The Best NEW In-Office & At-Home Hair Loss Treatments
If you’ve been struggling with increased hair loss over the past two years, you’re not alone. According to experts, stress-induced hair loss has spiked, and for obvious reasons… you know, like a pandemic! Hair loss can be caused by so many different factors, from stress to hormones to genes, but plenty of treatments can help reduce hair loss and increase healthy hair growth. We spoke to Board-Certified Facial Plastic & Hair Surgeon Dr. Gary Linkov, MD, for all the latest treatments. He filled us in on the hottest new advancements…
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As hair loss is a common issue, experts are always experimenting with new technology. One new advancement that has Dr. Linkov’s seal of approval is the Jet Peel PRP device. He explains the “JetPeel is an FDA-approved technology that resurfaces the skin using a two-phase stream. The combination is incorporated into the skin at supersonic speeds. Dead skin cells are exfoliated, and at the same time, treatment is delivered into the scalp where it will stimulate the growth of new hair.”
According to Dr. Linkov, it’s a great pain-free option., “The treatment is delivered into the scalp without the pain of repeated needling, which means greater comfort and more coverage for better results.” You can expect to see results in six weeks; however, it does often require multiple treatments.
As with most hair treatments, it doesn’t guarantee the same results for everyone. Dr. Linkov says the “Best candidates are people with thinning hair but where there are still finer hairs to stimulate.” It’s also a more affordable treatment within the hair loss category, as it typically ranges from $1000-$1500 versus other treatments, which can often set you back around $10,000.
WAW FUE Hair Transplant
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If the Jet Peel doesn’t sound like a perfect fit for you, the WAW FUE Hair Transplant is another new option. Dr. Linkov explains how it works: “Using a Belgium-made FUE extraction device, hair is extracted with no harm to the follicle and leaves the smallest possible scars on the scalp or whichever body area the hair is harvested. This is in part due to the oscillating motion of the device and in part to the trumpeted punch design with the smallest footprint on the market.”
“Hair after a hair transplant grows in about 4-6 months, and full results are seen at 1 year. Best candidates are people with significant thinning or no hair at all at the planned recipient area,” says Dr. Linkov. Although an effective solution, this treatment has a much higher cost. Prices range between $2k to $10k per graft, and each case may require anything from 100 grafts to 3000 grafts and up.
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At-Home Solutions For Hair Loss
If you want to try at-home solutions before committing to an in-office treatment, Dr. Linkov has you covered. Here he lists five of his top at-home treatments for hair loss.
Minoxidil: This topical formulation comes as a solution or a foam that helps thicken hair. Dr. Linkov says it is “Best used as a 5% foam and applied daily to affected areas.”
Finasteride: Finasteride “blocks the conversion to DHT, which reduces the stimulation of follicles to fall out,” says Dr. Linkov. All you do is take one tablet a day. However, it should not be consumed by women who may become pregnant due to the risk of congenital disabilities.
Low-Level Laser Light Therapy: This treatment helps improve circulation and stimulate hair follicles. It’s simply applied to the scalp three times weekly for about fifteen minutes. Dr. Linkov says there are various caps and brushes, all with different diode numbers, and therefore different results. Check out our review of an at-home light therapy device here.
Viviscal: You may have heard of Viviscal before. It’s a biotin-based vitamin that also comes in a professional version that contains a murine complex. Dr. Linkov confirms it is “Well studied to thicken hair, especially in women.” Having tried it ourselves, we can 100% confirm that we noticed fresh hair growth after around three months of taking the supplements.
Nutrafol: Nutrafol is another biotin-based vitamin that can be taken daily to boost the health of hair follicles. It’s suitable for both men and women.
Spironolactone: If you’re female and are concerned about hair loss, Dr. Linkov recommends spironolactone. He explains that it’s “Used mainly in women to slow down the production of androgens, which can reduce shedding, increase hair growth and thicken hair.” Although he does warn that, “Patients taking spironolactone are monitored for hyperkalemia with blood tests.” Read more about spironolactone and how it works here.
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