Excessive hair loss, or worse, having no hair sucks…big time!
Unfortunately, that is one of the things Mother Nature has control over us. Some of us predetermined to be sporting that bald look for the rest of our lives, or forever feel the frustration of having those awfully bad patches on our heads.
Luckily, scientists have come up with inventions that could counter this phenomenon. So if you have the same problem then this might be the article for you.
We will break down some of the man’s greatest inventions on how you can keep your shining crowning glory so keep on reading.
Hair Treatment Options For Hair Loss
If you are experiencing excessive hair loss, have it checked with your physician first to know what type of alopecia you have and which kind of treatment you’ll be needing. If it’s due to physical stress and unhealthy lifestyle then you may also read our other article with this topic. If it is caused by your genes then you may continue to read on.
During your medical check-up, the doctor will be taking a detailed medical history and will examine the condition of your hair and scalp to know the nature of your hair loss. Here are some questions that the doctors will be asking you:
- Are you losing hair only from your scalp or from other parts of your body as well?
- Is there a pattern to the hair loss like a receding hairline, thinning or bald areas on the hair loss throughout your head?
- Have you had a recent illness or high fever?
- What kind of hair products do you use on your hair?
- Do you have any other symptoms like itching, flaking, or redness of your scalp?
Diagnostic test may be performed such as microscopic examination of plucked hair or hair biopsy, although, it may be rarely needed.
The treatment depends on the type or reason for hair loss. Unfortunately, even the effectiveness will depend on each case. For example, hair loss due to illnesses may need to undergo chemotherapy, whereas, for menopause or childbirth will often return six months to two years later. Hair loss resulting to other causes will be prescribed and put under medication by your doctors. Here are some examples:
(1) Pattern Baldness
Brand Name Generic Name Propecia Finasteride Rogaine (for Men and Women) Minoxidil 2% Avacor, Good Sense, Rogaine Extra Strenght (for Men) Minoxidil 2% Aldactone Spironolactone Tagament Cimetidine
(2) Alopecia areata
Brand Name Generic Name Kenalog Triamcinolone Prednisone Prednisone Kenalog, Triderm Triamcinolone 0.1% Diprolene Betamethasone 0.05% Synalar-HP Fluocinolone 0.2% Clobex, Cormax, Embelline, Temovate Clobetasol 0.05% Dritho-Creme 1%, Drithro-Scalp 0.5%, Zithranol-RR 1.2% Anthralin Azulfidine, Azulfidine EN-TABS Sulfasalazine Gengraf, Neoral, Restasis, Sandimmune Cyclosporine
Another option is to undergo hair transplant (also called hair restoration or hair implantation). The only downside with this procedure is that it’s quite expensive since it will depend on how much hair you’ll be needing. In addition to that, your insurance will not cover this kind of procedure. Normally, it will range from $4,000 to $15,000.
There are two types of transplant procedures: slit grafts and micro-grafts. The former usually contains 4 to 10 hairs per graft, whereas, the latter contains one or two hairs per graft, depending on the needed amount of coverage.
After the procedure, the surgeon might require you to take medications such as pain medication, antibiotics to reduce your risk of infection, and anti-inflammatory medications. Some people can return to work several days after surgery to give chance for your transplant to settle down.
You might notice some of your newly transplanted hairs are falling out. This is normal so there is no need for you to be alarmed. The old hairs are falling out to make way for new hairs to grow at the graft site. It might take some time before your new hair to become visible (normally 1 cm per month) so you don’t have to feel frustrated. It would take around 4-5 months for you to see the results of the procedure.
LOW-LEVEL LASER THERAPY
According to Bauman Medial, low-level laser therapy or LLLT is a non-chemical, non-invasive treatment that being used around the U.S. for the treatment of hair loss. The procedure helps promotes hair growth as it is believed to increase blood flow in the scalp and stimulate metabolism in catagen or telogen follicles, resulting in the production of anagen hair.
It is said that some patients tend to respond better than others. Sadly, this treatment is still under investigation for a variety of health indications. Up until now, there are no clinical evidence to validate its effectiveness, however, since a lot of patients have shown positive responses to this therapy therefore they would still prefer to go for this option.
Other Hair Loss Alternatives
Undergoing the aforementioned procedures are undeniably costly and, let’s face it, not everyone can afford to go through them. That’s why people have come up with other alternatives that could help people deal with this problem. Shout out to all our beauty gurus who have made something unnatural look more natural and flawless.
Wigs have been snatching every beauty aficionado’s weave as it has increasingly become popular every year. One notable public figure known to sport this look is one of the Jenner siblings, Kylie. Girls all over the world has been copping her ever-changing looks especially with her hair. Youtube stars have even started their own line of wigs since it has been widely accepted across all genders. This would probably one of the most accessible, and convenient alternatives that people would go for.
Last year, L’Oreal has partnered with French bio-printing company Poietis, which is known to develop a form of laser printing for cell-based objects.
Since it’s still in its early stage, it still is too early to be excited with this discovery as it would normally take at least three years to adapt the process.
Nonetheless, people are looking forward to this medical breakthrough.
HAIR REPLACEMENT SYSTEM
Probably one of the most affordable hair alternative in the group. The hair replacement system is also a non-evasive procedure that both men and women would opt for. It is also important to have a consultation to discuss the hair and scalp’s conditions and to prepare the patient’s hair template.
The average lifespan of hair replacement system usually lasts up to one year. However, it will normally remain on your head up to 3 to 4 weeks so regular retouching is advised.
Unlike wigs, you can pretty much do your regular routine with the hair replacement system on. Not only that, it can withstand any weather conditions making it a more viable choice for clients.
In this article, we have presented different options people can have to deal with hair loss. Since some of the procedures here are evasive, they should always make sure to consult it with their doctors before undergoing treatment. Even for non-evasive procedures, it is advisable that they should start with a consultation. Make proper planning and carefully consider your options before deciding.
Some of them are quite expensive, some of them are not. But hey, as long as you’re happy then just go for it.
Disclaimer: We do not represent any medical companies nor do we practice in any medical fields, so we do not claim any effectiveness of these medicine. This article is based purely on research.