How to Treat Baldness
Hair loss is a condition that afflicts about 60% of men and even about 10% or all women. It can be embarrassing and lead to problems of low self-esteem and lack of confidence. The reasons for hair loss are varied but the two most common are hereditary and side effects of medical treatment. There have been many different methods for preventing hair loss throughout the years, some not as successful as others. But if you are a suffering with this condition you will undoubtedly want to know what is the best hair loss treatment. Will it completely restore my hair to its original fullness? Is there anything I can get over-the-counter or will I need to seek professional hair care treatment?
The truth is there isn’t one particular treatment that is the best for preventing hair loss. People respond differently to different treatments so not every method works with the same effectiveness. The good news is there are a few treatments that produce decent results for a majority of people. The results are generally mild to moderate such as the hair may cease thinning and the patient may experience a little hair regrowth. Some people respond better than others but most fall somewhere in between. Since hair loss does involve several different factors, the best approach to finding an effective treatment is to address the specific problem that is causing the hair loss.
Causes Of Hair Loss
Another cause of hair loss can be from medication or a medical treatment. Many medicines designed to cure one thing can have an unfortunate side-effect in some people. Have you ever heard one of those commercials for a new medicine where they list about a hundred different side effects that can occur? Well, hair loss is one of them. Before starting any new medication, check with a doctor or pharmacist for possible side-effects. If you notice that you are beginning to lose your hair soon after taking the medication, stop taking it and consult your doctor. There may be an alternative drug you can try. If the cause for hair loss is from a medical treatment such as chemotherapy used against cancer, there isn’t a lot you can do about it. Generally, just consider it a price that you should gladly pay in order to fight cancer. Once you stop treatments, you will eventually experience hair growth.
Hair products such as shampoos, conditioners, and other such personal care items can also cause hair loss. The chemicals used in some of these items can have a bad reaction with your skin and damage your hair follicles. If you notice that your hair is thinning, try switching products until you find something that works.
Medicines For Hair Loss
There isn’t a magic pill that you can take to stop hair loss. There are a couple of treatments out there that you can try, though. Of all the programs out there on the market, research and clinical trials have shown that only two of these medicines for hair loss have any real effect. These two drugs are Propecia and Rogaine. Propecia (also known as finasteride) comes in a pill form and you have to take it on a daily basis. Rogaine (also known as minoxidil) is a lotion or cream that you apply directly to your scalp. Both these drugs are approved by the FDA and have proven to be effective treatments for hair loss. While Propecia and Rogaine are both fine for men to take, Propecia is not allowed for women.
When using these drugs, do not expect instant results. At best, results may not appear for several months. For an internal medication such as Propecia, you may see results after 2 to 3 months. For any topical lotions such as Rogaine, 8 months is a pretty standard time frame.
Treatment Two: Surgery
Some people don’t want to wait months for moderate results. Others have tried medication without any success. If you fall into either of those categories, then the next step for you is surgery (don’t forget to disclose your medical history with the doctor before surgery). There are a couple of different surgical procedures for correcting hair loss. The most common is Hair Transplantation surgery. During this surgery, a doctor will remove small grafts of skin from areas of your scalp that still has full hair and place them to areas of your scalp that are bald or thinning. They might attach whole grafts with a group of follicles or they might implant individual ahirs into thinning areas.
Another type of hair loss surgery is Scalp Reduction. This procedure involves removing large areas of bald scalp without any hair folicles from your head. Then the doctor takes sections of your scalp with healthy full hair are strecth it acorss the bald areas. The stretched sections are then swen into place.
Another form of surgery is Scalp Flaps. This involves moving a large section of scalp containing hair from the side or back of the scalp to a bald area. One side of the flap remains attached to the scalp as the section of scalp with hair is moved to cover a bald area. The Scalp Flap procedure is a bit more complicated than other forms of hair loss surgery and the risks are greater. It is more prone to infections anf permanent scarring.
Hair loss surgery may be a quicker and more permanent solution than medicinal treatments but it is far more expensive. It also involves the same risks as any surgery and there is a chance that not all of the hair follicles will root or remain healthy.
Treatment Three: The Wig
I am only mentioning this in order to be thorough. Medication does not work for everyone and not everyone can afford surgery. The only other option left other than embracing your baldness is a wig. Yes, they often tend to be made fun of and can be, at best, misleading. But if hair loss really bothers you that much and you would rather have any hair than none at all, a wig may be your best option. In their defense, wig-making techniques have improved greatly through the years. Many wigs look very natural and are much better about staying in place. So if is a last option for you then go for it.
For more tips on hair loss we recommend that you read this article on how to avoid hair loss.