As part of a holistic approach to treating male pattern baldness, proven and FDA-approved hair loss medications such as Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine Foam (minoxidil) may be employed in conjunction with a hair transplant or used on their own. Combining these two treatments is said to have a synergistic effect that could promote new hair growth; however, most users consider them maintenance drugs that primarily stop or delay the progression of hair loss.
Toppik and Nanogen are topical concealers composed of microfibers (organic keratin protein) that coat your existing hair upon application, making it appear denser instantly as the fibers magnetically bond to each strand. You generally need to have a minimal to moderate amount of hair to work with, though.
There are several additional topical concealers available on the market. These include, but are not limited to, DermMatch, which coats the scalp and expands each hair; Prothik, an aerosol hair thickening system; and Couvre, another lotion-compound that can reduce scalp contrast. Some brands are more durable than others, and each has its own benefits and limitations. Finding the right color and mastering the application process is usually the key to success with most concealers.
The quality of hair replacement systems has also improved dramatically over the last decade. Contemporary hair pieces are often designed with a sophisticated blend of real and synthetic hair fibers, and can be worn for extended periods of time without being removed. While this option isn’t for everyone, hair systems can restore an appearance of full density nearly instantaneously on balding individuals who are prepared to deal with the relatively high cost and regular maintenance.
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