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6 Treatments for Hair Thinning That May Actually Work

By Taylor Weeks
Here are some of the treatments that may help you get a fuller head of hair.

Want to do something about your thinning hair? The first thing you should do is talk to a dermatologist or trichologist. They can figure out what’s causing your hair loss, and they can recommend treatments that might be right for you. They may suggest options including:

1. Minoxidil (Rogaine). This medication is a foam or a liquid that you put on your scalp. You can buy it over the counter without a prescription. You may have to use it for several months before your hair starts to thicken. If you do regrow hair, you’ll lose it again if you stop taking minoxidil.

2. Finasteride (Propecia). This prescription medication is a pill you take by mouth. You may have to take finasteride for months before you see results, and you’ll lose new hair if you stop taking it.

3. Microneedling. A device with hundreds of tiny needles that you use on your scalp may help hair grow, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The site says research suggests that microneedling may work better if you use it along with another hair loss treatment. You can buy one of these devices without a prescription, but talk to a dermatologist first. They can let you know if it’s safe for you, and they can recommend a specific microneedling device.

4. Hair transplant. This type of surgery can give you lasting results. A surgeon removes individual hairs—or a strip of skin with hairs—from one part of your scalp and transplants them to thinning or balding areas. The surgery takes 4 to 8 hours, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. You need to talk with a dermatologist to find out if this treatment is right for you.

5. Low-level laser therapy. The American Academy of Dermatology says research suggests that this scalp treatment may help the following conditions:

  • Male-pattern hair loss
  • Alopecia areata
  • Hair loss from chemotherapy
  • Healing and hair growth following a hair transplant

You may need to get low-level laser therapy several times a week for months before you notice more hair.

6. Platelet-rich plasma. A dermatologist takes a bit of your blood and puts it in a machine that separates the plasma from it. Then they inject the plasma into the parts of your scalp where you’re losing hair. The whole procedure takes around 10 minutes, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Most people get the treatment once a month for 3 months, with a follow-up treatment every 3 to 6 months. 

Hair Thinning Treatment and Prevention: Get Help Now

Don’t wait. The sooner you address the symptoms of hair loss, the more likely it is that treatments could help you regrow hair. Speak to a medical professional today to begin your journey to a fuller head of hair.