Posted on: 30 July 2019
Hair loss is a common frustration for both men and women. Depending on the underlying cause of your hair loss, there may be several options to stop the process or regrow hair in the balding areas.
There are several retail products that may be effective for some people with hair loss. Certain types of antifungal shampoo that may be used to address dandruff can also have the benefit of slowing hair loss or actually reversing the problem, usually for people with male-patterned baldness. Another option is retail scalp treatments that are applied to the balding areas. The disadvantage to using these scalp treatments is that any hair grown as a result of the product will fall out once the product is no longer used. Women may be especially concerned about the increase in hair in unwanted areas when using scalp treatments. In many instances, these products are relatively inexpensive and easily accessible, making them the first product to try.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a newer option for people with hair loss and its main advantage is it may help some people avoid more invasive procedures, such as hair transplantation. PRP uses your own plasma by taking a blood sample and separating the plasma from other parts of the blood. Once the sample is prepared, it is injected into your scalp in the balding or thinning areas. You will need several treatments over the course of weeks or months before you can determine if it is effective. PRP is generally a better option for people who have recently started losing their hair. If your hair loss started to occur awhile ago, it may take longer to see results, if you see any at all. Additionally, PRP is generally not effective for people with an underlying medical disorder that has caused hair loss, such a autoimmune hair loss. Consulting with a PRP hair therapy service an help you decide is this option will work for you.
Hair transplantation is the most extensive option for hair loss and it may be the only option for people who have scarring in certain areas. During the procedure, donor hair follicles are removed from elsewhere on the scalp. The donor area is typically located in the back of the head so it is easy to conceal the scar. Once the donor follicles are removed and prepared, they can be transplanted into the balding areas. Hair transplantation is a good option for people who naturally have a receding hairline, since a new hair line can be created with the donor follicles. Over time, the area where the follicles are transplanted will scab and the donated hairs may fall out at first, but eventually they will start growing. As long as the donated follicles remain active, the hair will continue to grow.
The best time to consider your options is when you first start losing your hair. The sooner you can address hair loss, regardless of the reason, the easier it will be to find a solution.Share