If you have substantial hair loss, special shampoos, hair supplements, and leave-in products aren’t going to provide any significant improvement. That is because once you’ve started balding in certain areas, the follicles of those individual hairs have become dormant and restricted producing hair entirely.
being said, there are certain hair restorative medications and medical products that can provide noticeable results if you use them in the initial stages of hair loss. Medications help slow or reverse mild hair loss, often by improving hair growth.
Hair loss medications
There are two types of medications to treat pattern baldness in men - androgen-dependent and androgen-independent.
1. Androgen-dependent hair loss medications work by stopping the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, a hormone believed to contribute to male pattern baldness in the scalp.
2. Androgen-independent hair loss medications work by dilating small blood vessels in the body.
Surgical hair restoration
Surgical hair restoration is the only proven way to truly restore natural hair growth to areas that have balded.
FUT and FUE hair restoration
There are two types of hair transplant treatments -
1. FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant) and
2. FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction).
The best option as per you will depend on your individual needs and the recommendations of your physician.
The FUT hair transplantation method involves taking a strip of skin with hair follicles from the donor site, typically the back of your head where the hair is naturally dense and less prone to balding. The small groups of tissue containing hair follicles are separated and prepared for transplantation. During this procedure, tiny and individual holes are made in the recipient site where you are experiencing thinning or balding. The prepared grafts are then individually implanted into the recipient site.
This type of hair transplant surgery can take many hours, depending on the number of grafts placed, and there is no way to avoid the resulting scar across the back of the head.
The FUE technique of hair transplantation was developed to achieve the same results of FUT while addressing the disadvantages. FUE involves harvesting hair follicles from a donor site at the back of the head and moving them to create a fuller, natural-looking hairline.
This method doesn’t involve removing a strip of tissue from the back of the head but rather collecting individual hair follicles directly from the scalp and inserting them into small incisions made in the recipient site.
While the detailed FUE technique requires more time in surgery, this method chalks out the linear scar.