Hair Loss Treatment and Options
By David Aaron Moore
Hair loss treatment is a frequent topic of conversation among men and women. A recent study by Relevant Research shows that 40 percent of all males experience hair loss by age 35 and as much as 65 percent by the age of 60. In females, the numbers are significantly lower, yet additional research has proven that some women will begin to experience hair loss by the age of 50.
Here are some treatments and options that are available for hair loss:
Initially used for treatment of prostate issues, it was discovered that Propecia also had an unexpected side effect: hair growth. It comes in a pill form that is taken once daily and is only available by prescription. It is not generally recommended for women. It ranges in price from approximately $90 for a 30-day supply and as much as $280 for a 90-day supply.
Undoubtedly the most well-known medicinal treatment available for hair loss, Rogaine comes in topical form, and must be applied twice daily to thinning scalp areas. It works best in men who do not have extremely advanced male pattern baldness, and it is also available formulated for women. If you stop using it, your hair will fall out again. And for some people, it simply doesn't work at all. Prices vary: For women it's generally around $25 for a monthly supply, and for men it is around $50.
A less common form of hair loss treatment, grafting involves surgically cutting a section of hair-covered skin close to the balding area. The section is rotated onto the balding area. This can be an extremely effective procedure, but it is costly--sometimes as much as $5,000.
In this also lesser practiced procedure, the scalp is "tightened," allowing hair-bearing skin from the back and sides of the head to be closer to the crown of the head -- generally one of the beginning locations of typical male pattern baldness. This too, can be remarkably successful but costly as well. It generally ranges from $2,000 to $10,000.
The best tried and true hair loss treatment known to date: the good old fashioned hair transplant. The method involves picking up hair plugs and moving them from places like the back of the scalp near the base of the neck and planting them into the balding areas. It can often involve multiple surgeries and tops out the price list. Prices can range up to $15,000.
If you decide to seek professional treatment, do it for yourself and not because of outside peer pressure. Research the specialists in the Atlanta area, so you'll feel comfortable you're getting the very best.
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