Hair Loss

What are the Various Treatments for Hair Loss?

Few hair loss conditions are temporary and treatable, while few conditions are permanent. In some conditions like alopecia areata, hair regrows without any treatment within a year. However, the treatments for hair loss include medications, laser therapy, surgery, hairpieces and wigs. Your doctor can suggest you a combination of these treatments so as to get the best results. The goals of treatment are to promote hair growth and slow down the process of hair loss.

Medicines for Hair Loss

In case the hair loss is due to a disease, then the treatment for that disorder will be needed. It may involve the drugs to decrease the inflammation and repress immune system as prednisone. In case some medicines are causing the hair loss then the doctor will advise you to stop its usage for at least three months.

Following two medicines are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of hair loss:
  • Minoxidil: Minoxidil is an over-the-counter foam or liquid which you need to rub into your scalp two times a day to prevent further hair fall and grow hair. It can be used by both men and women. By this treatment, many people experience hair regrowth or some may experience a slow rate of hair loss or both. The maximum effects are seen at 16 weeks and you should keep applying the medicine to maintain benefits.

    This medicine may cause some side effects as unwanted hair growth on the nearby skin of face, scalp irritation and rapid heart rate.

  • Finasteride: This medicine is available with prescription to men only. It is meant for oral use. The patients using Finasteride usually experience a decrease in the hair loss and few may also observe new hair growth. You have to keep administering it to have continuous benefits.

    This medicine may cause rare side effects as reduced libido and sexual dysfunction and an elevated risk of prostate cancer. Women who are in their gestation period must avoid touching crushed or broken pills.

Hair Transplant Surgeries for Hair Loss

Surgery is usually recommended in patients with advanced hair loss, especially in males. Here, the grafts are taken from the donor area at the occipital scalp and implanted in the pre-made slits at the recipient area (bald areas of scalp). You may be recommended to use hair loss medicines after the surgery to get better results.

Following are the surgical procedures used in the treatment of hair loss:
  • Direct Hair Transplant: Direct hair transplant is a new hair transplant technique. It is the modification of FUE technique. It has shown great results. It is different from all the techniques which have existed for years. DHT is the unique treatment which implements the natural hair cycle. Read More
  • Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): FUE hair transplant technique is the most preferred technique for restoration of hairs. In FUE hair follicles are extracted from the donor area with the aid of a specialized extraction instrument. Then the follicles are transferred to the recipient area in which small incisions are made. Then the follicular grafts are implanted with the help of a powerful stereo microscope in the groups of one to four hairs. Read More
  • Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT): It is also known as strip technique. It is preferred in people who have a large area of baldness because it permits the surgeons to use the maximum affected area and deliver result constantly. This procedure permits the transplantation of maximum graft in just a single session. Scalpel blades are used in this procedure to eliminate the hear-bearing skin from the donor area and it is again stitched together. In this process the donor hair follicle is obtained by eliminating a small strip from the back of the head. This strip is then divided into graft that contains 1 or 2 follicles which then gets implanted as FUE. Read More

Wigs and Hairpieces for Hair Loss

These are helpful for those people who are not getting benefits from the medicines or who suffer hair loss due to some diseases. They can be used to cover the temporary as well as permanent hair loss. A wide variety of wigs are available that have quality and natural looks.

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