Hair transplant alternatives

  1. Minoxidil
  2. Finasteride
  3. Advanced Tricho-Pigmentation (ATP)
  4. Shampoos and Supplements

Hair transplant alternatives

Hair transplant has become the gold standard in hair restoration due to its permanent effects in reversing hair loss and the natural look that can be achieved through this procedure.

Many male celebrities have undergone hair transplant procedures, thus, breaking down the embarrassment factor and encouraging other men and women to take the jump. In this article, we look at the two most important hair transplant procedures and the best alternatives to hair transplant.

Hair Transplant Procedures

The two main types of hair transplant, Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) can be used for both women and men, although men are more common recipients due to the nature of male pattern baldness.

FUE Hair Transplant

FUE hair transplant is viewed as the less invasive and more modern technique to hair transplant surgery, and it’s carried out by harvesting single follicles from the donor area and implanting them in the recipient sites.

FUE boasts faster healing times and minimal to no scarring. Depending on the number of hair follicles that need to be transplanted the procedure can take a bit more time than FUT hair transplant.

FUT Hair Transplant

FUT hair transplant is different from FUE when it comes to harvesting hair follicles. With FUT, the hair surgeon no longer harvests individual hair follicles, but instead an entire hair strip from the back of the patient’s scalp.

The strip is then divided into single follicles or group of follicles and transplanted to the recipient area. FUT hair transplant is faster, but scarring is more pronounced than in the case of FUE, therefore, healing times are a bit longer. FUT transplant is also cheaper than FUE. Neither surgery hurts because patients are given a local anaesthetic during the surgery.

Hair Transplant Alternatives

Hair transplant surgery is not the only way to treat hair loss. Non-invasive alternatives do exist, and hair specialists prefer exhausting these methods first before recommending hair surgery to their patients:


Minoxidil is a clinically-proven topical treatment for hair loss that comes in a liquid or foam that you massage into the scalp.

It’s an over the counter medication that doesn’t require prescription and it’s available under the brand names Regain or Rogaine. This hair loss medicine works by lengthening the hair growth phase of hair follicles, improving blood circulation and encouraging hair growth.


Finasteride is a hair loss medicine that’s taken orally and it’s prescription only. You’ll find it under the brand name Propecia or its generic name Finasteride. It works by blocking the production of dihydrotestosterone, which is responsible for thinning hair.

Advanced Tricho-Pigmentation (ATP)

It’s a type of hair tattooing that creates the illusion of closely shaved hair. It’s suitable for men who like to wear their hair shaved down. The special ink that it’s used in ATP lasts up to 7 years. It’s an alternative for those who are not suitable candidates for hair transplant surgery.

Shampoos and Supplements

Shampoos may help thicken your hair temporarily, but they won’t help against pattern baldness. Hair loss supplements will only help if the root cause of your hair loss is a mineral deficiency.

These are the many ways hair loss can be managed, but you can also choose to embrace your baldness. Not all celebrities opt for hair transplant, some decide to go bald gracefully including Prince William, Bruce Willis or Andre Agassi.

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