Scientific Balding Breakthroughs for 2020

With mounting evidence stating that hair loss decreases self-esteem, there has never been more pressure to have a full head of hair. Whether it’s for dating app photos, corporate headshots for LinkedIn, or Instagram selfies, maintaining a luscious, youthful hairline is critical for the modern life that is emerging. 

Think of Andre Agassi, who said his hair loss as a young man was like losing a part of his identity. If you magnify his woes to the digital age, it’s not hard to imagine why hair loss has such a devastating effect on self-confidence. 

It’s becoming evident that young people are more distressed about a receding hairline or thinning hair. With significant relationships initiated later in life than ever before, single men and women see pattern baldness as a lifestyle issue when they reach their 30s and 40s. Although hair loss affects one in two men over 50 and half of all women after 65, science has yet to discover a convenient, low-risk drug to resolve baldness.

Looking Back

Medical history dating back to 1550 BCE reveals ancient Egyptians tried rubbing ground donkey hooves or hippo fat into their scalps to treat a balding head. Today, two prominent drugs, finasteride and minoxidil, are marginally effective at stopping hair loss. Also, these drugs come with unpleasant side effects like erectile dysfunction, and finasteride is not suitable for women.

Combating Hair Loss

A critical factor in our ineffectiveness at preventing hair loss is that we understand so little about the molecular structures that underpin hair growth in humans. A single hair follicle is an individual organ that operates on a unique growth cycle during a person’s lifetime. As we age, some follicles become sensitive to hormonal changes, which can bind some until they can’t produce visible hair. Because hair loss is largely an aesthetic issue, funding to correct this problem has little academic or industry funding. Although patient demand is high, scant research to produce a drug to resolve hair loss is available. Nor is it likely anytime soon, because insurance companies don’t cover this cosmetic concern.

What Can You Do Today?

With no drug to prevent hair loss, cosmetic medicine is working to fill the void. Although optimal treatments may take some time, some hair loss treatments are earning outstanding reviews.

PRP Injection

Because PRP (platelet-rich plasma) has incredible restorative powers, it is an effective treatment for hair loss. This procedure will promote hair growth while strengthening hair follicles. It does not require surgery, only extracting a small amount of blood, separating the platelets, and injecting the resulting PRP into the treatment site. Benefits include no downtime or recovery, with little to no discomfort and an increase in hair volume.

Capillus Laser Cap

This groundbreaking technology allows men and women to use low-level light to stimulate growth cells in their hair follicles. It is convenient because you can conceal the device inside any cap or hat, is FDA-cleared, and has no side effects.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

This minimally invasive procedure extracts donor hair in a transplant operation. It is less invasive and offers minimal recovery than strip harvesting, and Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery uses advanced technology to provide exceptional outcomes. It provides benefits including permanent results, no visible scarring, natural appearance, and an outpatient procedure.

Strip Method

This method is for patients who need plenty of follicles at once. It grafts follicles into the balding areas by cutting out a strip of the scalp and positioning it in the recipient area. A wound will result that requires sutures or staples for the shortest linear scar possible.

Learn More

If you would like more information about medical-grade hair restoration, contact Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and MedSpa for a consultation today.