Millions of men of all ages long to return to the days when they had plenty of hair. From implants to toupees to various chemical applications, we are eager to embrace topical medicines and surgical procedures that promise to restore our hair to its youthful vitality. Following are descriptions of hair restoration options that have been successful to varying degrees:
FUE Hair Transplantation
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplantation is one of the two methods of hair restoration that clinicians use to harvest hair follicles. The other method is known as strip harvesting. In FUE procedures, the patient’s individual hair follicles are transplanted – usually one hair at a time. Because the follicles are fragile, the success of FUE depends largely on the skill of the surgeon. If the follicles are not transplanted while fully intact, it is unlikely the procedure will be successful. FUE can cause scarring at the site where the donor follicles were extracted.
Strip Method Hair Transplantation
The most common follicular hair transplant technique, the strip method utilizes hair and follicles that are harvested from strips of skin that the surgeon removes from the back of the patient’s scalp. Although strip harvesting causes scarring in the donor area, the patient can usually cover the scars with his own hair. A couple of weeks after the surgery, the stitches or staples must be removed by a medical provider.
Robotic Hair Restoration
Also known as the ARTAS system, robotic hair transplantation restoration is used to treat male pattern baldness (alopecia). The ARTAS system provides surgeons with a precise and quicker method to harvest follicular units in the FUE technique. This robotic hair transplantation procedure was developed in 2002. It received the approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011. ARTAS can only be used to transplant straight dark hair; lighter-colored hair cannot be successfully grafted.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP can be used to restore hair using a small sample of your own blood. Growth factors present in a platelet-rich component in your plasma can naturally stimulate your hair growth. PRP has been successfully administered to patients who have male pattern baldness. Because the blood comes directly from the patient, there is little risk of side effects.
Hair Restoration Medicines
The FDA has approved two medications to restore hair for pattern baldness — Rogaine* (Minoxidil) and Propecia* (Finasteride). Rogaine is sold over-the-counter; Propecia is available by prescription only. Patients must continually use these medications for long-term hair restoration. Both medications carry the risk of side effects.
*Rogaine and Propecia are brand names.
Get Help for Your Hair Loss
Because hair loss can be caused by a number of factors ranging from androgenic alopecia to disease or even medical treatment / prescription side-effects, we recommend that you visit us at Virility, Inc., for a assessment and solution to your hair loss. Virility, Inc. has skilled physicians with experience in hair restoration. Your hair restoration physician will rule out underlying medical causes of your hair loss, and make the appropriate treatment recommendations. Call (800) 503-4033 for more information. You may also click below to learn more.