Brief Hair Restoration Outlook

Reversing hair loss and restoring lost hair is to many of us a distant dream. However, there are existing options for replacing lost hair and some of them may seem surprisingly effective even to the most sceptical hair loss sufferer. The three principal methods of hair restoration include surgical hair restoration, non-surgical hair replacement and therapies for regrowing hair using pills and topicals. The main technique of surgical hair restoration today is hair transplantation, whereas wigs, hairpieces, hair thickeners and hair loss concealers are the most popular aids used to replace the lost hair by non-surgical means. The non-surgical cover-up is obviously the quickest and the least expensive method of replacing lost hair, though not tremendously popular, as many people believe that wigs and concealers cannot withstand rain and wind and do not look natural. In spite of this common belief, some of them are extremely resistant to external influences and can appear very authentic. Wigs and concealers are usually the only option of restoring lost hair for people suffering from non-hereditary forms of hair loss such as unpredictable alopecia areata.

Surgical hair restoration happens to be the most expensive method of restoring lost hair but it is also the most elegant and lasting solution. It can only be used in people suffering from hereditary baldness and burn patients. Candidates should have sufficient hair density at the back of their scalp and many women suffering from female form of hair loss with its typical diffuse balding pattern do not meet this condition. Hair restoration surgery has made great advances in the past twenty years with the introduction of the two main techniques used today - follicular unit transplantation and, more recently, follicular unit extraction. These improvements in hair transplantation techniques enable the grouping of hairs very close together, which gives modern hair transplants a completely natural look. The main weakness of hair transplant surgery, besides the high cost and the pain involved, is the limited supply of donor hair and the need for multiple surgeries to achieve the final change. Furthermore, patients have to commit themselves to the use of finasteride or any other adequate medicinal hair loss therapy for the rest of their lives to prevent further loss of hair in areas adjacent to their hair transplant.

Pills and topicals do not, despite great scientific advances and the discoveries of recent years, provide adequate hair restoration results yet. The two most frequently prescribed hair loss drugs, finasteride and topical minoxidil, can be effectively used to manage hair loss but their ability to regrow lost hair is relatively weak. Their effectiveness typically declines sharply in the later stages of the balding process. There is no existing medicinal or natural hair loss cure that can deliver adequate visual results comparable to either hair transplant surgery or non-surgical hair replacements such as hair systems and hair loss concealers. Although there are some promising medicinal hair loss drugs currently under development, especially in the area of genetic research, the ultimate pill for baldness is not expected to emerge within the next fifteen years. Other advances in hair science, such as hair multiplication, often called hair cloning or the generation of new hair follicles in wounds, also hold out some promise but it appears that hair transplant surgery will in the next ten to fifteen years remain the most satisfactory method of hair restoration.

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