Treatment options for your hair
Cosmetic hair treatments can be broken down into two categories: hair restoration procedures and hair removal procedures.
Hair loss is experienced by both men and women, and patients of both sexes have a range of options to consider. Surgical micrografting techniques and laser hair loss treatments are the two most common approaches used today.
Electrolysis, laser hair removal and intense pulsed light (IPL) therapies are commonly used to get rid of unwanted body hair. These techniques can be used on any area of the body, including the brow and face, chest, neck, back, legs and pubic zone.
An Overview of Hair Treatment Types
Surgical micrografting is commonly used to restore hair to large, barren areas. Your surgeon will harvest hairs from a densely covered part of your head – typically the sides and/or back – then implant the harvested hair in bald areas to create a dramatically improved appearance.
Laser hair replacement surgery is used to treat both male and female hair loss; it works best when applied to regions that are thinning but not barren. Essentially, the laser acts to stimulate blood flow to dying follicles, which, in turn, rejuvenates them and promotes thicker hair growth. Ongoing treatment is necessary to maintain your results and prevent further hair loss.
To achieve hair removal, you'll probably choose one of three popular techniques: electrolysis, laser hair removal or intense pulsed light therapy. Electrolysis uses a thin probe to deliver a jolt of electricity to the hair follicle, damaging or destroying the hair growth. Laser hair removal uses focused beams of light to deliver an intense pulse of heat to the hair follicle, which kills the hair at its root. IPL treatments use a similar strategy, but the pulsed light isn't quite as sharply focused, making it less expensive and, according to scientific and anecdotal evidence, slightly less effective. It is, however, cheaper than laser treatments.
Are You a Candidate for Hair Treatment?
Anyone who is in good overall health and dissatisfied with their thinning or lost hair is a candidate for a hair loss remedy. Similarly, anyone who wants a longer-lasting alternative to shaving or waxing is a good candidate for electrolysis, laser or IPL hair removal.
Laser and IPL hair removal treatments can affect skin pigmentation, though, so you should heed the advice of your doctor. Historically, patients with light skin and dark hair have been considered ideal candidates for these procedures, since the techniques they use are more effective on darker hair colors due to the selective targeting action of the lasers or light pulses. However, technological improvements have made these treatments viable for a wider range of patients; consult a specialist to evaluate your candidacy.