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Comparing Hair Transplants vs. Hair Loss Treatment

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Science & Humans

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Maria Jacob

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Studies show that 60% of men will lose their hair at some point, with over half of those men experiencing it from the age of 35 (if you’re experiencing hair loss… you’re definitely not experiencing it alone!)

There are a few solutions out there that can help bring back your luscious locks — but how do you know which one to choose?

We’ve outlined the common solutions for hair loss:

Hair Transplants

If you’ve struggled with hair loss, odds are you’ve heard about hair transplants. If you haven’t, let us break it down for you.

Hair transplant surgery works by adding more hair to the thinning areas of your scalp. This hair is pulled from thicker areas or other parts of your body. In 1939, when hair transplants first surfaced, they were planting single strands of hair. Talk about time consuming! Now, the practice has evolved to planting large tufts of hair making the surgery shorter.

The effectiveness of hair transplantation is still not quite clear. It’s proven that hair transplants don’t work for everyone and they can be costly compared to other alternatives. Individuals with dormant hair follicles, thick scalps, scars, widespread thinning and baldness, and those who went through chemotherapy grapple with maintaining the results of hair transplants. These transplants are mainly used to restore hair that is balding or thinning naturally or hair that has been lost due to injury. With that being said, anywhere from 10-80% of transplanted hair will grow back fully in 3-4 months.

Cost: $4,000 to $15,000 per session

Prescription Hair Loss Treatments

If you’re looking for a more affordable, more natural solution, you may want to consider prescription hair treatments. These treatments work to restore the natural health of hair follicles to prevent further hair loss. Ultimately, the continued use of the medications lead to a gradual increase in the amount of hair. Science&Humans offers the only two Health-Canada approved medicines that are actually backed by scientific studies that prove that they work for the majority of the men, who consistently use the treatments. You can start seeing results as early as 4-6 months, with the best results seen around the 12 months mark.

The key to the success of hair treatments lies in proactivity. The sooner you start, the better.

The first Health Canada approved prescription hair loss treatment is a daily dose of 1mg Fiansteride., Finasteride, stops your body from making the hormone at the root of male pattern baldness, DHT (dihydrotestosterone). It’s been proven effective for 90% of men who use them regularly and works best for hair loss at the frontal hairline. Overtime, two-thirds of the men using Finasterideexperience hair re-growth overtime. That sounds like a win to us!

The other topical medication we prescribe at Science&Humans is a custom compouned 5%Minoxidil solution mixed with a 0.1% Finasteride. This solution is is used to stimulate hair growth at the follicles. It’s proven effective for 2 out of 3 men, and usually works best for men experiencing hair loss at the crown.. Like any hair loss medication, the sooner you start, the more effective it is.

If your hair loss is rather severe, and seem to cause overall thinning , combine the topical Minoxidil with the oral Finasteride and you have a hair loss fighting team right in your bathroom.

Cost: $30-$40/month 

So, which do I choose?

Deciding Between Hair Transplants vs Hair Loss Treatments

While both hair transplants and hair loss treatments are viable options, the decision of which one to try is entirely dependent on you. We recommend trying the more affordable option first to see if it works for you and if not, exploring your other options.

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