The Root Cause
Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Hair Loss (and the Top Strategies for Regaining and Maintaining Lush Locks)
At the Doctor's Office
In terms of oral prescription treatments, finasteride—better known by the brand names Propecia and Proscar—is highly effective in men. However, finasteride blocks the body's conversion of male sex hormone testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (which causes hair follicles to shrink). This is a treatment is not recommended for most women, as it has been associated with high rates of birth defects and it greatly alters sex hormones, thus requiring very careful monitoring by an endocrinologist.
For those who have androgenetic alopecia or who have lost such a significant amount of hair that they feel surgery is warranted, NeoGraft offers a new, less-invasive hair-transplant option. Compared to the older "strip" method of hair transplantation (where a wide horizontal swath of well-growing hair was cut from the back of the scalp and sutured into bald or thinning areas), NeoGraft entails harvesting small 1-millimeter-wide circles and implanting hairs onto your thinner spots. The procedure, done with just local anesthesia, is highly effective, says Beverly Hills–based plastic surgeon Ronald Moy, M.D., who has performed many of the procedures. "Generally, more than 98 percent of transferred follicles 'take' and begin to grow hair," says Moy.
As with any surgery, there's a risk of complications and NeoGraft can get pricey. Each graft can cost from $2 to $10 each, in general, with a total price of $2,000 to $15,000.
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