Nonsurgical hair loss treatments/ medical hair restoration
So far there are only two medications that are FDA approved for hair loss: Minoxidil ( Rogaine), and Finasteride (Propecia).
Minoxidil can be used for both male and female hair loss, although at different concentrations. It is mostly meant to slow, stop, and occasionally, reverse the hair loss. The effect of Minoxidil is not permanent, and lasts only as long as you continue using it: The moment you stop using it, the hair loss gradually goes back to the original state, meaning that the hair which was destined to fall, now falls out.
Finasteride has recently gotten some negative publicity, mainly by anecdotal reports and not widely accepted medical research. To-date, there is no scientific evidence that Finasteride causes long term sexual side effects. The consensus by the ISHRS ( International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery) confirms this opinion.
Just as with minoxidil, its effect lasts as long as you take it, but it has more potential to actually grow hair. It is a pill, and only available by prescription, and it has only been cleared by the FDA to be used in men.
A third option would be low level laser light therapy ( LLLT). A few devices are available on the market. The most widely known and accepted of which, is hand held lasers made by “Hair Max”. These are as good as minoxidil in some studies and help with thickening and in fact, some hair regrowth. Again the effects lasts as long as you continue the treatment.
The most recent addition to this line up is PRP, with or without ACell. PRP is the part of your blood that contains platelets, which in turn release growth factors into tissues when injected. Under specific protocols, your blood is drawn, spun in a centrifuge, and the platelets extracted, and re-injected into the area of hair restoration. It has been shown to reduce or reverse hair loss in select hair loss patients as well as significantly improve results of hair transplant surgeries when used at the time of the procedure. A further refinement of this technique is addition of the Extra-Cellular Matrix ( ECM or ACell) in a powder form, mixed with PRP and injected. It has shown great promise in improving the results of surgical hair restoration as well as non-surgical hair treatments, and has greatly diminished the need for repeated PRP injections to stimulate hair growth. A great deal of research is currently focused on regenerative medicine to create new hairs and provide newer non surgical treatments for hair loss.
We routinely recommend hair loss supplements to help with medical and surgical hair restoration, as well as an occasional medicated shampoo to help with control of the hair loss.
In females, the choices are lasers, minoxidil, and hair loss supplements.
If your medical treatment is not effective to give you the looks you want, then we can help with hair transplant surgery.
We look forward to serving your needs with the best hair transplant clinic in Portland/ Vancouver area.