Hair Loss Treatments
Did you know that it is considered normal to lose 100 to 150 hairs every day? Generally, hair grows naturally in 3 phases: growing phase, break down phase and resting phase. When you shed hairs (100-150) on a daily basis, that means that your hair is in resting phase.
However, abnormal hair loss affects both men and women. People suffering from hair loss tend to get more bothered and lose their self esteem. In some cases people have used a lot of money just to treat baldness. Some people even think they look older than people of the same age. There are several causes of hair loss that include: diseases, burns, trauma, some drugs, and poor nutrition among others.
Causes of hair loss:
– Some diseases, such as iron deficiency anemia and thyroid disease, are known to cause hair loss.
– Some methods of treatment, such as chemotherapy during cancer treatment, often cause hair loss. Fortunately for people undergoing chemotherapy, their hair usually grows again after one year or so.
– Other drugs like the ones used as immune suppression medications also cause hair loss.
– Scientific studies have indicated that limited food intake and poor nutrition cause hair thinning and consequently hair loss. What is more, people who have food with high amount of animal fats are also at a risk of hair loss.
There are several scientifically proven hair loss treatments. These treatments can be classified as either surgical or non surgical.
Non surgical treatments:
One of the commonly used non surgical hair loss treatment is hair additions, hair extensions and partial hairpieces. Hair extensions are used to bond human or synthetic hair to the existing hair so they cover and add more density to already existing hair. There are several home remedies which are also used in treating hair loss. They include: arnica, jojoba oil, licorice, rosemary, multivitamin supplements, eggs, hibiscus, henna, coconut, garlic, onion, and safflower. These remedies contain essential elements that improve hair growth and reduce hair thinning.
Scalp roller is another non surgical treatment, which was specifically designed for hair loss and to enhance penetration of topical re-growth products. This treatment is often used together with other medications like Repair and Follicle Booster and Minoxidil. Scalp roller will enhance the absorption of these medications, increasing their effects and thus the growth of hair.
Surgical hair loss treatments:
Unlike non-surgical hair loss treatments, most surgical treatments are scientifically proven and can even be used to treat permanent hair loss.
Trichology is one of surgical hair loss treatments which has been in use for several decades. This method of treatment is carried out by trichologists who are trained to treat scalp conditions and hair loss. Generally, trichology is affordable and simple and usually emphasizes on ointments, diet and nutrition, creams, amino acid and mineral supplements. Here a natural hair close to the nape area scalp is obtained by cutting and then washed by special water. It is then dried, weighed and put in acidic solution to dissolve. The solution is then analyzed and the minerals in it are measured. A report on any abnormality detected is generated. The cause of those abnormalities are then analyzed and treated through diet or nutritional supplements.
Hair transplant is another popular surgical hair loss treatment. This treatment is scientifically proven and has been used successfully to restore hair permanently. Hair transplantation has also been in existence for several decades now. This method has minor side effects such a temporary numbness in the area of transplantation, minor bruising and initial swelling. These side effects are experienced by few patients. The procedure is usually light and pain free. Here, hair follicles are moved from one part of patient’s scalp to the part where restoration is needed. Patients are required to go back to the doctor after 10 days in order to check the scalp and remove sutures.
Synthetic implants can also be used to treat hair loss. In this treatment, a consultant will advise the patient on the best program that suits his or her needs. Here, the amount of hair implants needed is determined by the extent of hair loss and the style chosen. The consultant also matches the color of the implants with your natural hair color. The procedure can be completed within one session or performed over several sessions.
Alopecia reduction is yet another surgical hair loss treatment . In this treatment bald scalp skin is surgically removed in areas affected by hair loss, and then the adjacent hair-bearing scalp skin is pulled together. This closes the wound and removes the bald spot. Usually, this surgical treatment is combined with hair transplantation to achieve maximum cosmetic results.
In summary, hair loss is a normal thing. However, if it becomes a bother to the extent where you have lost a lot of hair; then, you should consult your doctor for the best treatment solution. You should not worry since there are many treatments that can help you in restoring your hair. You can even start with home remedies that are locally available to you. If that does not help, you can go for the surgical hair loss treatments which are more successful and are scientifically proven to restore hair.