Today we are going to discuss is the comparison between Hair transplant & Medications to treat baldness/hair loss. When coming to the medication like Finasteride Propecia & Minoxidil which is the medication readily available in the market to treat hair loss.
Usually, hair grows about half of an inch each month, this process continues for about 5-6 years and then the hair follicles go in rest mode but when the follicles do not generate new hair, the follicles gradually closes. 15% of your hair is always in rest mode.
Coming to Minoxidil (Rogaine) comes in solution and tablets to treat baldness. So either it can be applied topically to the scalp or tablet can be taken by mouth. Minoxidil works by improving the blood circulation to the hair follicles and promotes follicular size and hair diameter of the shaft which stimulates hair growth. Minoxidil is supposed to reverse the size of the follicle eventually that extends each follicle’s growth phase.
It does not cure for hair loss rather it only extends each follicle’s growth phase. If you stop using you will likely be bald again. Plus it is not effective on everyone it may not help ay not help men with severe balding. The main factor is the cost of the medicine which is hard on maintenance. This recurring expense can make holes in pockets as it is not covered by health insurance schemes as it’s considered a cosmetic.
Next comes Finasteride, the cause of male pattern baldness is caused by a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a by-product of testosterone. The medicine hinders the functioning of the enzyme, 5-alpha reductase, which controls the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). By dropping DHT levels in the scalp, it reduces DHT’s harmful effect on hair follicles.
Again the cons of the medicine make it an unsuitable treatment for hair loss. It has some side effects that can affect your personal life like decreased libido; again this is 60% less effective as claimed by the medicine.
What is a hair transplant?
Hair transplant is cosmetic surgery in which the hairs from one part of the body (scalp, chest, legs, beard) are extracted and transplanted on the bald area. Its Natural, safe and painless plus your body hair are used to your baldness. Reasons Why hair transplant? are mentioned below.
- Cost-effectiveness: The cost of the hair transplant seems to be on the pricey side but in long-term, it’s ONE TIME investment, whereas the medicines have recurring expenses which become difficult to bear with time.
- Time: Hair transplant is one-time surgery and you get the results whereas the medicines work only till the time they are ingested.
- Success Rate: Almost 98% of the success rate is earned by hair transplant as it is suitable for men and women whereas the medicines are not effective for everyone.
- Recovery Period: 5-15 days depending on which method is used in doing hair transplant whereas the regular & continuous intake or application of the medicine yield results.
In hair transplant treatment there can be numbness, swelling, bleeding, etc. but these are immediate results of surgery and are healed within 4-5 days with proper medication. So analyzing in long run hair transplant win the game as it is not possible to continue the medicine for the number of years. Make sure that you choose a good and reputed clinic and experienced doctor for a successful treatment.