A Disappearing Act

Restoration Opportunities

Posted on 2017-10-16

If you read the previous articles regarding hair loss you now know how seriously the concept of going bald is taken. Despite the lack of life threatening side-effects of hair loss, individuals that are suffering clearly will go to great lengths and extreme sacrifices to attain their normal hair again.

With that in mind, an entire industry has sprung up. Where there is a need and finance, there is always someone willing to accommodate the needy. This hair restoration industry is worth almost $2 Billion in annual revenue, worldwide.

While men are more likely to seek hair restoration than women, there are still a significant number of both genders interested in pursuing it. The number of individuals specifically seeking restoration surgery increases year-over-year. This number increased over 50% between 2014 and 2016 (397,048 to 635,189) on a global scale.

There are a few non-surgical options available when attempting to regrow or maintain your youthful locks. These range from sprays to pills and all the way to lasers.

Namely, finasteride (Propecia) and minoxidil (Rogaine) are the only products clinically proven and approved for the treatment of hair loss while the HairMax LaserComb is the only laser therapy that has been approved by the FDA.

Propecia is a pill that you take daily in a 1mg dose that works by lowering your DHT levels. It is commonly held that Propecia only prevents further hair loss; however, there are studies that show it may actually achieve a measure of regrowth. Studies have proven that, at the very least, it reduces further hair loss in approximately 85% of patients.

Rogaine on the other hand is a topical treatment that is applied directly to your scalp where you are losing, or have completely lost, hair. Studies have shown less resoundingly positive results from minoxidil and unfortunately in most cases it will lead to, at least initially, further balding. You may end up growing some of the hair that it killed back, however, and then some more.

Most alarmingly, with both finasteride and minoxidil, once you stop using them it does not take long at all for all of your progress to completely disappear. If you want to take these steps, understand that it is a life long investment.

Despite being commonly utilized to remove hair growth, lasers are being marketed to help you grow your hair. These laser hair treatments come in both in-home and in-office solutions which drastically vary in prices from $150 for a hand-held device, to $1500 for a helmet, to an average of $4000 per year for a doctor or salon visit. Strangely enough, as previously stated, the HairMax LaserComb has been approved by the FDA. Approved for safety, if you read the fine print -- not effectiveness. At least it won't kill you, but you may still be bald.

There are many natural and holistic remedies that can be found all over the internet. Too many to count, one may say. Unfortunately nothing in this list, from saw palmetto to thickening shampoos, has any hard science behind it. Results vary widely.

Perhaps the most drastic, but inarguably the most effective, way to assist with your hair woes is through surgery. There are a great number of packages, concepts and art forms that go into hair loss surgery; however, at the end of the day they all boil down to relatively the same principle. You take growing hair from one spot and move it to a different spot that does not have hair growth.

Over the years hair loss surgery has not only diminished in price but it has simultaneously increased in effectiveness and availability along with witnessing a noticeable decrease in negative side effects.

The clear down side to surgery is the price tag. A single graft (removal of hair from one spot to another) costs between $1.50 and all the way up to $5 while the average patient requires 1,000 to 3,000 grafts. When you do the math, plan to spend between $1500 all the way up to $15000 for the surgery. Beauty comes with a steep price.

In the end, you could always just look in the mirror and tell yourself that you love you despite your lack of hair. As baldness becomes more socially acceptable, particularly in modern action heroes, perhaps this is the simplest solution to your emotional trauma.

It could even add some years on to your life by avoiding all that intense anxiety every time you pass a mirror.


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