Hair Transplantation as Unrivalled Method of Restoring Lost Hair

Halting and reversing hair loss 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 main methods of hair restoration include surgical hair restoration, non-surgical hair replacement and therapies for regrowing hair using pills and topicals. The core technique of surgical hair restoration today is hair transplant surgery, whereas wigs, hairpieces, hair thickeners and hair loss concealers are the popular aids used to replace the lost hair by non-surgical means. The non-surgical camouflage is obviously the fastest and the least expensive method of replacing lost hair, though not too popular, as many people believe that wigs and concealers cannot withstand rain and wind and do not look natural enough. In spite of this common prejudice, some of them are extremely resistant to external influences and can appear very authentic. Hairpieces and concealers are often the only option of restoring lost hair for people suffering from non-hereditary forms of hair loss such as unpredictable alopecia areata.

Hair transplantation is the most expensive method of restoring lost hair but also the most satisfactory solution that brings back your youthful appearance quickly and naturally. It can only be used in people suffering from hereditary baldness and burn patients. Candidates are required to 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 strides in the past twenty years or so with the introduction of the two main techniques used today - follicular unit transplantation and, more recently, follicular unit extraction. These advances in hair transplantation techniques enable the grouping of hairs very close together, which gives today’s hair transplants a completely natural look. The main weakness of hair transplant surgery, besides the cost and the pain involved, is the limited supply of donor hair and the need for multiple surgery sessions to achieve the final change. Furthermore, patients have to commit themselves to the use of finasteride or any other adequate hair loss therapy for the rest of their lives to prevent further loss of hair in areas adjacent to the transplanted area.

Topicals and pills do not, despite significant scientific advances and the discoveries of recent years, provide satisfactory hair restoration results yet. The two most frequently prescribed hair loss drugs, finasteride and topical minoxidil, can be effectively used to reduce hair loss in many patients but their ability to regrow lost hair is insufficient. Their effectiveness generally declines sharply in the later stages of the balding process. There is no existing medicinal or natural hair loss remedy that can deliver adequate visual results comparable to either hair transplant surgery or non-surgical hair replacements such as wigs and concealers. Although there are some promising medicinal hair loss drugs currently under development, mainly in the area of genetic research, the ultimate pill for baldness is not expected to become commercially available 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 popular method of hair restoration.