Are you suffering from hair loss, but are not sure which treatment is the best solution for your needs? There are a huge number of solutions to hair loss which are available on the market, from innovative hair transplants similar to those performed at our clinics here at Longevita to hair weaving and even BioFibre hair transplants, all of which have different benefits for the patient. In order to help you make a more informed decision when it comes to your hair loss, we’ve put together a quick comparison of all of the different types of alternative solutions to hair loss for you to choose from.
Here at Longevita, we pride ourselves on the quality of the hair transplant procedures that we carry out at our clinics in Izmir and Istanbul. We ensure that the procedures are only performed by the world’s most sought-after surgeons, and always ensure that the technique that we use is the ideal choice for each individual patient’s needs. There are a number of techniques to choose from, including Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), Direct Hair Implantation (DHI), Unshaven Hair Transplant (UFUE), amongst many others. A hair transplant simply moves follicles from a permanent zone on the scalp and these follicles are then planted in any areas where hair growth is limited and/or balding is apparent.
In terms of original hair growth, a hair transplant offers very high levels of growth offering a very natural appearance. The side effects of a hair transplant are minimal and often rare, with scarring being a slight possibility. Maintaining the hair transplant is just as simple as your everyday hair care routine, although we do offer some specific advice in order to ensure your hair grows back as naturally as possible straight after the procedure. You are able to cut and style the hair as normal, and the life of the hair after growth is permanent, while costs for a hair transplant procedure remain moderate.
Those who are experiencing early signs of hair loss may not want to opt for a full hair transplant and instead will turn to some forms of medicine, such as minoxidil and finasteride, which have been proven to help improve hair growth. In terms of original hair growth, medicine offers medium growth offering a natural looking, but thin appearance. Side effects are possible in the long term, as with any form of medicine, and long-term maintenance is required. Cutting and styling of the hair will also be possible in the long-term, but unlike a hair transplant where results can be seen quickly, medicine can take a lot longer for the hair to grow back to its full potential. One benefit to opting for medicine for hair loss is that the cost is typically low, and the life of the hair growth will continue for as long as the medicine remains in use.
PRP therapy is a natural hair loss solution, which is ideally suited to those in the early stages of hair loss, who do not yet require a hair transplant. Original hair growth offered by PRP therapy is high, and the appearance of the hair once new growth begins to appear is natural – however, this is often much thinner than what a hair transplant can provide. Due to the process of PRP therapy using platelets from the patient themselves, the risk of side effects and rejection are very low. However, it is important to maintain PRP therapy over the long term in order to achieve the best results, whereas a hair transplant can be carried out once with permanent effects.
Cutting and styling of the hair are similar to medicine in that it is possible in the long-term as the hair grows back again and that the cost of PRP therapy is relatively low. However, the life of hair after grow is relatively short, which is why it is important to have this treatment continually. It is often recommended that patients have 5-6 months of sessions in order to obtain the best results from PRP therapy.
Hair bonding is the application of hair glue to artificial hair which is then glued onto a person’s head. This treatment is not a frequently used alternative solution to hair loss, as the procedure can come with a number of complications. Firstly, the hair is not original and the appearance after the procedure is very unnatural. Further to this, hair bonding can cause a series of allergies and even traction hair loss – which technically counters the purpose of having hair bonding in the first place. Frequent adjustments are also required, but you are unable to cut or style the hair as you please. The cost of hair bonding is relatively moderate, and you will experience no further hair growth once the bonding has occurred.
Hair weaving is very similar to hair bonding, but instead of glueing on the hair, the weave is stitched onto the patient’s remaining hairs. The hair is not original and is very unnatural in appearance, with the possibility of traction hair loss and even allergies. A weave requires frequent maintenance and adjustments, and while the cost is moderate, you will experience no extra hair growth and you will be unable to cut or style the hair.
BioFibre Hair Transplant
The BioFibre hair transplant is an innovative method, which allows biocompatible artificial hair to be implanted into the scalp. While some believe that this is an ideal method for those who suffer from balding in almost all parts of the scalp, the hair growth from a BioFibre hair transplant is very unnatural as the hair is not original. Since the treatment began, there have been a high number of incidents including severe allergic reactions and rejections. While this type of hair transplant, when it does work, requires no maintenance, it is important to remember that if the new hair is cut, due to it being artificial, it is unable to grow back so any styling of the hair is permanent. The cost of a BioFibre hair transplant is moderate.
Synthetic hair wigs are a common alternative for many men and women who are looking to hide their balding patches. It is important to remember that while some hair wigs can look great, they are very unnatural, and can even result in increased dandruff and traction hair loss. You will also need to put the wig on and take it off every day, and while you may be able to choose a number of different wigs in different styles, you are unable to style the wig itself.
As you can see, there are a broad number of alternatives when it comes to alternative solutions to hair loss, but it is often advised that for the most natural-looking results which you can find at an affordable budget, a hair transplant is the best solution. To book a consultation with an expert patient consultant, get in touch on 0845 5198 948.