Hair replacement

There are two options for men’s hair replacement. Sufferers can either go down the route of medical intervention or surgical replacement.

Medical Men’s Hair Replacement

Currently, there are only two pharmaceuticals on the market which have been passed by the FDA for safety and efficacy. There are many more products which are advertised in the small ads of men’s magazines, and via unsolicited emails (“spam”). Whatever the dubious claims of these treatments, it is fair to say that if they were the “miracle cures” they claimed to be then the FDA and pharmaceutical corporations would have moved in to exploit the benefits very quickly indeed. Of the two products which are approved, finasteride and minoxidil, both work best when used on thinning hair, where the activity of the hair follicles may be salvaged. The results are not good for people who have been bald for many years. These scalp preparations need to be continuously applied forever.

Surgical Men’s Hair Replacement

This method of men’s hair replacement will work even if a man has been bald for many years. Live hair follicles are taken from a healthy region and implanted in the bald patch. There are various different methods which differ in terms of cost, result, and look. These methods range from using only one or two hair follicles up to several at a time. The fine hair along the front hairline is usually replaced using the single or double hair follicle technique. The crown is often repopulated using a plug of several hairs at a time. There may be a little discomfort during this procedure accompanied by bleeding. After the operation, the transplanted hair often goes through a resting phase, before taking hold and growing. This may take about six months. Further implants may be needed to fill gaps however the final result is permanent and nothing further should be required.