Alternative Hair Loss Treatments For Men


Women aren’t the only ones who want to look their best in public and at work. With the growing number of consumers looking for information about alternative solutions to problems with hair loss, it’s nice to know something about what your choices are.

Actually, men have endured hair loss way back into ages past but it’s only been with the advent of modern medical science that researchers, scientists and hair care specialists have been able to organize their options in some sort of order.

Some options require surgical procedures but most people prefer to not have to go that far. Luckily, there are surgical options that are very practical, relatively painless because they are done under local anesthesia and affordable and then there are also more holistic alternatives that sometimes show good results too. Here are some of the choices you have today if you’re a guy who is having a problem with hair loss.

First of all however, you need to realize that whether the solution you decide upon is medical, surgical, cosmetic or natural, none of these treatments are totally permanent and/or without maintenance requirements. All they will do is slow and lessen the amount of hair you’re losing and some treatments and methods work better for one person than others. Let’s take a look…

Hair Replacement

That’s right. You can actually have individual hair strands replaced. It’s somewhat like putting a new, individual flower plant in a flower bed. You and the technician must select some other place on your head from which you can take hair to move into the area where you need hair.

In hair replacement, individual tufts of hair, which typically grows in units of 1 – 4 hairs, are removed along with the hair follicle and transplanted to an area of the scalp that needs hair. Thus it does require a patient who has areas of the scalp where there is plenty of hair.

Hair Transplantation

Hair transplants are another option, also sometimes knows as ‘hair grafting’, which require a little more work. In this process, the technician takes strips of scalp which have healthy hair, much like squares of grass in landscaping a new yard, and use cut pieces of that strip to cover areas of the scalp where the patient wants new hair.

This procedure is done under local anaesthetic and the size of the strips typically is around 1 cm – 35 cm. The subdivided squares are much smaller and might contain as many as 50 hair groups. The donor area of the scalp is closed up with stitches which come out in about 10 days.

After the procedure the scalp is thoroughly cleaned and bandaged and sessions of the procedure must be spaced out over several months to give the scalp time to heal and adjust.

Scalp Reduction

Scalp reduction at one time was a popular procedure but has fallen somewhat out of favor mostly because of the superior results from hair transplant and hair replacement. Nevertheless, some cosmeticians and doctors can still do it. Basically what happens is that the bald areas of the scalp are simply removed, somewhat like removing a patch of worn out carpet, and then the remaining areas of the scalp are closed over that space.

The areas that remain are closed and initially held in place with stitches… under anesthesia of course.

Back when it was more popular this procedure was used for the top and back of the head but not the front part. This procedure is a little more painful than transplantation or replacement. These procedures are performed by licensed cosmetologists but it’s important to remember that you should always also consult a doctor if and when possible. The best practice is always to use proper nutrition and hair care to make sure your natural hair has as much chance as possible to live a long and happy life.


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