Weighing Your Hair Loss Treatment Options: Is A Hair Transplant Right For Me?

Weighing Your Hair Loss Treatment Options: Is A Hair Transplant Right For Me?

Hair loss is a concern shared by 60 percent of men around the world, and 50 percent of women will face some form of hair loss or thinning during their life. It’s a common problem globally, and it can be hard to know where to begin.

What causes hair loss?

It may surprise you to learn that the leading cause of hair thinning and loss in both men and women is something known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT). With time, our hair becomes sensitive to DHT, which can cause shriveling and weakening of the hair follicle. An excess of DHT slows down hair production in the follicles, and when this production stops completely, baldness can be the end result.

Existing Hair Loss Treatments

Treatments and remedies for hair loss are as old as the problem. People often use over-the-counter products, supplements, and topical treatments; however, very few of the available products consistently satisfy customers and prove safe & effective.

Hair loss treatments work in many different ways. A hair thinning or hair loss patient may opt for topical treatment and apply a gel or soap to the scalp for hair growth. Some treatments prevent DHT activity, while some are available as over-the-counter products or work as anti-fungals.

Hair loss can be a constant source of pain and trauma, and to get rid of this problem, many people have opted for laser helmets. Essentially, laser helmets help to stimulate scalp health, promoting hair growth. While prices have come down over the last few years, laser helmets are still out of reach for many people; the treatment process can be intensive and a hassle.

Do Hair Transplants Help?

A hair transplant is yet another treatment for hair loss and baldness. Many people go for this surgical treatment thinking that it's the ultimate solution, and for some people it can be.

During a hair transplant surgery, more hair follicles are added to the area of the head affected by hair thinning or balding. A surgeon may take hair either from the thicker parts of the patient’s scalp or some other part of the body. The thicker hair is then grafted into the balding or thinning scalp area.

Also called hair plugs, transplants can be expensive. This surgical treatment can cost from $4,000 to $15,000 per session. Final costs and expenses may even exceed that, depending on:

  • The number of sessions
  • The availability of surgeons in your region
  • The competence of your doctor
  • The surgical technique/method chosen

Since hair transplants are cosmetic procedures, the patient isn't likely to get health insurance to pay for the treatment, and aftercare medications may add to the overall cost.

Do Hair Transplants Work?

Yes, hair transplant work for many people suffering from hair loss…but not all of them. This expensive surgical method is not a good hair loss option for people with dormant hair follicles, for instance. And, hair transplants can be painful. The treatment mainly helps to restore hair loss due to an injury, natural balding or hair thinning. Since the transplant is done with your existing hair, they might not be effective for people with:

  • Thick scalp scars caused by an injury
  • Widespread hair thinning or baldness
  • Hair loss as a result of medications or chemotherapy.

People need to understand that hair transplants do not "cur" hair loss per se. Rather, the process masks the issue (or spot), and hair loss can occur again after some time without treatments that also impact the root causes of thinning: DHT.

Shapiro MD: The Naturally Occurring Solution to Hair Loss

Realizing this, Dr. Steven Shapiro MD, who has clinical experience in hair transplant procedures spanning over 20 years, and Dr. Michael Borenstein, having a research background with a Ph.D. in Pharmacology, developed their own line of haircare solutions for people with thinning or balding hair.

They spent years researching supplements, topical treatments, and therapies for treating thinning and balding hair more naturally. The final product, called Shapiro MD, contains three potent, naturally occurring DHT fighting ingredients. This triple-action sulfate-free formula contains a combination of caffeine, saw palmetto berry extract, and ECGC. While it is difficult to cure baldness outright, a lot can be done to keep your scalp healthy, maintain your existing hair, and even improve your hairline.

Composition of Shapiro MD Products

Shapiro MD’s product line is unique, as we are the only system in the world to use this particular blend and balance of potent natural DHT defense ingredients. Unlike other synthetic treatments, Shapiro MD targets the shedding process by fighting DHT where it matters. It's optimized for growth.

Our scientific work and years of clinical experience led us at Shapiro MD to insist on natural ingredients sourced and manufactured in the US. Saw Palmetto, caffeine, and EGCG all provide the perfect balance of nutrients and moisture to the scalp, hair follicles, and hair. Each Shapiro MD product is free of sulfates, phthalates, and parabens.

We encourage new patients to use Shapiro MD’s Shampoo and Conditioner for six consecutive months. This period is enough to observe the “Pro-Growth” phase and get DHT out of the way to normalize hair follicles.

While most patients see results within a fdew months of use, Drs. Shapiro and Borenstein recommend continued use of the shampoo and conditioner for optimal benefits.

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