The top of the head down the middle is most commonly affected, often in a “Christmas tree” pattern. In contrast to men, the hairline along the forehead and temples usually remains normal in women. Complete loss of hair in any one place on the scalp is unusual and may suggest that a different problem is the cause, such as alopecia areata (an immune system disorder that causes bald patches), a fungus infection or one of a number of other skin conditions.
See the full post here: Heredity-Patterned Baldness
What Are Your Alternatives?
There are a number of treatment options for hair replacement. Two drugs that have been approved by the FDA for treatment of pattern baldness: Rogaine (topical minoxidil) and Propecia (finasteride). While these are effective choices, once discontinued the hair regrowth usually stops.
There are also hair replacement procedures that can work. Various options include micro-grafting, slit grafting, and punch grafting. Transplanting hair works best for men with male pattern baldness by removing hair follicles from the back of the head where they are more resistant to DHT, the hormone known to cause the problem, and placing them on the scalp.
Another option that is much less invasive is PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy. In this video, you will see more on the potential of PRP therapy for hair replacement:
Even though PRP therapy for hair loss can be effective, the results are not impressive as some people would like. Used in conjunction with a hair transplant, it can help speed up the recovery time, as PRP treatments have also been used to promote healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints as well as for facial rejuvenation and wrinkle reduction.
A candidate for any type of treatment is limited to their current hair loss progression, so many times hair regeneration is attempted before a transplant, which helps the success rate of the procedure.
Cost of Hair Replacement Treatments
If you are a candidate for hair replacement therapy, the cost of the treatments is the next concern. This post gives more info on this topic:
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.
The cost of hair transplants is dependent on many different factors. These include:
Where you live: The relative cost of living in the area and the number of nearby surgeons offering the procedure can affect what a surgeon charges.
The type of procedure you choose: There are two different types of hair transplants: slit grafts and micrografts. Each has a different cost.
The skill of your surgeon: This is a common correlation: If your surgeon is considered to be one of the best, they may charge more. At the same time, higher rates don’t always mean superior skill, so do your research carefully.
How much hair you want transplanted: Wanting a few patches added will cost significantly less than wanting to increase hair across the entire scalp.
See more here: How Much Does A Hair Transplant Cost?
You also have to factor in travel costs because there may not be a hair replacement facility near you. Also, follow up visits are always part of the process, so it’s not just a single trip.
Finding a cosmetic surgeon that you can trust is essential. You can ask for referrals from friends and family as well as check online for reviews of the best San Jose cosmetic surgeon.