Hair Loss: Treatments That Really Work

By: Doctor Robert Leonard

The loss of one’s hair for almost anyone can be horrible. Fifty percent of men and one-quarter of women have genetic hair loss, which is, by far, the most common cause of hair loss.  In fact, it’s 98%.  The huge problem with hair loss is that it continues. Without appropriate, proven medical treatment, it will get worse each and every year. Another frightening statistic about hair loss is when one first notices his or her thin hair, already 50 % of the hair has already fallen from one’s scalp, in other words, half is gone before it is recognized!

What Can I do About My Hair Loss?

For more than 25 years, I have been treating men and women with hair loss. One of the most important facts I tell my patients is, if they do nothing to treat their thinning hair today, I can promise them they will have less hair on their heads next year. There is no question about it.

What are Some Things I can do About My Hair Loss?

There are only three medically- and scientifically-proven treatments for hair loss that do not involve hair restoration surgery:

  • Rogaine Foam
  • Propecia
  • Low Level Laser Therapy

These are the ONLY options that you should consider and spend money on to treat hair loss. There are thousands of “alleged” treatments that can be seen on-line that state they treat hair loss, but they do not. They sound unbelievable - and they are.

What are Hair Transplants?

The gold standard in restoring one’s lost locks is hair transplant surgery (also called hair restoration surgery).  There are two types of procedures, which move genetically impervious follicles from the back and sides of one’s scalp to the areas that are thin or bald:

  • The Traditional Harvest Technique (Strip)
  • The Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Technique, using the NeoGraft Device

How do I Find the Right Hair Transplant Doctor?

One of the biggest and most important decisions that a prospective hair transplant patient needs to decide is who should be performing this wonderful life changing, procedure on them. 

As with any type of surgery, the surgeon should:

  • Be board certified in the field of the procedure, (i.e. in hair restoration surgery)
  • They should be experienced with a great many years practicing that particular type of surgery
  • They should be understanding and compassionate in realizing how hair loss can affect men and women
  • They should be extraordinarily well trained and should participate in both teaching and learning in all of the techniques in hair restoration
  • They should be expertly proficient in all types of transplant techniques
  • Additionally, they should be ethically above board, honest, and realistic in his dealings with patients

Don’t be confused by misrepresentation, inaccurate advertising, or less-than-honest information about this very specialized field of cosmetic surgery.  Treat only reputable, long-standing experts in this field to experience the comfort in stopping your hair loss and/or the excitement of re-growing your own hair once again. 

For more information on hair loss options, contact Dr. Robert Leonard. Dr. Robert Leonard is cosmetic surgeon and former president of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.