There are many options for people who suffer from acute hair loss. Cosmetic treatments for hair loss exist such as hair transplants or Platelet Rich Plasma injections and there are also less invasive options such as hair fiber powders, hairpieces, wigs, hair extensions, shampoos, and laser treatments.
Hair-fiber powders: Colored, powdery fiber sprinkles are commercially available and may work to camouflage balding and thinning areas. These colored sprinkles have special properties that help them attach to hair and provide a fuller appearance. Toppik is one manufacturer of these products and can be found online. These cosmetic products are available without a prescription, are fairly inexpensive ($20-$40 range), and quite safe with minimal risk. Often these may be used in addition to medical treatments like Rogaine, Propecia, and hair transplants, and they are a great temporary measure to tide one over for special occasions.
Hairpieces are another option. However, most people find hairpieces to be a lot of work and a less desirable option if we are talking about toupes. Most of the time, hairpieces also end up being more costly that alternative hair loss remedies. While hair extensions show promise in densing up the mane, they also contribute to traction alopecia, which will ultimately result in further hair loss. Quality varies considerably with price; also, hairpieces and weaves may stretch, oxidize, and loosen.
Hair transplant surgery approaches include Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Strip Harvest (FUT). Transplant procedures have improved greatly in recent years and are now nearly undetectable. They can produce much more attractive and natural-looking results than older methods that sometimes leave a "checkerboard" or hair plug look. Many transplant patients now take Propecia to maintain or keep what they've transplanted. When considering a hair transplant, check the surgeon's credentials and experience carefully. Dr. John Kahen M.D., hair restorations surgeon at Beverly Hills Hair Restoration, utilizes micro grafts, which are some of the newest techniques whereby he transplant single one to two hair follicles. Hair transplants may be very expensive and time-consuming procedures ranging widely anywhere from $4,000-$20,000, depending on the number of hair grafts transplanted.
Platelet Rich Plasma, often termed as SmartPRP® is another hair loss and hair thinning non-surgical alternative. It is concentrated blood plasma that contains five to 10 times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood. SmartPRP® contains white and red blood cells and it contains cells known as platelets. Platelets play a significant role in the human body. They are the reason your body has the ability to heal itself at the site of a wound. Platelets contain growth factors that promote regeneration of the cells in the body and also assist in clotting the blood, which is essential for the body to heal wounds. The SmartPRP® is injected into the scalp to stimulate hair growth, thicken hair follicles, and promote speedy recovery when used in combination to hair transplant surgery. The procedure takes about an hour and is normally $1,500- $2,000. Frequency depends on desired density, but most patients can agree that one session per year can suffice.