7 Ways to Reverse Hair Loss
Genetic conditions, medications, and pregnancy can all result in hair loss. Patients suffering from significant hair loss can pursue restorative hair loss treatments to encourage increased hair production.
At Chicago Hair Institute, Drs. Raymond Konior and Sahar Nadimi offer several surgical and non-surgical hair loss treatments. By getting to the root of your hair loss issues, our team can recommend the best treatment option for you.
Here, our team in Chicago, IL, discusses seven ways to reverse hair loss. These methods may be used alone or in combination for enhanced results.
Non-Surgical Hair Loss Treatments
Many patients can reverse hair loss without surgery. Common non-surgical solutions include:
- Hair systems
- Addressing systemic health conditions
- Lifestyle changes
In the past, hair systems, also called toupees or hairpieces, looked noticeably unnatural. Today, however, hair systems look almost indistinguishable from natural hair. Patients can combine hair systems with hairline surgery for heightened results.
The FDA has approved two drugs to treat thinning hair: Minoxidil and Finasteride. Topical Minoxidil, commonly referred to as Rogaine®, is most effective at preventing hair loss, but it can also stimulate new hair growth.
Patients can buy Rogaine over the counter at most drug stores, but Finasteride is a prescription medication. When taken daily, Finasteride pills inhibit hair-destroying hormones, effectively halting hair loss while encouraging new growth.
Addressing Systemic Health Conditions
Some systemic health conditions, such as lupus or thyroid disorders, can contribute to hair loss. Our team conducts thorough exams during which we address your medical history, run blood tests, and take a scalp biopsy.
This information allows us to pinpoint the underlying cause of your hair loss. Some causes are simple to fix, like an iron deficiency. Other causes may require a referral to a certified specialist, like an endocrinologist.
Some environmental factors may be the cause of hair loss. Simple changes to diet, exercise, and vitamin supplements may reverse hair loss and eliminate the need for surgical solutions.
Surgical Hair Loss Treatments
Surgical hair loss treatments, also known as hair transplants, are a highly customizable and successful method to increase hair density and restore the hairline. Patients can explore three hair transplant options, including:
- Follicular unit extraction
- Donor strip harvesting
- Transplant mega-sessions
Follicular Unit Extraction
Our team can graft healthy, individual follicular units from the scalp. We can then transplant these individual units into bald or thinning areas to encourage natural hair growth.
Donor Strip Harvesting
Rather than individual follicular units, our team can graft strips of healthy hair from the sides or back of the scalp. Typically, our team uses these strips to treat larger areas of hair loss. We use incredibly precise techniques for minimal scarring.
A mega-session is a large-scale follicular unit extraction hair transplant. This procedure can take eight to 12 hours and may require more than 3,500 individual grafts.
Talk With Our Experts About Hair Loss Treatments
Whether you want to prevent or reverse hair loss, our dedicated team is here to help you explore your options. Schedule your consultation at Chicago Hair Institute today. Patients can email us to get started or call our Oakbrook Terrace office at (630) 932-9690.