Nearly 85% of men and 40% of women experience visible hair loss by the age of 50, and these statistics can be reduced significantly if they received timely treatment. If you are looking for ways to regrow your hair without surgery, here are some effective non-surgical hair loss treatment options to help hair regrowth.
How is hair loss diagnosed clinically?
Losing 100 to 150 strands a day is normal and usually goes unnoticed, but the hair loss becomes a cosmetic concern when you began losing it in clumps.
In male pattern baldness, hair loss presents as a receding hairline or a thinning crown on the top of the head. Female pattern hair loss has similar symptoms, but a common sign of hair loss or hair thinning in women is a widening of the parting gap.
With an in-depth consultation, you can obtain the right treatment for your hair loss. The diagnosis is usually done with the help of one or a few of the following protocols:
- Patient’s complete history: This can include the duration of the hair loss, pattern and location of hair loss, hair or scalp care routine, medical history such as illnesses or medication, and more.
- Physical examination: A visual check for scalp inflammation can help to rule out any underlying condition such as an infection.
- Laboratory investigations: More information can be found through laboratory tests, such as any underlying medical conditions that may be triggering the hair loss.
Non-surgical hair loss treatments
More people lean more towards the non-surgical approach as there is an ease of administration in non-invasive treatments, lesser risks involved, and cost-effective.
An FDA-approved topical medication that combats hair loss is minoxidil. It is most commonly found in Rogaine and works by strengthening the weakened hair follicles in the scalp and improving the blood flow in the scalp to aid hair growth.
For male pattern baldness, another kind of medication that is prescribed is called Propecia. This is taken orally and works in the same manner as minoxidil. However, oral medications may come with o other effects and precautions, such as loss of libido (sex drive), ejaculatory dysfunction, and others.
The principle around a microneedling procedure is to encourage your skin’s healing process by inflicting micro injuries in the skin. This triggers a release of growth factors which are a part of the natural healing response and can also improve the penetration of other medications like minoxidil or corticosteroids.
This treatment involves taking tiny sections of stem cells from one part of your scalp that produces healthy hair follicles and transferring those to the affected part of your scalp. This is a minimally invasive treatment that is certified safe and has shown to be effective in clinical trials. Only certified doctors are trained to perform this treatment.
Why a hair loss treatment program is usually required
Some cases of hair loss may not be caused by any one factor; it may be caused by several factors including age, genetics, underlying medical conditions, or unhealthy lifestyle habits. To address the different causes of hair loss, several studies have shown that a combination of two or more modalities is essential in managing the symptoms of hair loss.
The synergistic effects of the combination approach also allow the strengths of different forms of treatments to complement one another – where one treatment focuses on cleansing the scalp, another aims to deliver hair-boosting growth factors into the scalp to reactivate the follicles.
In restoring hair growth, for some people, conventional treatments may not be as effective due to the different root causes of hair loss and other influencing factors.
A simple topical medication or a change in diet may help to improve the condition of your scalp and hair, but it can be difficult to tell if the treatment is working for you.
An aesthetic doctor can help to point you in the right direction and recommend the ideal treatment (or a combination thereof) that addresses the cause(s) of your hair loss.
Speak with our board-certified doctors at Illumia Medical to learn more about our hair loss solutions today.