For men struggling with hair loss, there are a number of hair loss treatment options to help restore a fuller, healthier looking head of hair. Treatments range from surgical procedures to non-invasive procedures to reduce or reverse thinning or balding on areas of the scalp.
As you age you may start losing more of your hair, but there are treatment options that can help slow the process and even reverse the impact of hair loss.
Surgical Hair Regrowth Options
FUT Hair Transplant
ARTAS Robotic FUE Hair Transplant
Non-Surgical Hair Regrowth Options
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
Laser Therapy/Low Level Light Therapy
Restorative Shampoo & Hair Products
Results Timeline: 6 months for significant growth, 12 months for final results
Hair transplantation involves relocating permanently growing hair from a donor area at the back of the scalp to areas of your head that are thinning or balding. Since follicles from these areas are not genetically predisposed to fall out and are unaffected by male pattern baldness and hair loss, they will continue to grow once transplanted to the thinning or balding areas.
As a result, this hair transplant treatment option provides long-term growth of your own natural hair wherever you are experiencing hair loss.
There are two main types of hair transplant options for men considering surgical hair loss treatments:
Historically the more “classic” approach, a Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) procedure includes removing a thin piece of scalp containing your growing hair from the back of the head. The individual hair follicles are extracted from the donor strip and implanted into the area where hair is thinning. This transplant procedure results in a thin, linear scar around 1mm in diameter or less in size which is easily hidden with the surrounding hair.
FUT is a recommended solution for men experiencing significant balding around the crown area of the head to achieve the best coverage and fullness.
Robotic Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a minimally invasive hair transplant process where healthy hair follicles are transplanted to thinning or balding areas of your head.
A state of the art, laser-guided robot extracts individual follicular units, guided by the physician to harvest individual follicles from the donor area. With the ability to identify the best follicular units (hairs) for transplantation, this treatment option provides high-quality grafts for denser, thicker-looking hair without a linear scar.
Using the ARTAS Robotic FUE process, hair follicles are harvested from the scalp in a random pattern to preserve the natural look of your donor area. The result is a fuller, natural-looking head of hair with minimal recovery time and little or no post-procedure pain or scarring.
Both hair transplant methods are effective treatments for men looking to restore thicker, natural-looking hair to areas that are thinning or balding. Learn more about FUT vs. FUE Hair Transplants and how to choose which is right for you.
Results Timeline: 4 months for initial treatments, with ongoing maintenance treatments
The Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) hair restoration process involves injecting your own platelets into thinning areas of your scalp. Stem cells in these platelets help increase blood supply to hair follicles and trigger the hair’s re-growth phase, controlling and maintaining the hair growth cycle to help decrease hair loss. As a result, PRP can restore fuller, thicker hair for men experiencing hair loss.
PRP typically consists of two to three treatments four weeks apart for most people with thinning hair as initial treatment. After these initial treatments, additional treatments are usually scheduled every 4 to 6 months to maintain the results.
Results Timeline: 3-6 months, 12-24 months for full effect
Laser Light Therapy (also known as Low-Level Light Therapy) is a non-invasive hair loss treatment option. The process uses hundreds of laser diodes to stimulate the follicles on your scalp to encourage hair growth.
Some laser therapy options, including Capillus laser light therapy caps, can be worn as a baseball cap and used just a few minutes per day, offering discreet hair loss treatment wherever you go. This treatment option promotes hair regrowth while also preventing further hair loss within 3 to 6 months of treatment.
An attractive bonus of this treatment option for many men is that it does not include any additional medication, surgery, or reported adverse side-effects.
Results Timeline: 6 months to 1 year for full results
Finasteride is a recommended medication treatment for male patients who still have significant hair on their scalp to help reduce thinning and enhance existing fullness.
This medication is usually prescribed to slow the process of hair loss. Finasteride can help maintain and improve hair thickness in conjunction with hair transplantation.
Finasteride is only used in the treatment of male pattern hair loss, and should not be used by women as a hair regrowth treatment option.
In addition to prescription hair loss medications like Finasteride, alternative scalp treatments with medicated formulas are available for men experiencing balding or thinning hair as non-surgical treatment options.
Cole Restore Scalp Treatment is a medicated 5% Minoxidil formula, containing a corticosteroid and retinoid to deeply penetrate the scalp to stimulate hair growth and restore your natural head of hair.
Restorative shampoos can promote healthier hair by improving volume, growth, and circulation of hair follicles. Look for restorative shampoos that include natural ingredients, and avoid chemical emulsifiers, like sulfates, which can cause scalp problems that lead to thinning hair.
Restorative hair conditioners can improve the look and feel of hair by promoting the natural oils of your hair and scalp to improve moisture and hair structure and elasticity. When choosing a restorative conditioner, look for options with all-natural ingredients without any chemical additions, including sulfates.
Cole Clinic’s Restorative Hair Products are medical-grade formulations to assist with hair loss.
In some cases, hair thinning or hair loss can be caused by increased levels of stress. This is common for women experiencing hair loss but can affect men as well. Effectively managing your stress may help restore your thinning hair and help minimize the risk of further hair loss.
Stress management may include:
If you are struggling with hair loss, book a consultation with Dr. Cole today to learn which treatment option can help you restore a healthier head of hair.