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Multi Therapeutic Hair Transplants Tackle Hair Loss And Health

by Ellen Lucas

Hair loss is a major confidence drain for many people. Whether you are experiencing overall thinning or male pattern baldness, looking in the mirror and seeing a lack of body and volume is difficult. If you do not feel comfortable with the changes your body is experiencing, there are numerous options available for recreating a fuller style. For the best results, a combination of techniques may be used as part of a multi therapeutic hair transplant. A multi therapeutic hair transplant moves beyond follicle relocation and adds the benefits of a healthy hair regimen and the use of topical products to promote hair growth and maintenance.

Hair Transplants

With multi therapeutic hair transplants, you do undergo a transplant procedure. However, it only serves as part of the treatment plan. After a consultation, your doctor will help you choose between the two methods for hair transplants, the FUSS or FUE method. 

FUSS stands for follicular unit strip surgery while FUE is short for follicular unit attraction. With a FUSS procedure, an entire strip of tissue is removed from an area of consistent hair growth, such as the back of the head. The strip is dissected into individual sections holding one or multiple hair follicles. These sections are then implanted in the desired areas. With the FUE procedure, follicles are removed individually for implantation. Within a year, most patients see new hair growth from either method.

Topical Treatments

A multi therapeutic approach with a hair transplant typically involves the use of topical products such as minoxidil, a medication more commonly referred to as Rogaine. Minoxidil is available in both over-the-counter and prescription formulations and is frequently used to treat the early stages of hair thinning and balding. After transplants, doctors often prescribe the drug to promote hair growth in the relocated follicles. Use of Rogaine may also promote greater growth in non-balding areas and improve the overall appearance of hair. 

Hair Care Improvements

The multi therapeutic hair transplant approach also touches on lifestyle and diet to identify triggers for hair loss. Genetics are the major contributor to balding, but a variety of other conditions, such as stress, insomnia and illness can play a part in hair thinning and hair loss. Your doctor may recommend supplements, such as vitamins A, C and E, biotin and fish oil, or dietary changes to help promote healthy hair growth. 

Timing Treatment

When you first become concerned about hair thinning, contact your doctor. Balding and hair loss often occurs over a multi-year period. Starting a treatment plan early can help you achieve better long-term results. A doctor will be able to assess your balding and determine if a transplant needs to happen immediately or be considered at a later date in the treatment program.