Most of us are guilty of taking our hair for granted until it is too late. With today’s fast-paced lifestyle, it becomes difficult to spare much time on hair care routines. And it can also lead to problems of constant hair fall, thinning of hair, bald patches etc. which is not that easy to treat.
Fortunately, there has been rapid progress in discovering effective hair loss control methods over the past few years. People like you and me, who have been staring at the prospect of bald spots, can finally breathe a sigh of relief because of these developments. Your doctor or dermatologist might advise you to undergo one of these procedures in case you are suffering from hair and scalp related problems. So it makes even more sense to dive into the finer details of each of these treatments which promise hair growth and rejuvenation.
- Laser Therapy– This is undoubtedly among the most in-demand treatments among both patients and doctors. The novelty factor of this procedure has also attracted considerable interest among people. This treatment involves using laser machines to irradiate photons in our scalp tissues. These photons are then absorbed by the weaker hair cells which help in increasing the circulation of blood in the scalp and stimulate the hair follicles leading to growth. Although Laser Therapy claims to have worked for some individuals and certain studies have indicated that it can be an effective route to deal with hair loss related problems, we need a lot more research to ascertain its effectiveness. It is completely non invasive and painless but it takes time, costs a bombshell and there is need for more conclusive proof before this study can be recommended for everyone undergoing hair loss. You should consult your doctor at least once about the effectiveness of Laser Therapy for your problem and the possible side effects before choosing to undergo this treatment.
- Hair Transplant – This is a surgical procedure where the hair follicles from different parts of a person’s body (mainly the back or side of your head) are picked up and transplanted onto the bald patches by your dermatologist. Many celebrities and public figures have also decided to opt for this procedure with mixed results. There are two types of transplant procedures namely, strip harvesting and Follicular Unit Extraction. Strip Harvesting involves planting skin strips with decent hair growth on the bald areas of your head and is used extensively nowadays. On the other hand, Follicular Unit Extraction is a technique where hair clusters are removed from areas with higher hair density (along with their roots) manually by your surgeon and then planted in the site with lower hair density. Hair Transplant is not suitable for everyone; especially those who are suffering from widespread thinning of hair and baldness, patients undergoing loss of hair due to chemotherapy or some other medications and people with thick scars on their scalp due to injuries. Like other hair loss treatments, Hair Transplant also has some side effects including problems like itching, inflammation, swelling, bleeding and infections. The good news is that most of these side effects can be temporary in nature but it is always advisable to check with your doctor to find out whether you can undergo this procedure in a safe and sound manner.
- Platelet Rich Plasma –This is a non-surgical hair that helps to stimulate hair growth by extracting blood from your body, use a centrifuge machine to remove the plasma and then inject it into your scalp through injection needles. It is best for individuals who haven’t undergone complete baldness. This procedure helps to revitalize the hair roots with the aim to boost your hair density while also making your hair thick and strong. Since it is a non-surgical method thus the recovery and recuperation time is lowered compared to other methods. Possible side-effects of this procedure include infection, tissue damage and pain at the injection sites. This procedure has given mixed results and there is still no clarity on its effectiveness for specific hair loss problems. So it is advised that you speak to your doctor on the suitability as well as potential benefits of this treatment in your case.
- Medication–There are medicines like Minoxidil which promise to prevent hair loss and stimulate hair growth. But there are only a few specific situations, like male pattern baldness, where this medicine can prove to be useful. These medicines may also end up causing some unpleasant side effects like burning, stinging or redness at the place where you have applied the medicine. This is exactly why you must consult your doctor on whether these problems are long lasting and if there are any benefits at all from these medicines in your case. This medicine is not recommended for anyone below 18 years.
- Natural Home Remedies – Onion juice, Coconut Milk, Apple Cider Vinegar, Egg Mask, Fenugreek etc. are just some of the methods recommended for preventing hair loss and restoring your hair density. They have been in usage since long before our times and several generations have reaped the benefits from these natural substances. While each of these methods have merit and are effective in their own way, there haven’t been any clinical studies conducted to see if they are the answer to hair loss induced by medical conditions or other causes. Although the chances of side effects due to home based remedies might be negligible, it would be wise to consult your doctor in advance.
Although things like hair loss, thinning of hair, baldness aren’t incurable problems anymore, the fact is that no single hair loss treatment works for everyone. It is also a reality that none of these therapies may work for you depending on the nature of your hair loss problem. So it is important to discuss these things with your doctor or dermatologist before you opt for any particular hair loss treatment to make sure that you get a clearer picture about what they can and cannot achieve.