Hair Loss Replacement Techniques
Hair Coverage: A History
Losing hair has been an issue for as long as humans have been on the planet. For many people, a full head of hair is a sign of health and virility. While some people embrace baldness, others see hair loss as something that cuts at their self-esteem. These men and women seek to maintain a full, beautiful head of hair. Below is a brief synopsis of the common way people have tried to hide their hair loss throughout history.
Hats are one of the oldest and most cost-effective ways of covering thinning hair. Whether it be a cowboy hat or sporting cap, a hat is something that many men and women go to for covering a bald spot or receding hairline. Recently, many young men who have begun losing their hair opt for a more stylish or weather-appropriate beanie when looking to cover their premature thinning.
Wigs and Toupées
Wigs have been popular throughout history. They took on a life of their own in the French courts during the 17th century, where big, adorned, powdered wigs were the sign of high society. They were popularized in this time when Louis XIV started losing his own hair; he used a wig to cover up his thinning and balding spots, and court fashion was quick to follow the style of their monarch.
Since Louis XIV’s time, men and women have worn wigs as both fashion statements and to cover their own potentially thinning hair. In the 60s and 70s, toupées became somewhat of a joke as men attempted to hide their hair loss. Modern hair restoration methods, however, have made wigs and toupées unnecessary for covering balding spots.
In 1988, the medication minoxidil was FDA approved for hair loss. Better known as the brand ROGAINE®, minoxidil has since become one of the most effective over-the-counter treatments for hair loss. Additionally, since 1991, minoxidil has been used to treat female hair loss, and it is still the only FDA-approved topical product to improve androgenic hair loss.
One of the modern techniques for restoring one’s thinning hair is hair transplants. While topical solutions still work for some people, these treatments do not provide the proven benefits of transplants. The two most popular techniques are FUE (follicular unit extraction) and FUT (follicular unit transplant). Both procedures involve harvesting existing, working hair follicles and transplanting them to other areas of the scalp. Newer technology, like SmartGraft™, helps make this process easier and less painful; additionally, this technology provides more consistent, natural results.
A new avenue of treating certain aesthetic issues has opened up with the discovery that the platelet portion of the blood is rich in growth factors. Platelet-rich plasma injections are increasingly popular for facial restoration, and this procedure has also been found to be highly beneficial for hair restoration. By injecting the growth factors from your blood into your scalp, we can stimulate the growth of new hair.
Visit our hair loss treatment page to see which treatment might work for you, or schedule a consultation to discuss your hair concerns by calling 610-688-7100.