Dr. Arocha Compares Hair Growth Products Against Hair Restoration Procedures By Bernard Arocha, MD on November 12, 2017

If you’re experiencing thinning hair and have begun your research into hair restoration, you may realize just how daunting of a subject it can be. Between all of the medical terminology and the companies trying to sell their miracle cures, figuring out what really works can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack.

So what really works? Are products like Rogaine the answer, or is a more natural means to regrow hair available through vitamins? And how do these methods compare with actual procedures for hair loss? If you’re feeling lost when it comes to hair loss, Dr. Arocha and the experts at Arocha Hair Restoration are here to help.

Hair Growth Products

Despite what you may have read online, there is no miracle cure for hair growth. Introducing extra vitamins into your diet or using products like special oil to cure hair loss simply have not shown proof of their effectiveness in clinical studies. If stopping hair loss was as simple as taking a vitamin, everyone would have a full head of hair and hair loss would be eradicated.

As of today, the only two products FDA-approved for treating hair loss are Rogaine, containing minoxidil - and Propecia, containing finasteride. Together, these two products are clinically proven to combat thinning hair.

Propecia has been shown in clinical trials to regrow hair in both men and women, while Rogaine can slow hair loss and sometimes even regrow hair. When used together, Propecia and Rogaine can make a noticeable difference for those experiencing mild to moderate hair loss. For those experiencing more severe hair loss or looking for a more permanent option, hair restoration procedures may be a better choice.

Hair Restoration Procedures

Unlike hair growth products, hair restoration procedures do not seek to solve or target the underlying causes of hair loss. Instead, hair restoration surgery takes healthy, natural hair from the back and sides of the scalp and transplants them in bald spots and receding hairlines. The resulting effect is natural-looking hair that blends in unnoticeably with surrounding hair. Follicular unit extraction (FUE) and follicular unit transplantation (FUT) are the two main hair restoration surgeries doctors perform and can yield truly transformative results for those experiencing hair loss.

How do they compare?

Hair growth products like Rogaine and Propecia can make a difference if you’ve noticed your hair is thinning. For best results, you will want to begin treatment at the onset of hair loss to stop it in its tracks. Hair restoration procedures can restore lost hair by harvesting and transplanting healthy follicles from elsewhere on the scalp, but won’t actually do anything to prevent further hair loss. Both hair growth products and hair restoration procedures are advantageous options for those combatting hair loss, but the perfect option for you depends on your individual hair loss.

If you’re facing hair loss and are unsure where to turn, Dr. Arocha is here to help. Call Arocha Hair Restoration today at 713-526-HAIR to schedule your consultation with Dr. Arocha and determine a treatment plan to combat your hair loss.

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Since 2002, Bernardino A. Arocha, M.D. has been transforming lives through the power of hair restoration. With an artistic approach and a variety of procedures available, Arocha Hair Restoration has a track record of providing stunning results. Dr. Arocha is affiliated with prominent organizations with memberships that include:

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