Are there non-surgical hair replacement options for that man who for some of the reasons might not consider surgical solutions to hair loss? The first consideration would be the lack of donor area on the back and sides of the head. At the Deseret Barber Shop in Salt Lake City we cannot make that determination for you. Only a medical professional could determine that for you. However, if you don’t have the donor area then there isn’t much choice left for you. You would be a candidate for the three hair replacement options detailed below.
Rogaine is the only FDA approved product to date which has had positive clinical results in some patients. I know several people who have tried it for a long time period who just could not really tell if they were getting any beneficial results or not. There are no guarantees with Rogaine… and even if you have received some hair regrowth, if you quit using the product you will eventually lose all of the gain you received. This is one of the hair replacement options where you must continue to use the product for life!
If you compare the cost of hair replacement surgery with the cumulative monthly cost of buying Rogaine (Minoxodil) over 20, 30, 40 or 50 years, it can be many times more expense to use Rogaine… not to mention the constant aggravation to have to apply the ointment on a daily basis. But it is a popular hair replacement option for many men because you can start anytime you want by going to the store, buying some product and then applying it that same day.
Even though Minoxodil is the only FDA approved product proven to grow new hair in patients, there are an endless number of hair replacement options (products) which also claim to have benefits for improving hair health as well as promote new growth. Some people claim that some of these hair replacement options have helped them, but this is on an individual case basis. I know people who claim they have had results with some of these products, but I guess someone could have results with a placebo if they believed in it enough.
Propecia is a prescription medication which is taken in pill form with similar results to Rogaine. I know people who have used both Minoxodil and Propecia and they feel that they got much better results from the prescription medication than from the topical ointment. However, it it one of the hair replacement options which does have one side effect which has become quite well known. The following is from a written warning about the product…
Propeciasideeffects.com was formed to spread the word about the undocumented potentially irreversible side effects caused by using Propecia (finasteride) 1mg each day. A number of males have suffered erectile dysfunction, impotence, low libido and gynecomestica after using Propecia. The shattering truth for these males is that the side effects did not disappear after ceasing finasteride. The shattering truth is that years later these individuals are still suffering in silence with a seriously reduced quality of life due to erectile dysfunction and impotence. It is not know exactly what causes these changes and how to screen individuals before treatment.
If I read that warning before considering this as a one of my hair replacement options, I probably would be hesitant to use it. However, I know several men who use Propecia and they report to me that they have never experienced this negative side effect. I believe that some of these warnings are to protect against litigation possibilities rather than something that would be likely to happen to the average user.
But it is probably prudent to consider these possibilities when considering this option. As with any prescription medication, you should not hesitate to ask any questions of your medical Doctor.
Hair replacement systems are one of the hair replacement options which should receive much more consideration.
From early Assyrian, Egyptian, and Roman times, hairpieces and wigs have been worn in an attempt to cover balding pates, as a part of ceremonial ritual, or in conformance with prevailing fashion. Today the industry uses the terms hair replacement system or hair solution.
The quality of a hair replacement system varies with the kind of hair used in its manufacture and the way in which it is constructed. Human hair is a desirable choice for a quality hair solution, although synthetic fibers can simulate the look and feel of human hair as well.
A hair replacement solution is particularly appropriate where there isn’t much hair left at all to work with. The quality of the products are so much better today than they were many years ago that they are virtually undetectable. This is one of the hair replacement options that has improved the most in recent years.
A friend of mine invited me over to his house one evening about a year ago. While we were enjoying a wonderful evening of conversation, I noticed that both he and his wife kept looking at me smiling like something was funny and I wasn’t getting it. Finally, after at least an hour had passed, they asked me if I noticed anything different about his hair.
Even after it was brought to my attention, it still took a few minutes before I realized that he had a very full head of new hair. We have been very good friends for over twenty years and I had seen him a million times before, but I did not notice that he had a new hair replacement solution until they pointed it out to me! I must admit that I was extremely impressed with how great he looked and how undetectable it was to me.
Custom hair solutions are tailored to the client’s head shape and hair replacement needs. This customization requires an expert to create a template or pattern and a color matching sample for the supplier to use as a guide in the production of the hair solution.
Once created a hair solution needs to cleaned and otherwise maintained for the life of the system. The most important thing is to make sure that you are dealing with qualified experts and not amateurs who are learning at your expense. You could have years of enjoyment and satisfaction with the proper fitting and maintenance of your hair replacement solution. Our barbers at Deseret Barber Shop in Salt Lake City do not do any work with hair solutions, but there are very specialized companies who are experts in this area. It is a very specialized world today and you want to find those experts.
When it comes to these hair replacement options, it really pays to do your research beforehand. It is worth your time and effort to make sure you find experienced professional to take care of your hair replacement needs. It you find the right solution for your needs, you should enjoy years of enjoyment and satisfaction in your future.