Androgenetic alopecia is the most common type of hair loss. For many sufferers, their answer to restoring their hair lies in one of two approaches: hair replacement surgery or a medical solution. Each approach has its merits and is applicable to different circumstances which include the extent of hair loss, how fast you’re losing hair, hair loss pattern, and response to previous attempts at treatment. A new approach involves applying both medical and surgical methods to treating particular cases of hair loss. This approach was discussed at an International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery meeting and this article summarizes the main points of discussion.
The case for a combined approach
So what cases are likely to respond positively to a combination of medical and surgical intervention? Where hair loss (androgenetic alopecia) occurs in younger men (in their teens and early twenties), selecting a surgical option may be premature. This is because
- The pattern of balding is not yet established.
- The progression of hair loss has not yet been fully determined.
- The response of hair loss to pharmacologic treatments has not been verified.
A structured approach to using both medical and surgical methods under the supervision of a hair restoration specialist may benefit those suffering from hair loss.
Currently, the two androgenetic alopecia medical treatments which have received approval by the US Food and Drug Administration are the following:
- Finasteride – a drug taken orally.
- Minoxidil – a cream applied to the affected area of the scalp.
Studies have found both drugs to have a positive impact on slowing down hair loss caused by androgenetic alopecia in some individuals. In other patients, the drugs have been successful in stimulating the regrowth of new hair.
The results obtained by following a course of medical treatment will vary, depending upon the personal goals of each individual. For some, slowing down hair loss may be the primary goal; for others, regrowth may be their desired result.
When a medical intervention has failed to produce the desired result, a surgical method may then be considered to supplement or indeed complement the outcome of the medical treatment.
Vinci Hair Clinics offer both medical and surgical treatments for hair loss. If you would like to consider a combined approach, the experts at the clinic can offer their advice and help you decide on the combination of treatments to achieve your desired outcome.