Exploring Non-Surgical Options in Hair Restoration

For nearly 40 years The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research has been treating hair loss.  In that time, we have consulted with thousands of men and women and have heard one specific question repeated over and over again: “Can I get my hair back without surgery?”  Although surgical hair transplantation techniques are widely regarded as the most effective means of restoring natural, growing hair to regions of the scalp that have begun to thin, Drs. Edmond Griffin and Ashley Curtis also understand that this approach is not for everyone.  Some patients may be uncomfortable with undergoing a surgical procedure while others may be suffering from a form of hair loss for which such treatment is unnecessary or not an option.  Every patient is unique and every case of hair loss requires an individual diagnosis to determine which course of treatment will be most effective.  That’s why, at The Griffin Center, we are constantly exploring the latest developments in non-surgical hair loss treatments.  Here are some of the treatments we have found to be most effective:

Non-Surgical Options in Hair RestorationTopical Medications

Marketed under the trade names Rogaine® and Extra-Strength Rogaine®, the FDA-approved treatment minoxidil increases the size of shrunken hair follicles, keeping them in the growth phase longer and slowing down the progression of hair loss.  As many as 60% of the patients tested in clinical trials experienced decreased hair loss and even some amount of regrowth when using minoxidil regularly.  The hair restoration specialists at The Griffin Center will often formulate custom blends of topical prescription medications with minoxidil in order to meet specific patient needs.

Oral Medication

Approved by the FDA for the treatment of male pattern baldness, Finasteride works by inhibiting the production of an enzyme believed to be responsible for triggering androgenetic alopecia, or pattern hair loss.  Finasteride is available in two concentrations, Propecia® (a 1mg daily dose) and Proscar® (a 5mg dose). In clinical trials, finasteride slowed or stopped the progression of hair loss in 86% of men, and 65% had a “substantial” increase in hair growth.  Oral finasteride should not be used by women who are or who may become pregnant and is used off-label for treatment of pattern hair loss in females.

 Red Light Therapy

Red Light Therapy uses specific wavelengths of red-spectrum light, focused on the scalp, to increase the energy production around the hair follicles, waking cells from dormancy into an active growth phase.  Primarily used to supplement other topical and oral hair loss treatments, red light treatment generally helps to prevent further thinning, but many patients see some regrowth as well.  Red light therapy can be administered with either a hood type device (similar to the commercial hair dryers you might find at a hair salon) or the LaserCap® that can be worn under an ordinary baseball cap.

Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, uses the natural healing power of the patient’s own blood platelets to stimulate hair growth.  Injecting PRP into the dermis of the scalp stimulates shrinking hair follicles to become healthier and larger, reversing the thinning process and facilitating fuller, thicker hair growth. Because Platelet Rich Plasma works with the body’s natural healing process, it is particularly effective when used to encourage newly grafted follicular units to take root and begin to grow.

If you have any questions about your individual hair loss or what form of treatment might be best for your specific concerns, please contact The Griffin Center to schedule a consultation with Dr. Edmond Griffin or Dr. Ashley Curtis.  Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news in hair restoration and research.