For many people, their identity and their hair are closely intertwined. Unfortunately, as a result of genetics and other factors, many people begin to lose their hair long before they are ready to do so.
Genetics, hormonal changes, medical conditions, trauma and stress can all lead to hair loss. For patients who have unsuccessfully undergone other treatments, hair transplant is an excellent available option. Hair transplant addresses hair loss by transplanting hair follicles from one part of the body (donor site) to a bald or balding part of the body (recipient site). Dr. Devgan’s preferred technique for hair transplantation is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). Follicular Unit Extraction extracts hairs from the donor site one by one, leaving tiny pin-point size wounds that do not require staples or stitches to close, making the procedure virtually scarless. As a result, Dr. Devgan prefers FUE hair transplantation over other techniques such as the “strip method”, which often leaves patients with long, linear, unsightly scars, on the back of their heads. To learn more about hair transplant, see actual patient photographs, and read verified patient reviews, please visit our Hair Transplant Page.
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, or PRP, can be an excellent option for patients with thinning hair. PRP consists of platelets that are rich in growth factors which can induce growth of any cell, in this case hair root cells (papilla cells). PRP is successfully used in orthopedic surgery to regenerate cartilage in joints with arthritis and in microneedling to improve the texture and quality of skin. PRP therapy can improve the growth of existing hairs, increase the growing phase of hair, reduce hair fall and reverse thinning hair which is ultimately responsible for density.
Topical treatment, like Minoxidil (Rogaine), has also been shown to be effective in the treatment of both male and female hair loss. Almost all patients report a slowing in the progression of their hair loss with this topical treatment, while some patients even report the growth of new hair. Although a prescription is not necessary for this treatment it is most effective when used as part of a doctor guided hair loss regimen.
There are several different medications to help those experiencing hair loss. Options available to both men and women are vitamin supplements of folate and biotin. Both are necessary components to support the growth of hair.
Another oral treatment, only available to men with a prescription, is Finasteride. Although, it has been shown to be highly effective in slowing the progression of male pattern baldness, it can also decrease libido and should therefore be thoroughly discussed with your doctor before commencing treatment.