August 7, 2019
When hair loss occurs – it’s something that both men and women may experience – it can have a big impact on self-esteem. Hair loss may include gradual thinning on top of the head, circular bald spots, sudden loosening of hair, or patches around the scalp of hair loss. There are myriad reasons behind hair thinning or baldness, from hereditary conditions to hormonal changes.
Fortunately, there are several options available for treating hair loss. Three of the most effective include medical treatment, platelet rich plasma (PRP), and NeoGraft FUE Hair Transplantation.
Medical hair loss treatments involve prescription or over the counter medications such as Propecia. The American Hair Loss Association recommends finasteride as the first line of attack for all men interested in treating their male pattern baldness. As with any hair restoration treatment, it’s worth discussing medical options with your provider before trying a medical treatment to determine whether potential side effects could impact you or conflict with your medical history. But if medical options are a good fit, they can be a convenient and non-invasive way to address hair loss.
PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma, is a procedure meant to trigger natural hair growth through an increased supply of blood to hair follicles. During PRP, the patient’s blood is drawn, processed, and then injected into the scalp. Some providers use PRP in combination with other hair loss procedures. While it’s a newer hair restoration treatment, providers have used PRP therapy since the 1980s to help heal injured tendons, ligaments, and muscles. PRP therapy is a three-step process, with about four to six weeks between each treatment.
NeoGraft FUE Hair Transplantation is a minimally-invasive procedure that involves transplanting a patient’s hair. A provider will remove individual follicular units of hair from an area in the back of the head. The provider then separates the hairs by size in order to create a natural-looking result. A transplant provider then works with you to design a hairline and implants the extracted grafts into the area with thinning hair.
How Do I Decide Which One is Best?
Each treatment ranges quite a bit in terms of recovery time. With medical treatments, there’s virtually no recovery time. PRP involves almost no downtime, other than possible mild headaches the first day or two post-treatment. NeoGraft, while designed to give patients a fast recovery time, may still require seven to 10 days of recovery post-procedure.
There are also individual factors that will help a provider decide which procedure is the best fit for a patient. A patient’s age, progression of hair loss, medical history, lifestyle, and of course individual goals and expectations will all determine which hair restoration technique is right for that patient. No matter what treatment an individual chooses, it’s important to keep in mind that hair restoration is a long-term commitment.
How SNY Helps
Smart New You offers free consultations for all three of these hair restoration techniques and procedures. When a patient comes in to explore their options, SNY providers will first conduct an in-depth examination of hair loss and discuss an overview of the progression of loss experienced. That includes discussion of what a patient has tried in the past, if anything; what their goals are; and what form of therapy would be best for the patient.
Courtney LeClair, SNY practice manager