You may be aware that we all lose between 50 and 100 hairs per day. When the strands in your comb or shower seem to increase, you may begin to research fixes to hair loss.

The Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic offers men and women a variety of treatment options, and many of them are not surgical. If you believe only medications or surgery can help restore hair, you could be pleasantly surprised to learn about drug-free and surgery-free hair loss therapies available. Here we’ll outline 4 of our favourite ways to address the causes of shedding and help stimulate healthy new hair.

What’s the reason you’re losing hair?

There may be more than one reason why you’re losing your hair, but a variety of possibilities exist. Most patients who visit our Toronto clinic for hair loss surgery are experiencing androgenic alopecia: genetic, progressive hair loss.

Androgenic alopecia is also referred to as male pattern baldness, but women experience it too. Depending on your inherited DHT (hormone) sensitivities, you may not be able to prevent the inevitable hair fallout related to this condition. However, many causes of thinning and shedding are related to controllable factors. These include stress and nutrition. Shock loss or telogen effluvium may occur after surgery, a traumatic experience, or prolonged stress. Likewise, stress on your body due to restrictive dieting or malnutrition may cause the temporary loss of hair. Certain medication and illness are linked as well. If you notice that hair is falling out in unusually high amounts and you’re not sure why, it will be helpful to see your primary care physician for a general health assessment.

While today’s hair transplant procedures can produce natural and permanent results, not everyone is ready or interested in the commitment of FUE (follicular unit extraction) procedures. If you’re looking for alternatives, you’re in luck.

1. You may need a lifestyle and nutrition reset

If you’re experiencing hereditary pattern hair loss, working out and eating right will not prevent the inevitable balding. There are still a few great reasons to start here, however. If you are experiencing high levels of stress, if you take medications that affect the hair’s density, or if you’ve lost significant body weight, you may experience balding that can be somewhat improved by increasing nutrients like vitamins and minerals. Improved blood flow is also beneficial, and eating protein-rich foods plus healthy fats can make the hair shaft thicker and shinier. B vitamins, in particular, are valuable for producing healthy hair and skin cells. You can find good sources in most protein-packed foods like fish, eggs, chicken, and green leafy plants. You may take a natural supplement such as horsetail or silica as directed to encourage healthy hair growth, but keep in mind that no supplement can regrow hair affected by androgenic alopecia.

2. Try Toronto hair loss treatment with laser light therapy

If you’re willing to wear a specialized hat or use a futuristic comb daily, low-level laser therapy (LLLT) may suit your needs and lifestyle. It hasn’t been shown to reverse hair loss, but it does help people keep the hair they have and slow the fallout. It’s not a medication or surgery and is not invasive at all. LLLT uses red or near-infrared light to stimulate cellular activity all over the body. Experiments in the 1960s revealed that red light therapy (photo-biostimulation) could accelerate hair growth on shaved mice. It’s long been used in spas for rejuvenation treatments all over the body, but in recent years, studies have indicated reliable and promising results for hair growth in men and women.

The Hairmax Lasercomb is a Health Canada-approved device for home use. It looks like a hairbrush and uses photobiostimulation to boost the natural growth (anagen) stage of the hair cycle. This aims to keep hairs growing in the follicles longer. There are now “caps” that resemble high-tech helmets used to deliver the same laser light therapy to the scalp. In Toronto, hair loss laser light devices include the Theradome, which was invented by a previous NASA scientist who wanted to develop the best solution for his own balding problem.

3. Have you considered PRP (platelet-rich plasma therapy)?

At the Torgerson clinic, hair loss treatments that deliver powerful results without medication or surgery are in high demand. Our clients love PRP. This 100% naturally-derived plasma is loaded with cell growth factors to stimulate healthy follicles.

Patients can achieve even more positive results by combining PRP with regular LLLT. We offer laser phototherapy and PRP combined to increase the benefits of both. The plasma is extracted from a small amount of your blood, which is drawn from the arm in your private treatment room. A small centrifuge device spins the blood to separate its components. Then just the plasma and platelets are placed in a syringe for injection. The concentration of platelets will be about 5 times that of normal blood, which means that the natural growth factors they contain can stimulate angiogenesis (blood vessel development) and boost hair cell growth faster than before.

