Hair loss has become a major concern for so many people. Technological advancement has significantly improved in treating hair loss and damage done by thinning. While there are many options on the market for hair restoration, many people still opt for the non-surgical hair restoration procedure.
What Are The Causes Of Hair Loss?
Hair loss could be caused by:
- Genetics and family history
- Medication conditions
- Medications and medical treatments
What Are The Best Hair Restoration Non-Surgical Methods Available?
Below is the list of the best hair restoration procedures that can treat hair problems:
Hair fall medications are recommended for men and women who have just started losing their hair, with minimal strand damage. Here are non-surgical hair restoration medications:
- Finasteride. One the best medications for men that can preserve and regrow hair. This non-surgical hair restoration procedure reduces the level of a natural hormone called DHT in the human body. In return, a reduction in the quantity of DHT leads to an acceleration of hair regrowth and a diminution of hair loss.
- Minoxidil. Compared to Finasteride, this medication can be used by both men and women. In fact, Minoxidil has gained more popularity in recent years. It’s believed that Minoxidil works by dilating the blood vessels to deliver oxygen and essential nutrients to the follicles quickly.
- Spironolactone. This is another hair restoration medication best known for slowing down the generation of androgens (male sex hormones). The medication works by lowering the generation of androgens and declines the hair loss progression caused by androgenic alopecia. In a study by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, about 75% of women with pattern hair loss have noticed a hair loss improvement after taking Spironolactone.
However, the above non-surgical hair replacement treatments are popular and effective but may also have side effects. Some of them include the following:
- decreased sex drive
- scalp irritation
For an expert tip, it is recommended to get a prescription approved by a
dermatologist before using any of the medications stated above.
Hair Replacement Systems
Compared to the above hair restoration medications, a hair replacement system has no adverse side effects. This is because the hair system is made of human hair, hand-woven onto a premium base, which is skin-friendly and invisible after application on the scalp. Primarily, a hair restoration system refers to a modern type of wig but is superior to a wig in terms of realness and quality.
Moreover, here are the known benefits of hair replacement systems:
- Delivers instant results
- Semi-permanent in terms of attachment, which doesn’t need to be taken off every night
- Not time-consuming to attach, which only takes 10 minutes
- Comfortable, breathable, and durable
Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
To promote hair growth on the scalp, this non-surgical hair restoration procedure involves using a pencil-like beam of electromagnetic waves set at a single frequency and defined wavelength. The LLT method is effective for both men and women and works by:
- Boosting the rates of hair growth in anagen phase follicles
- Extending the period of the anagen phase
- Relocating hair strands from the telogen phase back to the anagen phase
- Halt on premature catagen phase development
Besides restoring hair, this non-surgical treatment is also used to support healing from various other medical conditions and the revival of essential functions of the body.
This non-surgical hair restoration procedure can fix hair loss for men and women using laser-based devices like caps, hats, helmets, or headbands. Simultaneously, they feature delicate lasers discharging photons, which can easily penetrate the scalp while targeting the follicles.
In addition, they increase the ATP or adenosine triphosphate production in the hair follicle cells, which promotes metabolism and hair growth. Many FDA-approved laser caps are available on the market, but a prescription from a dermatologist is advised before using them for hair recovery.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
This non-surgical procedure helps regenerate and heal hair problems. The PRP treatment was widely used to speed up recovery in the past. Today, scientists are using it to restore hair growth.
Moreover, platelet-rich plasma is a three-step process that involves:
- First, the blood will be drawn from the patient’s arm and put into a centrifuge.
- After about 10 minutes in the centrifuge, the blood will then separate into three layers.
- Those three layers are platelet-poor plasma, platelet-rich plasma, and red blood cells (RBCs).
- The platelet-rich plasma will be drawn into a syringe and injected into scalp areas that need hair growth or recovery.
This hair restoration method provides the scalp with a good number of vitamins and improves blood flow to boost hair growth. In fact, mesotherapy is widely used to treat bald patches and set follicles in motion to trigger hair regrowth.
Like PRP, mesotherapy is also a hair restoration method that involves the use of microinjections. This hair restoration method is relatively new and has generated benefits for a limited number of people compared to popular recovery procedures.
This non-surgical hair restoration method involves a handheld tool with a small roller that moves to the scalp to make tiny apertures with fine microneedles. Additionally, dermarolling helps the absorption of the medicinal qualities of topicals and oils to reach the hair follicles.
As with other non-surgical hair restoration methods discussed above, derma rolling also reduces hair loss and boosts hair growth. A derma roller does not damage the scalp but will only pierce deep enough to promote the circulation and regeneration of cells. While derma rolling has benefited tens of thousands of men and women experiencing hair loss, it has, until now, generated limited benefits for pattern baldness.
- A healthy, balanced diet. This is key to smooth, strong, shiny hair. While it cannot cure age-related hair loss, it can help men and women counter hair loss triggered by poor lifestyle and dietary gaps. Mainly, it is best to pay attention to these foods while planning a healthy diet for hair restoration, such as lean meats, nuts and seeds, leafy greens, seasonal fruits, and complex grains.
- Quit smoking. Smoking also has negative effects on the lungs and hair loss. In fact, a 2020 study of 1,000 men found that most of those who smoked had some hair loss, compared with less than half of the participants who did not smoke.
- Reduce stress. It can really do a number on the body, including the hair. Hair loss is another result of a stressful lifestyle. However, some strategies to reduce stress include regularly exercising, listening to music, practicing yoga, meditating, and getting enough sleep.
- Scalp massage. Indeed, massage alone is a good feeling, but scalp massage can also stimulate hair follicles. A small study in 2016 involving healthy Japanese men who received 4 minutes of scalp massage daily for 24 weeks resulted in thicker hair at the end of the study. In addition, another research from 2019 also found that scalp massages were associated with self-perceived improvements in hair density.
The Bottom Line
While there are numerous non-surgical methods for hair loss, speaking to a certified aesthetician is best to get the desired results. The Spa at Aestique offers Platelet-Rich Plasma for hair loss, which is a concentrated autologous preparation of platelets, and the associated growth factors in a small plasma volume. Upon activation, platelets release growth factors and other molecules, which can act on the hair follicles to promote the growth of new follicles and increase blood flow.