6 Ways to Save Your Hair Before It’s Too Late (FUE Hair Transplant)
FUE hair transplants may begin to grab your attention as you first notice your hairline receding. Follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplant is an impressive, practical tool that is gaining popularity daily. Men and women who wish to permanently redistribute their own growing hair follicles to thinning areas can do so flawlessly with modern FUE hair transplant techniques. But what about everyone else? The people who see more strands on the pillow each day, whose hairlines are creeping back, but are not yet ready to invest in a transplant? Do they just have to watch the hairs fall out? No way! We’re sharing 6 of our favourite ways to save your hair before it’s too late.
Toronto’s Dr. Cory Torgerson offers a multitude of treatments for men and women at all stages of hair loss. The Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic will be pleased to schedule your no-obligation consultation whenever you’re ready to talk about next steps.
Besides FUE hair transplants, what can you do to prevent hair loss?
At the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic, the advanced digital FUE systems, SmartGraft and NeoGraft, deliver unparalleled, natural-looking hair restoration to clients from across Canada. Of those patients, most suffer from a common genetic condition called androgenic alopecia.
This may be the type of thinning you have too. If your family members lost hair at predictable times with a characteristic pattern, you can expect yours to follow suit.
“Male pattern baldness” is a well-known term used to describe this condition, because far more men than women experience it. The pattern of fallout for males typically leaves a band of hair at the back and sides of the scalp, while hair thins and recedes at the front and top. For women, the presentation is different, with thinning all over, leading to a visible scalp.
Why do people seek FUE hair transplants for androgenic alopecia?
By age 35, more than half of all men report hair loss. Scientists typically implicate the hormone DHT, which harms follicles and miniaturizes hairs. Men with remaining hair at the back and sides of the head have DHT-resistant follicles in those areas.
If this description sounds familiar, don’t despair. FUE hair transplants are ideal for redistributing the DHT-resistant hairs that you still have and filling in sparse zones. The effects are permanent too! To find out if this is the cause of your hair thinning or if other factors are at play, you need a consultation.
Your experienced hair transplant surgeon can examine your scalp and hair, ask essential questions, and determine if other issues like diet and lifestyle are contributing factors.
You may be experiencing vitamin deficiencies, side effects from medication, stress, hormonal imbalances, inflammation, and more. The great news is that most of these are treatable and reversible, so the hair loss can be too. Instead of recommending an FUE hair transplant, your surgeon may suggest any of the following:
It’s not as simple as popping a multivitamin to get your hair back, especially if you have a genetic hair loss condition. However, *if* your hair abruptly changes or falls out due to deprivation dieting or other nutrition deficits, you may need supplementation to get back on track. A lack of protein, zinc, folic acid, and iron have all been linked to hair loss. These are not supplements that you can safely load up on without careful assessment from your doctor, so speak with a professional to find out if this is a route for you to take.
If your hair is thinning, it’s time to upgrade your shampoo. No, “miracle baldness cure” shampoo won’t work (sadly), but a carefully formulated product can help slow down hair loss and keep your scalp in excellent condition. It can also encourage your hair to feel thicker. Look for shampoos containing vitamins and minerals for scalp nourishment and stimulation.
You’ll also want to avoid harsh detergents that strip healthy oils from your scalp. Talk to a hair expert like Dr. Torgerson about hair loss shampoo and the topical treatments recommended at the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic.
Bonus* While shampooing or applying any topical treatment, the scalp massage you give yourself can encourage blood flow to your hair follicles. Don’t hesitate to spend 10 minutes each day gently massaging and stimulating excellent blood flow.
You may have heard of Rogaine, a topical treatment, or Propecia, which comes in a pill form. Propecia is approved for males only.
Rogaine (minoxidil) comes in liquid or foam and works as a vasodilator to bring more blood to your hair roots. When people start Rogaine, they often shed hairs until new, strong strands grow to replace them. Side effects may include itching and irritation. Though patients report slowed or halted hair loss, once the product is discontinued, the results disappear.
For men, finasteride, also known as Propecia, is the drug of choice for hair loss. It comes with pros and cons, as the side effects for some involve sexual dysfunction or cardiac issues. Though they are concerning, the side effects are relatively rare. Discuss the risks and benefits with your hair transplant surgeon and decide what’s right for you. Many men report benefits such as keeping their hair and even growing some back. Just like minoxidil, once treatment stops, the benefits do too.
Lasers sound high-tech and futuristic, but for hair loss, they represent a non-invasive, comfortable option. Available in the form of specialized combs or helmets, using LLLT a few times per week has been shown to increase hair volume and density and aid in retention. Theradome, from the THTC, is available for at-home use.
PRP (platelet-rich plasma therapy) harnesses your blood platelets to stimulate hair growth. A small sample of blood can be quickly drawn and processed in the office, so just the clear plasma and platelets are extracted. This formulation is then injected right at hair roots with tiny needles. While studies on effectiveness continue, so far this 100% natural treatment has shown very promising results and carries so few risks that it’s appealing for people who don’t want the surgical solution, an FUE hair transplant.
If you know that the hair you’ve lost isn’t coming back, it could be time to make a move and redistribute what you have. The modern approach to hair restoration moves single grafts one at a time from the back of your head to the area where the hair is needed. A small rotary punch device utilizes smart technology for precise excision and an atraumatic, nearly scarless result.
The artistry and experience of your surgeon ensure that the small hair units that fill thin areas look as natural as the hairs that they replace. The results from FUE hair transplants are reliable and long-lasting, with an over 90% take rate on expertly implanted grafts.
Get your consultation!
Dr. Torgerson offers consultations to people who are interested in learning about FUE hair transplants and other hair loss solutions. Because the THTC provides such a wide range of services to treat hair loss, we can customize each patient’s hair restoration plan to benefit them now and in years to come.
We’d love to meet you and talk about your exciting options. You don’t have to accept hair loss or scratch your head at the many dubious cures marketed to you. Find out what really works and, more importantly, what will really work for you. Talk to the specialists in person. We look forward to meeting you.