For hair follicles that are sluggish or dormant, PRP treatment can wake them up and increase the density plus the length of the hair. PRP is also incredibly hydrating and nourishing for the scalp. Improved blood flow, follicle nutrients, and the stimulation of hair cell growth make this one of the most effective yet safest treatment options available for hair loss in Toronto.

No matter your age or background, PRP carries extremely low risks and none of the side effects or allergies that generally come with injected medications. Even better, the sessions are quick. In under an hour, you can treat your whole scalp and return to your day. There’s no downtime and no sign of a treatment to hide. Combining PRP once per month for 3 months with LLLT is a potent combination to jump-start hair growth and improve scalp health.

4. We can create the look of hairs with scalp micropigmentation

Maybe you’ve heard of hairline tattoo, SMP, or micro-pigmentation? Also referred to as tricopigmentation, this treatment with many names is related to tattooing, but is done a little differently.

Specialized equipment, including machines or hand-held tools, are used to apply tiny dots and dashes of semi-permanent hair tattoo ink into the scalp. Scalp microblading uses the same scalp-specific ink and applies it in thin, shallow marks designed to resemble longer hairs. These hair restoration methods have been used successfully for some time to restore the look of facial hair such as eyebrows. Have you got a patchy beard? We can help with that too.

People in Toronto seeking hair loss options aren’t always looking for growing, longer hair to fill in their bald spots. Sometimes the low-maintenance and stylish option of a buzzed/close-shaved scalp is preferable. Through the application of carefully applied hair follicle marks, the realistic tone, direction, and density of hair stubble can be replicated.

The results are so realistic when created by an expert that even close up, the scalp passes inspection. Instead of balding, the look is that you’ve chosen to shave your hair, but you could grow it if you wanted to. Your active follicles and hairs will blend seamlessly with the tattooed marks to create a complete hairline and crown.

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Dr. Torgerson and the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic team achieve exceptionally flawless results because the colour-matching process of each patient’s skin and hair tone plus skillful and meticulous ink placement are an art form. It’s essential to avoid the awkward uniformity of hair rows, dots, mono-colour, or unrealistic patterns. A hair tattoo should not look drawn on, so don’t consider visiting a regular tattoo artist for this specialized micropigmentation.

A Healthy Scalp Contains an Average of 2,000 Hairs Per Inch

However, the hairline is more diffused, and the density plus direction change throughout the scalp. Just like with FUE hair transplant graft placement, your hair loss specialist will plan an SMP result that contains all the real variation and contours of authentic hair. Your best outcomes typically require 2 to 3 sessions to layer subtle effects.

Imagine a filled-in, youthful-looking but sleek, shaved head. For many guys, this is by far preferable to patchy, shiny, or bald domes. One of the best features of this hair loss treatment is that it’s extremely low-maintenance. It works well on all skin tones and all ages. The downtime is very minimal, so people don’t need to miss work or be concerned about healing or scars.

The look works well in the corporate world and blue collar alike. Even women choose this clean, comfortable, no-fuss option and make for delighted clients. If you’re not ready for hair transplant surgery or if the expense, downtime, and results don’t appeal to you for any reason, the simplicity of a hair tattoo could be the answer.

Schedule a Free Consultation with The Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic

There you have 4 of our top recommendations for treating hair loss. The Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic offers these leading options and many others. If you have questions or you want to know what our hair growth experts recommend for you, why not schedule a private consultation? It’s free of charge, and there’s no obligation to proceed with treatment. We believe that patients should be fully informed and totally comfortable with knowledge about their available options. When you come across the one that’s right for you, you’ll know it.

We look forward to meeting you and helping you gain some confidence back along with your hair.

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Dr. Cory Torgerson is one of Canada’s most talented and prominent facial plastic surgeons, focusing on head & neck facial surgery. Dr. Torgerson has been frequently invited to teach and lecture on these topics across North America. He has hospital privileges at Sunnybrook Hospital, one of the premier hospitals in the University of Toronto Health Network.
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