Many people, both men and women, are affected by hair loss. In fact, 20% of men in their 20s are affected by male-pattern baldness and the percentage just rises as men get older. By the time men are in their 40s, nearly 50% are affected by hair loss. Male-pattern baldness is hereditary so much so that studies prove that hereditary accounts for about 80% of the predisposition to baldness.
So what solutions do most people seek out to solve their hair loss problems? Let’s go through the five most common hair loss solutions and their serious drawbacks:
1 – Hair transplant surgery
Hair transplant surgery relocates hair, it doesn’t replace, and it’s often riddled with challenges. The surgery can take 4+ hours and may require multiple sessions to achieve the look desired (and sessions are often months apart to allow for healing – it’s a very long process). Many things can go wrong, including infection, swelling of the scalp, bleeding, folliculitis (when hair follicles become inflamed or infected), shock loss, etc.
2 – Hair systems
Hair systems are fraught with restrictions — fear of detection aside, hair systems are costly. Not only do maintenance costs clock in between $300 – $500 every 3 weeks, but replacement costs can be expected every 4 – 6 weeks and range from $1,000 – $1,500. Life restrictions include no swimming, no high-speed or water sports. Wearers can even experience accelerated hair loss.
3 – Topical applications
The most common topical solution to hair loss is Rogaine (Minoxidil). It has shown a degree of effectiveness in preventing further hair loss, but Minoxidil will NOT regro hair that has already been lost. This topical solution’s effects are temporary and dependent upon continued use. Once the application ends, hair loss resumes.
4 – Prescriptions
Propecia (Finasteride) is a prescription medication used for androgenetic alopecia (hair loss). It’s similar to Minoxidil in that the effects are maintained only through ongoing use of the drug. However, far more serious than Minoxidil, Finasteride has been linked to emasculating side effects, including impotence and male breast development. These side effects are not reversible.
5 – Camouflage products
There are many camouflage products on the market including Toppik, Dermmatch, Couvre, and Kaboki. Although these products help create the illusion of greater density, they are temporary, messy, expensive, and even toxic. Scalps that have been subjected to frequent use of these products are often highly irritated and face increased SMP rejection initially. Of course, there are many lifestyle constraints, such as water activities.
If you’re seeking a solution for your hair loss that doesn’t have any drawbacks like we’ve covered here, request a free consultation here. We’ll show you how Scalp MicroPigmentation at BRAVI can help you with your hair loss.