Hair Loss Medications or Hair Transplant First?


Before deciding on what approach for either hair retention or hair restoration it is vital to always research well and choose the best option for you at that time but with your long term well-being in mind. The decision should not just be based on what you would like most as a result but what result is sustainable over time. Much will depend on the age of the individual and the hair loss pattern they have

A Suitable Hair Transplant Candidate?

A Suitable Hair Transplant Candidate?

Hair loss treatments, of which 3 are FDA approved can work for the majority of individuals, but results will vary from person to person and no specific result can be promised; if hair loss is caught at an early stage then using meds can sustain the growth of the hair without obvious signs of hair loss

Thinning over the crown also, medications can be useful to stabilise the hair loss and possibly thicken the remaining hair for some years; even if there are signs of loss treating the crown initially with a hair treatment programme can be a wiser first option

Always seek professional medical advice before taking medications, prescriptive or non-prescriptive drugs or natural alternatives as some have side effects that you must be aware of

Surgical hair restoration for the correct candidate can help restore hair permanently to areas that have suffered from hair loss; but it is not a miracle cure and will not prevent future hair loss of the native hair

Timing is very important when considering a hair transplant, treating minor hair loss at a young age can lead to problems in the future if the hair loss progresses aggressively and you cannot sustain a balance natural restoration

At the same time advanced hair loss carries other concerns about donor hair management, planning and design; concerns whether the pattern of loss with advance further and after extensive restoration could future loss be restored

Combining medications and surgical hair restoration is an option; this can have the benefit of potentially reducing the size of the operation required and sustaining much of your natural hair growth

When consulting a hair loss or hair transplant doctor be clear whether the intention is to use a treatment programme long term after a hair transplant has been performed as this will have a bearing on the approach and master plan the doctor makes in your restoration

Dependent on the individual´s hair loss pattern some clinics may advise to wait before undergoing a hair transplant, either use medications or simply allow the hair loss pattern to mature a little more

This allows for the potential hair loss pattern to be easier identified and making long term planning easier; also allowing for the individual and doctor to agree on the goals and set out a plan, hair line design and coverage


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