Hair Restoration in Austin
Millions of men and women across the U.S. suffer from hair thinning or hair loss issues. Technically referred to as alopecia, hair loss can result from a number of causes including genetics (such as in male or female pattern baldness), poor nutrition, stress, pregnancy, drugs, or trauma. Hair loss can begin as early as before age 20 and often accelerates with normal aging.
There are a number of surgical and non-surgical hair restoration treatment techniques that can successfully treat hair thinning and hair loss. Today’s most effective treatments include prescription medications and surgical hair transplant procedures.
Hair Growth Medications
- DHT Inhibitors – Products like Propecia (finasteride) work to reduce levels of Dihydrotestosterone (commonly known as DHT). DHT is a derivative of testosterone that is now suspected as being the main culprit behind androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness). On the scalp, DHT shrinks hair follicles to a point where healthy hair cannot survive, resulting in patches of hair loss. DHT inhibitors work to reduce DHT levels in order to stop the cause of hair loss. As such, DHT products are often an essential component of hair restoration treatment plans in men and postmenopausal females.
- Antiandrogens – Whereas DHT inhibitors eliminate DHT, antiandrogens like spironolactone block DHT from reaching the follicle. Antiandrogens enable users to avoid side effects that stem from lowering their DHT levels. Thus it addresses the hormonal contributors to pattern baldness from a different angle, primarily in postmenopausal females.
- Growth Stimulants – This segment of products includes Rogaine (minoxidil), the most popular medication for hair loss. Growth stimulants do one thing: they work to maintain hair in the growth phase. Because these products do not address the underlying cause of hair loss, they are often combined with DHT inhibitors and/or antiandrogens.
Hair Transplant Surgery
Hair transplantation procedures involve the removal of hair follicles from the back of the scalp that are then transferred to areas with thin to no hair. Learn more about hair transplants.
Customized Hair Restoration Treatment Plans
Although each treatment method can provide great results independently, some individuals may require a treatment plan that combines two or more of these techniques in order to realize desired results. Contact us today to learn more about hair options.