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Treatments for Thinning Hair

A receding hairline or thinning hair can be a slap in the face that the joys of youth are definitely in the past. A degree of self-confidence seems to get lost with every thinning section of hair. For something so impactful, many settle for an internet search or the latest hair restoration ad that popped up on social media only to be discouraged or to feel all is lost. Enter into the scene- your dermatologist. Finally, there is hope! 

A dermatologist offers services for treating thinning hair in men and women. There are various reasons for gradual hair loss. An array of options are available to treat the condition, including; topical medication, oral medication, hair transplant surgery, and platelet-rich plasma treatments. Each solution is unique to the stage and causes of thinning hair. Being informed of the options to treat hair loss empowers you to choose a comfortable solution. 

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, some common causes of hair loss are:

There are also various lifestyle changes that individuals with hair loss can implement to promote hair growth as well. 

 

TOPICAL MEDICATION

Topical medications like Rogaine are a popular treatment for hair loss. It’s applied directly to the scalp every day and used for earlier stage hair loss. It is commonly used in combination with other treatment options. Most people see regrowth over time, at around 3-6 months of consistent use. If this treatment is effective for you, it’s essential to continue everyday use, as hair loss will resume when you stop using it. 

 

ORAL MEDICATION 

Individuals with male-pattern hair loss should discuss oral medication options with their dermatologist and be aware of the potential side effects. Oral medications are often used to supplement hair transplant surgery. Medications such as Finasteride are not used to regrow an entire head of hair. They are more effective at reducing further hair loss or promoting regrowth in a particular area. The most effective area is the crown of the head. It usually shows signs of effectiveness within six months of treatment, and stopping treatment causes hair loss to resume. 

 

HAIR TRANSPLANT SURGERY

Hair transplant surgery comes with surgical risks that you should discuss before treatment. It can be used with another treatment method as a supplement, like Rogaine (a topical treatment) or Finasteride (an oral medication). Hair transplant surgery takes around 4-8 hours and has a 2-5 day recovery time. This method involves removing a section of skin and grafting it with more active follicles. Initially, the grafted hair falls out, then in 6 to 9 months, around 60% of new growth has appeared, according to WebMD. 

 

PRP 

This treatment has proven to be the most successful in our office. It’s very simple and quick. The immediate effect of the procedure is typically limited to swelling in the scalp. This treatment involves drawing blood from your arm in a special tube then spinning in a special centrifuge to separate plasma. Then platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the areas of concern. Patients receive this treatment three times every four to six weeks. The results typically take a few months to appear but are more long-lasting. 

There are a wide array of solutions for hair loss in men and women. They are often used with each other for greater effectiveness, but treatment varies from patient to patient. Speak with your dermatologist or schedule an appointment for a consultation to understand what the cause of your hair loss may be and what treatments would be most suitable for you. 

 

Author
Charlene, RN Dilworth Dermatology and Laser Charlene Rhem, RN Charlene is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years of dermatology experience with an emphasis in laser technology in dermatology.

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