Hair replacement is a general term for regrowing hair or transplanting hair from one location to another. There are several modalities used to replace missing hair from the head or body and the best hair restoration technique will be greatly dependent on the patient’s exact needs, budget and expectations. It is always advised that patients with thinning hair, who are suffering from the typical psychoemotional anguish associated with baldness, seek care from a specialist, allowing them to find comfort in their own skin and regain their self esteem, as well as a positive body image.
Definition of Hair Replacement
Replacement denotes that missing hairs will be restored, but this is not always the case. There are 2 main approaches to care when it comes to baldness treatment:
Preventing additional loss and working on actually regrowing hair which has been lost is the first approach to care. These non-surgical methods focus on the hair follicles themselves and try to intervene in whatever process is causing the hair to be lost.
Move hair from unaffected locations to thinning or balding locations is the second approach to care. This method of harvesting hair follicles is surgical and provides the most predictable results of all thinning hair treatments.
Methods of Replacing Hair
Here are many of the usual approaches to treating baldness and thinning hair in men and women alike:
Pharmaceutical therapy is common, using mostly topical agents, like Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia (finasteride).
Hormone therapy can help men and women with certain types of hair loss, but there may be substantial side effects.
Laser treatments are being developed to help reduce baldness and possibly regrow lost hair in some patients.
Hair transplants are effective surgical interventions which can move hair to thinning or balding regions immediately.
Herbal treatments may provide conservative positive effects for some patients.
Developing technologies, such as hair cloning, may soon be available and may solve baldness in many patients, without surgery.
Learn all about the specialty sector of female hair replacement.
Scalp micropigmentation does not actually replace hair, but does provide a convincing look of growing stubble using tattoo technology. This technique is especially useful for recreating a solid looking hairline.
Hair Replacement Objectives
Hair loss can be emotionally devastating for any affected persons, male or female. Baldness is a commonly recognized sign of sickness and age, neither of which is a face we would like to present to the world in our daily lives. Curing baldness has proven to be a huge hurdle for modern medical science, but the fight continues in earnest. At least today’s treatments are better focused, more enlightened and produce more satisfying results than those which existed just a few short years ago.
To learn more about your full range of treatment options for baldness, consult with your dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon.