It is a saying that good or bad hair can make our day. So it could be terrifying enough how our hair looks can affect our days, let alone our life! And that is why hair loss is bad news to all of us. Lack of hair can ruin how we look and our self esteem, and ultimately it could change life in a way we could never imagine. So naturally, we’d want to put an end to hair restoration or prevent it from aggravation.
Fortunately, there are many ways to stop the hair loss process and to get our old looks back. Now you might be thinking “there’s no way i’m getting surgery for my hair loss”, but there’s no need to worry, not all hair loss treatment options are surgical ones like hair transplant.
Stay tuned to learn about all 6 non surgical hair loss treatments. That’s right, 6 ways of helping your hair’s hot looks back.
What is considered Non-surgical hair loss treatment?
There are numerous ways of non-invasive hair restoration at your disposal. Although hair loss is a common phenomenon in men and women, the approach to the same problem differs between genders and individuals. Plus, not all methods are recommended to everybody.
Mainly the major difference between surgical and non-surgical hair loss treatments is their lasting period. For now, the only permanent solution for hair loss is a hair transplant and other surgical options. On the other hand, non-surgical options require repairing sessions. So if your chosen treatment needs a few sessions to show you the final result and you should go through the same procedure a few months later, be sure that it is a non-surgical hair loss treatment. Even if it includes needles or it must be operated by a doctor in a hospital or clinic.
You should decide which treatment is more suitable for you, considering your medical and health conditions. Studying all methods and consulting with a specialist like a dermatologist or SMP artist can aid you choose the right solution.
Some of these methods are clinical and have their benefits and disadvantages. By gaining information on the non-invasive and invasive hair loss treatments, you can make a better decision.
Non-surgical hair loss treatments benefits
Although methods are different, there are a few advantages to doing any non-invasive hair loss treatment. The first and main reason for that is just being non-invasive because wherever there is a knife, there are always risks and side effects. Here we’ll take a look at what all these non-surgical treatments have in common.
- Instant Results: The outcome of non-surgical hair loss treatments shows itself quicker than surgery. With a faster result, you can get back to your daily activities sooner.
- An insignificant amount of pain: Pain can be a big problem. Some people just accept their fate as bald people just because they cannot go through the pain of hair transplant. So if the pain is a major factor for you, the good news is you do not have to endure pain in non-invasive treatments. Non-surgical hair loss treatments either have no pain at all or the pain is so little that anyone can tolerate it, even without local anesthesia.
- Affordability: Surgical treatments can be expensive. They require some procedures (such as hospital expenses, anesthesia, technicians, and specialists) that will charge the patient heavily, while non-surgical treatments usually take place in clinics. Therefore other hospital expenses including medications and aftercare costs will be eliminated. That being said, let’s add that it does not mean non-surgical treatments are cheap or you can get them done outside of a clinic.
- Guaranteed Results: In surgical methods, with all the pain and cost, there is little guarantee that hair will be the same as natural hair. It needs more than a few sessions to see the expected results. Also, the care routine after surgical treatments is highly sensitive, and not following it correctly can eradicate the whole effort. On the other hand, clinical treatment needs no special aftercare and the outcome is visible almost right after the process.
Non-surgical hair loss treatments disadvantages
With all their perks, non-invasive treatments are not without flaws either; Though it is not comparable to surgical methods.
For instance, one of the side effects of Minoxidil medication for hair loss is scalp irritation or unwanted hair growth on face or hands. In some cases, it could also cause increased heart rate.
Or in laser light therapy some aftercare precautions are needed. It could be done at home too. To get a better result, you may need to use a hand-held device for up to 15 minutes a day, for a minimum of three days a week. So if you can not afford to do this procedure, think of another method, especially because the result depends on your aftercare.
But in general, these are the cons to non-surgical treatments. Let’s take a look at them:
- As we mentioned before, non-surgical solutions will not last forever. At best, all hair replacement treatments can last a couple of months to a few years until you feel the need to pay another visit to the clinic.
- Your natural hair can be another issue for non-surgical treatments. Your hair continues to grow and needs trimming, but the other parts which were healed, will not. So you need a special haircut from a specialist hair styler who knows your conditions and has the knowledge to preserve your hair while grooming it. This, of course, is not a problem for those who go through the micropigmentation method, simply because they are completely bald.
- Some non-surgical hair loss treatments also require careful maintenance and attention. To extend their lifespan you should take good care of them constantly. This means following daily or weekly maintenance routine and spending more hours in front of bathroom mirrors. If you can go through all this aftercare then, non-surgical methods will not bother you at all.
Non-surgical hair loss treatment options
Treatments like mesotherapy, plasma therapy, or even scalp micropigmentation are all clinical non-invasive treatments for hair loss. There are also other ways, like medications and special hair care routines. Sometimes (if you are lucky) you can even hit the brakes to get bald just by changing your shampoo. So knowing the very first reason why you are facing this condition is the first step. By studying different methods, the solution will reveal itself eventually.
Medications for hair loss
One of the easiest ways to prevent hair loss and to boost hair regrowth is medication. Consuming medications is easy and inexpensive in comparison to other methods. In some cases all that is needed is completing a medication period and for other cases, medication comes as aftercare to stabilize the treatment effects. Some medications which are efficient for hair loss are more known than the other. For instance, minoxidil and finasteride are the only two FDA-approved hair loss medications currently available on the market.
Minoxidil also is known as Rogaine. Since it was created back in the 50s, it was considered one of the origins of hair loss treatment; although back then it was only prescribed as a cure to ulcers. After its hair loss treating capability was discovered, its name was changed to Rogaine. It is still a mystery how taking this medication can lead to hair regrowth, but doctors believe it is because of blood vessel dilation.
Male baldness is usually caused by miniaturizing of hair follicles; so it becomes more difficult for blood vessels to deliver blood to the follicles. Eventually, this leads to the follicles’ death and hair loss. But with minoxidil and the blood vessels dilating, it is easier to deliver oxygen and vital nutrients to the follicles. In simple terms, Rogaine doesn’t stop the cause of hair fall; instead, it works by enabling hair follicles to survive in a hospitable environment.
Cosmetic hair loss treatment
There are many non-surgical hair loss treatments. Some of them even include Zen mood and candles to focus on follicles and encourage them to grow, well whatever works for you! But here we introduce more practical ones with more promising results. We may have said this before, but again not all these treatments are suitable for you. With a better understanding of what causes your hair loss and consulting with a specialist, you may have a better chance of choosing the right treatment for you.
Scalp micropigmentation also known as hair tattoo is a good treatment for completely bald people, clients suffering thinning hair and scars. In the scalp micropigmentation process, instead of actual hair, only pigments are injected under the skin. After two or three sessions it looks as if you have shaved your hair, and not lost it fully.
This method is non-surgical and during the procedure only pigments are applied to the epidermal layer of the scalp, effectively replicating the appearance of natural hair follicles. Aside from other benefits of micropigmentation, such as better looks and more confidence, this treatment can also be used to hide scars from former injuries or medical head surgeries.
Anyone suffering baldness, thinning hair or head scars, can use scalp micropigmentation to give their hair more voluminous looks or to hide their scars. SMP treatments need repairing and recovery sessions once in a while.
Mesotherapy, in short, is just injecting needles under the skin. The content in the syringe is different for a variety of purposes. The injected solution contains chemicals, minerals, amino acids, vitamins, nucleic acids and coenzymes tailored to suit your specific needs.
In addition to treating wrinkles and removing unwanted fat, mesotherapy is also used to treat hair loss from Alopecia. The treatment injects natural plant extracts, vitamins, or medicines like finasteride and minoxidil into the head. So basically, instead of taking the pill, it is injected under bald parts of the scalp to dilate the blood vessel to speed up the result. Microinjections are made just beneath the epidermis to stimulate the mesoderm layer. It is a dual-action process involving both chemical and mechanical stimulation. Injecting minoxidil corrects hormone imbalances in and around the hair follicle, delivers nutrients to the hair and improves blood circulation.
Needles used in mesotherapy are really thin, so the pain is insignificant. If you are considering this method as your treatment, make sure to get this done in a clinic with a skilled practitioner.
Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
As the name suggests, low-level laser therapy or LLLT is weakened rays of laser radiated to the scalp. This intensity of the laser is low, it will not hurt the scalp, burn the tissue, or simply increase the temperature. The laser rays in LLLT boost blood flow to hair roots, bringing nutrients and energy that hair needs to grow. The process may encourage more hair follicles to grow, speed up how fast cells reproduce or improve how well cells work.
LLLT is a more simple method and if you want, with the right tool, you can do this at home with a laser comb, headband, or a small helmet. Many people use LLLT only because it could be a home treatment. But LLLT should be done regularly to gain the proper result. Each session could last about 15 minutes, three times a week.
The result of low-level laser therapy shows up after about six months of doing the treatment regularly. You can have thicker fuller hair. And if you had intense hair loss, the speed should be decreased by then. Of course, LLLT is not useful when you are completely bald.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP)
Plasma therapy is the most used clinical method to help hair regrowth. In the PRP process, the doctor takes a few blood samples from you, right into the blood centrifuge. Blood will keep spinning until the platelets separate from other cells which are plasma. The separation increases the number of platelets. After that, the doctor will put the platelets back into the plasma. Now the blood sample is ready to be injected under the scalp skin.
The platelets injected under the scalp help heal hair loss. They now have hundreds of specialized proteins. The idea is that the growth factors help create or stimulate new hair follicles.
The plasma therapy is now specifically for hair loss. It was not even invented as a hair treatment. Plasma therapy was usually used in healing open wounds, tendon tears, and arthritis pain. Hair loss just happened to be one of the many issues PRP can help with.
This method is still considered new and there is not any process for that. Each doctor will recommend the number of sessions you may need to gain results and it should be recovered after a couple of months to boost the hair growth. After a while, you can sense thicker fuller hair. The PRP process has no side effects, although it could be painful.
Sometimes all we need to do for preventing or slowing down hair loss, is take more care of our hair. With extra attention and a good hair routine, you can witness great results. Before we walk into our options, let’s review the reasons why we may lose our hair.
Sometimes hair loss is just a consequence. It could be a sign of health issues or a response our body is giving us. Hair loss could be a result of changing abnormal minerals in our blood cell, the side effect of medicines, or simply just stress and lack of sleep. So it seems necessary that before any attempt to try a clinical treatment we make sure more simple ways are out of the option.
Here are some ways to stop hair loss without any clinical treatment.
Nutrition and dieting
Our body needs certain amounts of nutrition to stay active and healthy. Lack of enough proteins found in foods like fish, eggs and beans, can cause energy loss, fragile nails and losing hair. Also maintaining the right levels of iron, zinc and vitamins A, B, C, and folic acid is essential for healthy skin and shiny hair.
Any change in food diet could lead to a major effect. For instance, hair loss is common among those who have recently changed their diet to vegetarian. So if you plan to lose some weight or change your food diet make sure it is approved by a nutritionist so you would have all the minerals your body needs.
Hair Care routines are the secret to having long-lasting hair. A suitable hair care routine not only can save you from hair loss, but it can also guarantee you will not lose any more hair at an older age.
There are various hair care routines, each one for a different type of hair. By consulting with a specialist you can diagnose your hair type and follow certain steps, daily or weekly to protect your hair.
Using specified shampoos and conditioners is another way to stop hair loss. Some shampoos are specially designed to put a stop to hair loss. They have vitamins, antioxidants and amino acids in them.
Usually, routines like using shampoos containing Biotin and decreasing using hair dryers would have a major effect on hair loss. There are also many educational articles around the web which recommend routines for different hair conditions. Make sure you take a look at them.
Natural supplements and boosters
Some hair masks could be useful for hair loss too. Although assisting natural supplements as a hair mask is considered as an auxiliary solution, it is quite helpful. Alongside other hair care routines or clinical treatments, using supplements as boosters can speed up the healing process of hair loss.
Which non-surgical hair loss treatment is right for me?
You can educate yourself by understanding the different methods and how they function. We have gathered all the data on different non surgical hair loss treatments in this chart so that in one look, features of each treatment could be found.
|Treatment||Healing process||Side effects||Suitable for||Pain amount||Expenses|
|Medications||Slow / the result is visible after a month but medications should continue for months||-Scalp irritation|
-Unwanted hair growth on face and arms
|Partial hair loss / weakened hair roots with non-genetic hair loss||Zero||Low|
|Scalp micropigmentation||Fast / results are visible after 2 or 3 sessions||-Redness|
-Sensitivity to sunlight a couple of days after the treatment
|Completely bald scalp||No pain with numbing||Medium|
|Mesotherapy||Fast / results are visible after 2 or 3 sessions||-Sensitivity|
-Bumps on the injection area
|Partial hair loss / weak hair roots||Injection pain||High|
|Low-Level laser Therapy||Slow / results are visible after 6 months||All laser side effects if not applied properly||Partial hair loss / weak hair roots||Zero pain||High but lower than other clinical treatments|
|Platelet-rich plasma therapy||Fast / depends on hair condition, results are visible after 2 or 3 sessions||-Sensitivity|
-Bumps on the injection area
|Serious hair loss / partial baldness||Injection pain||High|
|Lifestyle changes like haircare||Slow / 6 months and more||No side effects||Any hair conditions except complete baldness||Zero pain||Low but this treatment requires constant care|
Although there are many ways to heal hair loss, some treatments can be more suitable for your hair condition. Only by understanding each method function, you can choose your best treatment. All that being said, keep in mind that hair loss can also be covered by cosmetic methods such as hair extensions, color hair sprays or even wearing wigs. The most important thing is, in this era with all these options at our hands, there is no need in accepting our fate as it is; now we can change it in the way we want.
If you are still unsure about which non-surgical treatment to choose, you can Book a Free consultation session with ELKA SMP.