Hair transplants and the alternatives: What are my options?

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One of the most disconcerting things that could happen to anyone is hair loss, especially if it happens at a young age. The next course of action for some is a FUE hair transplant, but it can prove too expensive for others. As such, here are three other alternatives that you might consider.


Rogaine
Rogaine is probably the most popular drug for hair loss. It is available over the counter and is easily self-administered. Otherwise known as minoxidil, the drug is recommended by the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US. Once you acquire the drug, you will have to apply it on your scalp indefinitely. If you stop at any point, the positive effects will cease.

In theory, it enlarges hair follicles, which then results in the growth of more hair. However, it won’t work if your hairline is receding due to age or another illness. Fortunately, it doesn’t have any noticeable side effects. Nevertheless, you have to be patient as any hair growth may only be visible after four months of constant use. 

Laser light comb 

The laser light comb has to be the easiest alternative to a FUE hair transplant. You merely have to place it on your head for roughly 90 seconds every day. The mechanism of the comb ensures the laser light reaches the hair follicles, which in turn promotes growth. Some products like the HairMax comb have teeth that parts hair to ensure that light goes in as effectively as possible.

There aren’t any noticeable side effects of the technology so far, and the FDA recommends it in the US. The only problem could be that it’s the most expensive option on this list. 

Propecia

Finally, it is critical to discuss propecia, as it is one of the most popular options around the world. Indeed, the drug is so popular that President Donald Trump allegedly uses it.

Also known as finasteride, it slows down the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This stops you from losing more hair, but it also significantly reduces sex drive and could lead to impotence. Other side effects include depression, insomnia, and even memory loss. In fact, the company selling it has received more than 1200 lawsuits in the last eight years.