The Best Hair Restoration Options for Today

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Restoring lost hair is to many of us a distant dream. However, there are some existing options for replacing lost hair that 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 re-growing hair using pills and topicals. The main technique of surgical hair restoration is hair transplant surgery, whereas wigs, hairpieces, hair loss concealers and hair thickeners are the most popular aids used to quickly replace the lost hair by non-surgical means. The non-surgical camouflage is obviously the quickest and the least expensive method of replacing lost hair, though not tremendously popular, as many people think that wigs and concealers cannot withstand wind and rain and do not look natural. In spite of this common belief, some of them are extremely resistant to external influences and can appear reasonably authentic. Wigs and concealers are often the only remaining 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 elegant solution. It can only be used in people suffering from hereditary hair loss and burn patients. Hair transplant 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 basic requirement. Hair restoration surgery has made great advances in the past twenty years with the introduction of the two main techniques used today - follicular unit transplantation and later the follicular unit extraction. These advances in hair transplantation techniques enable the grouping of hairs very close together, which gives modern 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 surgeries to achieve the final change. Furthermore, patients have to commit themselves to the use of finasteride or any other adequate medicinal hair loss therapy for the rest of their lives to prevent further loss of hair. Unfortunately these medicinal therapies often cease to work after several years of continued use.

Hair loss pills and topicals do not seem to provide satisfactory hair restoration results yet, despite great scientific advances and the discoveries of recent years. The two most frequently prescribed hair loss drugs, finasteride and topical minoxidil, can be effectively used to reduce hair loss but their ability to re-grow lost hair is relatively poor. Their effectiveness typically 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 hair loss concealers. Although there are some promising medicinal hair loss drugs currently under development, especially in the area of genetic research, the ultimate cure for baldness is not expected to become commercially available within the next fifteen to twenty years. Other advances in hair science, such as hair multiplication 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 decade or two remain the most complete method of hair restoration.