Which Hair Loss Treatment To Use?

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Which Hair Loss Treatment To Use?

With many treatments available it can be hard to understand which treatment suits which hair loss condition.

The most common hair loss condition is genetic male pattern baldness, androgenic alopecia which affects the majority of me over their lifetime. Female pattern hair loss is also common but generally less severe cosmetically as the hairline remains intact with a loss of hair density behind.

Other forms of hair loss include stress related, diet, traction, and chemical damage as well as medication-induced hair loss such as chemotherapy and anticancer drugs. Female hair loss can many more complexities than hair loss in men so in most circumstances before any diagnosis a blood test should be undertaken to try to rule out any systemic deficiencies possibly related to blood, we discuss in greater detail later.

Recent images of David Beckham, now 43 years of age sporting a shaved look and what appears to be thinning hair and then with a full thick looking head of dark hair. It has been said he may have used cosmetic products to make his hair look thicker than it is, these can be hair dyes or concealer products that cling to the hair shaft giving it the illusion of greater thickness.

Hair loss can affect men and woman at any time in our adult lives and if genetic is generally slow and progressive. The pattern of hair loss can mirror others in our family on either the maternal or paternal sides without discrimination. The male pattern is stages of hair loss is categorised on the Norwood Scale from NW2 to NW7 being advanced hair loss and for female pattern hair loss the Ludwig Scale. Female pattern loss is more of a diffused pattern compared to male hair loss which can cover the entire top of the scalp.

Changing your hair colour can help or heighten the look of hair loss, the lower the contrast between your hair and skin complexion the less obvious it is your hair is thinning.  Your hairstyle also can help, without having to have a comb-over by keeping your hair short and cropped will minimise the balding scalp area compared to your hair coverage. Concealer products are popular with both men and women, they come in a variety of forms but the idea is to mask the scalp. Some use tiny iron filings that are peppered over your hair and head, they are the same colour as your hair and stick to your remaining hair to add fullness. They can be fixed into place with a hairspray but be careful in heavy rain.

The FDA in America has passed three treatment to use against hair loss. Treatment available can work to stabilise hair loss and in some cases improve the hair growth if caught early enough. For younger men with a mild hairline recession, a hair loss treatment can help to maintain their hairline and in some cases help to thicken up weaker hairs. Minoxidil, finasteride, and laser therapy are all used at home and need constant usage to maintain the positive results, if they are stopped the natural hair loss gene will continue and your hair loss will catch up to where it should have been if a treatment was never used.

Dr. Artur Kierach, an FUE hair transplant specialist commented, “Especially in younger men or in the early stages of hair loss a treatment is a good first option to maintain and try to improve upon their existing head of hair. A treatment can also aid a surgical hair restoration result and I would advice almost every patient to not dismiss using a registered treatment”

A hair transplant is a permanent surgical hair replacement option that uses the genetically strong hair we have around the back and sides of our head. Although almost everyone can have a hair transplant it is important to have a comprehensive consultation first to see if you are a good candidate for this procedure. Age, hair loss stage and future hair loss need to be taken into account and planning is important as a hair transplant is not a cure for hair loss in general.

The Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) hair transplant techniques are the two recognised procedures today, they differ on the method the hair is removed from around the back and sides of the head.

 

 

 

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