The 8 categories for hair restoration

 

Just like a stop sign has 8 sides, we categorize the ways to stop hair loss into 8 distinct categories.  We specialize in medical and surgical hair restoration, but facilitate patient preferences for any of the options listed below. We have a network of partners and providers that we work with so that you don’t have to try and navigate on your own.  We know that not all patients desire medical/surgical treatment or they may not be candidates - that’s ok! We will still inform you of your options and help you find the resources you need to make the best decision for you.

Treatment Type

Topical

Description

Topical medicines are applied directly onto the scalp, which includes solutions, creams, shampoos, etc.

Examples

Topical minoxidil, ketoconazole shampoo, tacrolimus cream, squaric acid

Oral

Oral therapies that are ingested by mouth, such as tablets and capsules

Oral minoxidil, spironolactone, tofacitinib, cyclosporine, doxycycline

Injection

Injection-based treatments delivered by a needle directly into scalp for more direct application and less systemic side effects

Oral minoxidil, spironolactone, tofacitinib, cyclosporine, doxycycline

Surgery

Surgical transplantation of hair follicles from one part of the scalp to another. The transplant also includes eyebrow and eyelash transplantation. Forehead reduction surgery can also improve the hairline in women

Strip harvest (FUT) or follicular unit extraction (FUE), forehead reduction surgery

Wellness

Addressing physical, nutritional, and mental well-being is critical for hair health

Mindfulness, dietary counseling, nutritional supplementation

Light

Low-level light therapy (LLLT) uses selective wavelengths of light to stimulate hair growth

Laser caps, combs, or lighting units

Camouflage

Methods to augment the appearance of hair

Scalp micropigmentation, microblading, toppers, keratin fibers, deep conditioning, styling

Clinical Trials

Controlled, supervised trials to investigate new therapies.

Pilaris clinical trials, referral to on-going studies

FACT: Women’s hair loss is treatable but most women don’t seek out treatment.

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