Hair Loss

How to Avoid Hair Loss Scams

Because hair loss is such a common problem for many men, there are many old-school “snake oil” salesmen out there trying to make money off of the problem without fixing it. These guys will do anything to sell you a fraudulent hair growth product, and there are so many out there it can be difficult to discern the real ones from the fake ones.

Two FDA-Approved Hair Loss Drugs

There are many different drugs out there that people push to treat hair loss, but keep in mind that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved two medications: Propecia and Rogaine. Any medications that fall outside of these is questionable at best, and dangerous at worst.

You’re better off only sticking with the two FDA-approved medications if you’re going to try anything orally taken or topical.

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Some people will advertise products that grow the hair by unblocking follicles, nourishing the scalp, or simply increasing circulation, but you should stay clear of anything that claims to do these things.

Blocked Follicle Scam

The most popular scam today when it comes to hair loss frauds is the blocked follicle scam.

The reason this became the most popular is because the follicles are sometimes filled with sebum, which is a waxy, soft byproduct from the sebaceous gland within the follicle. Contrary to what scammers may tell you, sebum is perfectly natural and serves as a lubricant for both the hair and skin. Sebum doesn’t cause hair loss by blocking follicles, nor does DermMatch or other cosmetic concealers.

In fact, it’s pretty much impossible to stop hair growth from productive follicles, as evidenced by ingrown hairs that can cause pain for many. Instead, hair follicles typically only die once genetically programmed to do so. Dead follicles don’t produce hairs, in cases called androgenetic alopecia that causes over 90% of hair loss instances.

Robotic Hair Transplants

While many medications outside of Propecia and Rogaine are likely to be scams, one innovative treatment has stood out as an effective way to restore lost hair: robotic hair transplants.

Robotic hair transplants are effective at helping reverse hair loss, and use state-of-the-art equipment to restore the scalp’s health and encourage hair growth. This type of treatment is one of the most effective while also remaining one of the safest.

Surgical hair transplants are a go-to for many who don’t have either the patience or time for medications and wish to restore their hair more immediately, but robotic hair transplants are safer and even better. Unlike surgical procedures, robotic hair transplants don’t come with any of the side effects or downtime that can occur with surgery, making it one of the most increasingly popular options out there today.

So, whether you want medications such as Propecia and Rogaine or robotic hair transplants, remember to avoid scams that advertise any other type of topical or oral treatment, particularly as treatment for “blocked follicles.”