Surgical or Non-Surgical Hair Restoration: Which is Right for You?

Hair loss has been a problem that has plagued men and women for centuries, and for many years the only effective treatment was hair transplant surgery.  Unfortunately, in the early stages even that approach tended to produce unsatisfactory “doll-hair” results.  Then, beginning in the 1980’s, hair loss patients were offered an alternative in the form of prescription medications like minoxidil or finasteride, and new refinements in surgical technique eventually made natural-looking follicular unit grafting possible.  Over time, as our understanding of hair loss grew, we discovered advanced non-surgical treatment options like platelet rich plasma and red light laser therapy as well.  Today there is actually such a wide variety of hair restoration treatment choices that many patients find it difficult to choose.  At The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, we believe that every case of hair loss is unique and that only by understanding all of the available options can a patient choose the treatment approach that is right for their individual needs.

Surgical or Non-Surgical Hair Restoration Which is Right for YouNon-Surgical Hair Restoration

Contrary to popular belief, hair loss is not a single condition, but actually one symptom that can be attributed to many different causes.  This is why a specific medication or non-surgical hair restoration treatment that works on one patient may prove ineffective on another.  At The Griffin Center, hair restoration specialists Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis carefully examine every patient to fully diagnose the cause of their hair loss so that we can provide them with customized treatment plans for their own optimal results.  Non-surgical hair restoration treatments are usually more successful at halting the progression of hair loss, although in some cases they may also be able to regrow hair.  Because our main goal is to stop hair loss, these treatments are almost always recommended for patients in the earliest stages of hair loss and for maintenance after other procedures to prevent worsening hair loss which would otherwise inevitably occur.

Surgical Hair Restoration

Hair transplantation surgery, on the other hand, is more frequently used when the hair loss is more advanced or in cases that have not responded to non-surgical forms of treatment.  Although there are several important differences between follicular unit grafting (FUG) and follicular unit extraction (FUE) techniques, both approaches take healthy hair follicles from one region of the scalp and transplant them into areas where the existing hair has started to thin.  The patient’s hair and skin types, the degree of their hair loss, and their personal aesthetic preferences are all factors that are considered when determining which form of hair transplantation surgery will be the most beneficial.

The Griffin Center Combined Approach

Unfortunately, most forms of hair loss are progressive and so choosing the treatment that works best right now is hardly ever the end of the story.  Once hair loss has begun, non-surgical treatments can rarely hold it at bay forever, and even the best surgical hair transplant results will be spoiled if patients fail to maintain the hair they have.  This is why we emphasize the importance of hair loss prevention at The Griffin Center, and work closely with our patients even after they have undergone hair transplant surgery to help them establish a hair maintenance plan that will keep them looking their best for years to come.

If you are concerned about your own hair loss, or are interested in learning more about your hair restoration options, contact The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration so that we can schedule an appointment for a full diagnosis and hair loss consultation.  Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news or answers to your questions about hair restoration.