Hair restoration differs from Hair transplant in that the former does not necessarily require surgical intervention, while the latter does. A better name for hair restoration that requires surgical intervention would be surgical hair restoration.
Apart from surgery, there are some effective treatments for certain types of hair loss. However, some hair loss is permanent. With some conditions, such as patchy alopecia, hair may regrow without treatment within a year. Other non-surgical restorative treatments include shampoos, creams, medications and laser therapy. A hair loss specialist may suggest a combination of these approaches in order to get the best results. Also, some of these approaches may be combined with surgery, the goals of treatment being to promote hair growth or slow hair loss.
If the cause of hair loss is an underlying disease, treatment of that disease is necessary. This may include drugs to reduce inflammation and suppress the immune system. There may also be cases where a certain medication is causing the hair loss. In this case, the use of the medication must be discontinued for at least three months.
There are two approved medications to treat pattern baldness for hair transplant turkey. The first is Minoxidil (Rogaine), an over-the-counter liquid or foam that is rubbed into the twice a day to grow hair and to prevent further hair loss. With this treatment, some people experience hair regrowth, a slower rate of hair loss or both. The effect peaks at 16 weeks and the medication must be reapplied to retain benefits. Possible side effects include scalp irritation, unwanted hair growth on the adjacent skin of the face and hands, and rapid heart rate (tachycardia).
The second is Finasteride (Propecia), a prescription drug in pill form available only to men. Many men taking finasteride experience a slowing of hair loss, and some may show some new hair growth. The drug must be continued to retain benefits. Rare side effects of finasteride include diminished sex drive and sexual function and an increased risk of prostate cancer. Women who are or may be pregnant need to avoid touching crushed or broken tablets.