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There are several reasons that cause hair loss like hereditary factors, ageing, hormonal changes, etc. Regardless of reason, hair loss can cause a lot of distress to a person; more so when the condition becomes permanent.
Depending on the causes and severity, treatments for hair loss may vary.
Some forms of treatments may not be effective to one but may be for another.
Laser treatments are costly cosmetic procedures usually offered by hair clinics and salons. They can also come in as personal devices specifically as laser combs. This type of treatment for hair loss are non-invasive, non-surgical and don’t involve medication. What makes this treatment particularly safe and effective is a low-level infrared light that it uses.
Low-level lasers are cold lasers which have therapeutic effects on the living cells. As a hair loss therapy, it enhances blood circulation and stimulates cell metabolism. This makes hair regrowth possible.
Because of their scientifically proven benefits to people suffering from hair loss, low level laser treatments are more utilised in Europe and in the U.S. as treatments for hair loss.
Two of the drugs which are FDA-approved as a treatment for hair loss are Minoxidil and Finasteride.
Minoxidil is a topical solution that stimulates and increases the size of hair follicles when they have miniaturised. This drug is an anagen-inductor which means it forces hair follicles to go into growth phase. Minoxidil, however, does not inhibit the production of DHT (dihydrotestosterone), the hormone mainly responsible for male pattern baldness. Aside from that, it has side effects like severe allergic reactions.
Finasteride, on the other hand, is an oral treatment and only prescribed to men. Unlike Minoxidil, Finasteride is a DHT inhibitor. Also, it is said to cause low sex drive.
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Hair transplantation is one of the most popular treatments for hair loss. They are surgical procedures which entail uprooting grafts with active hair follicles and replanting them on the balding region. Since hair transplants only replace the agonized region, they don’t erase the fact that they don’t stop hair loss. Nevertheless, be wise in choosing physicians to perform the surgery. Successful transplants can give natural longer-lasting results while bad surgeries can turn out to be totally horrible.
Hair Replacement Systems
Hair replacement systems or hairpieces are probably the easiest and fastest temporary treatments for hair loss. Hairpieces or wigs are made using a base. Usually they are made from fine plastic mesh or clothing materials. With the use of a two-sided tape or glue, the hairpiece base is attached to the scalp. One known drawback to hairpieces is that it may become loose in time and the user may have to go to the clinic again for retightening.
Hair loss has always been a universal plight among one-third of the world population – both male and female. Luckily, there are quite a number of treatments for hair loss available in the market today.
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