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Viviscal® for Hair Loss Review

Viviscal® for Hair Loss ReviewExcitement is met by skepticism as a new product for treating hair loss has been announced. Named Viviscal®, the new hair care regimen includes a set of oral supplements (pills), shampoos, and conditioners promoted as an effective means for rebuilding thicker and fuller hair.

But are the claims backed by reputable research, and will the product work? These are two critical questions that need answered prior to choosing any method of hair restoration– including both surgical procedures and non-surgical products.

Good Viviscal® Alternatives

One of the best alternatives to Viviscal® that hair care professionals recommend is Minoxidil. Minoxidil has been shown effective in stopping hair loss while also promoting new hair growth in some men and women since as early as 1980. Known widely under the brand name Rogaine®, Minoxidil first became approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the middle of the 1980s. A twice-daily topical treatment, Minoxidil offers ease-of-use and convenience that has garnered big sales as well as international acclaim amongst users, physicians, researchers, and hair/ health organizations.

In the 30+ years since Minoxidil has received its approval from the FDA, the hair loss treatment has undergone extensive testing in which the product has consistently produced results for both men and women. Hair loss professionals note that those who desire a more permanent solution to hair restoration ought to consider a surgical procedure, however.

Why Choose Surgical Hair Transplant Over Viviscal®?

There are many roadblocks that make it difficult for some patients to have confidence in surgical hair restoration. For one, patients fear receiving a poorly executed procedure that resembles the “hair plugs” of the 1980s. Other times, a patient might be concerned that the overall cost of the transplant procedure is too expensive. It’s also common for patients to assume that they simply do not have the time to have the procedure done, becoming overwhelmed with concerns over the time it takes to recover from a hair transplant.

However, today’s transplant procedures more faster, more convenient, and more natural looking than ever before. So natural, in fact, the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) reports that approximately 85% of Americans cannot tell the difference between a transplanted area of scalp and an ordinary area that has not been restored by surgical means.

Today, there are 3 leading options for surgical hair transplant that offer patients incredible results:

Traditional Strip-Donor Transplant

Traditional “strip-donor” procedures are perhaps the most well-known of today’s contemporary hair transplant procedures. In this process, the scalp is anesthetized to virtually eliminate all pain and discomfort. Hair is then taken from the donor area via small strips, called “micro grafts.” These micro grafts are smaller and more expertly arranged than the “hair plugs” of the past, creating an end-result that is natural in appearance and, in most cases, permanent.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Transplant.

FUE is a highly refined method of hair transplant that involves extracting donor hairs in clusters of 1-3 follicular units. A small “punch” instrument is used for extraction, eliminating the linear scar that is most often left behind by simpler strip-donor procedures. Because this more advanced method avoids linear scarring, patients are able to wear their hair much shorter.

ARTAS® Robotic FUE

ARTAS® is the most advanced method of FUE hair transplant. This system is the first-ever FDA approved “hair transplant robot,” enabling surgeons to conduct FUE procedures with greater accuracy, precision, and reproducibility. To learn more, visit this page about the ARTAS® hair transplant robot.

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Surgeons Review Viviscal® Hair Supplement, Recommend Alternatives

Surgeons Review Viviscal Hair Supplement, Recommend AlternativesViviscal® Extra Strength has been released, and promoters of the new hair supplement claim it has the ability to put an end to thinning, shedding, and balding in men and women. Dermatologists, surgeons, and other health professionals remain wary of the new supplement’s claims, however.

Although the makers of Viviscal® claim the product is “supported by a combination of over 20 years of research,” further investigation reveals that its history in clinical trials and testing is actually quite shallow. In short, the product has seen very few trials when compared to leading treatments like Rogaine® (Minoxidil). Moreover, the trials that have been conducted involved very few test subjects.

4 Reasons to Choose an Alternative to Viviscal®

Whether choosing a surgical or non-surgical approach, men and women no longer have to suffer with signs of thinning, shedding, or balding. There are several alternatives to Viviscal®, most of which are backed by many years of successful clinical trials and research. Here are 4 reasons to choose a better-known, and thus more reliable method of hair loss treatment.

Viviscal® is Backed by Little Research

One Viviscal® study involved just 20 subjects, 3 of which withdrew from the control group prior to completion (i). Concern for the effectiveness of Viviscal® only rises in the wake of such limited clinical testing and evaluation, causing many medical professionals to question the product’s efficacy in treating hair loss in men and women.

Other Non-Surgical Options Are Proven Effective*

One of the most heavily researched and trusted alternatives is Minoxidil, known by the brand name Rogaine®. A topical treatment, Rogaine is a foam product that is applied to the hair and scalp twice daily. Extra strength formulas are also available for patients with more pronounced hair loss.

*Rogaine® is proven to be effective in slowing or stopping hereditary hair loss (pattern baldness) in 4 out of 5 patients. At a cost that averages just $30-40 per month, Rogaine is a non-surgical alternative that is as affordable as it is effective.

Surgical Hair Restoration is Better Than Ever

When considering an alternative to Viviscal® hair supplements, it’s exciting to know that surgical hair restoration is now faster and more comfortable than ever. Today, hair transplant surgery is a simple, comfortably, and minimally invasive procedure that effectively restores areas of balding scalp with your own natural hair.

The days of hair plugs are long gone. Today, hair transplants are performed via follicular unit extraction (FUE), a highly refined process that transplants follicular grafts of about 1-3 hairs at a time. Such precision enables surgeons to restore the scalp by hand, artfully and skillfully reconstructing hairlines with natural characteristics. So natural, in fact, a reported 85% of people cannot recognize when a transplant procedure has been performed, according to the ISHRS (ii).

Speak to a Professional About Hair Loss

If you or a loved one suffers with hair loss, contact the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami today. Our team is comprised of South Florida’s finest hair transplant surgeons, registered nurses, microscopists, and technicians. We hold your pursuit of a fuller head of hair in the highest regard, providing only the most widely studied treatments that have been proven effective in treating hair loss in men and women.

The ARTAS® Generation. Our Institute is now 1 of fewer than 20 clinics to offer the revolutionary ARTAS® System for hair transplant. To learn more about the first ever FDA-approved transplant robot, visit our ARTAS System page.


(i) “A comparative study of a new food supplement, ViviScal, with fish extract for the treatment of hereditary androgenic alopecia in young males.” National Center for Biotechnology Information, Accessed 5 August 2013.

(ii) “2010 Hair Transplant Challenge Survey.” International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery. Accessed 17 June 2013.