Hair Loss Treatment
How does hair loss generally appear?
It is normal to lose between 50 and 100 hairs every day. Although it happens regularly, it is not something noticeable because new hair strands keep growing while others fall. It is not until the hair that is lost is not replaced by a new one that hair loss starts to be perceptible.
Hair loss presents itself in different ways depending on the cause. Also, it can happen slowly or suddenly and can affect just the hair on your head or in your entire body. You may have noticed hair loss in any of these ways:
A Steady Thinning That Starts on the Top of Your Head
As the most common hair loss, this type affects people as they age. While women generally have a broadening of the part in their hair, in men it starts with their hairline at the forehead beginning to recede.
Patchy Bald Spots
In these cases, the hair loss looks like circles of bald areas that may also appear in the beard or eyebrows.
Spontaneous Loosening of Hair
Due to having experienced an emotional or physical shock, hair may come out when combed or washed or even while gently tugging at it. This type of hair loss tends to be temporary.
Hair Loss Throughout the Body
Medical conditions and treatments, such as when people undergo chemotherapy as part of their cancer treatment have the effect of ridding the body completely of hair. This type of hair loss is also temporary.
Scaling Patches on the Scalp
A sure sign of ringworm, this type of hair loss is in many cases accompanied by redness, swelling, oozing, and broken hair.
Make an Appointment with Your Doctor
If you suddenly notice patchy areas or the amount of hair strands on your hairbrush is much more abundant than normal, you should see a specialist. Your doctor will explore the situation and diagnose any conditions that may be present as well as recommend ways to deal with it. It’s also important to identify any underlying medical condition that might require treatment.
Are there any risk factors that increase your chances of suffering from hair loss?
Some factors may increase your risk of experiencing hair loss. Among them:
- Losing a significant amount of weight
- Suffering from stress
- Poor nutrition and eating habits
- Certain medical ailments such as lupus or diabetes
- Certain conditions such as ringworm, thyroid disease, or alopecia areata
- A family history of hair loss, whether on your mother’s or father’s side
- The aging process
Is there anything you can do to prevent hair loss?
Avoid any type of hair loss that may be preventable. Here are some specific things you can do:
Take Good and Gentle Care of Your Hair
Treat your hair as if it something valuable and irreplaceable. If needed, apply a detangler. Avoid tugging at it when it is wet. Gently comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb while wet.
Get Feedback on Your Medications and Supplements
Ask your medical professional if any medications or supplements you are taking have an adverse effect on your hair and if there is anything you can do to counteract it.
Treat Your Hair as You Do Your Skin
The sun and other sources of ultraviolet light will damage your hair. Stay away from them or wear a hat to avoid direct exposure.
Do Not Smoke
Some studies have revealed a direct link between smoking and baldness, particularly in men. Stop smoking and, if you do not smoke, don’t start.
If you are receiving chemotherapy, you understand how important it is to follow your treatment. However, you also want to continue living your daily life as fully as possible. Ask your doctor about using a cooling cap which can reduce the risk of losing your hair while undergoing chemotherapy treatments.
Before and After
Hair Loss Treatments
If you have been faithfully taking care of your hair, following every single recommendation, and you are still unhappy with your hair or lack of it, the time may have come for you to have a serious talk with your doctor regarding possible treatments. Read on to find out what these are and what results in you can expect from each.
Your doctor may recommend you start on an over-the-counter minoxidil treatment. Applying a 5% minoxidil foam to your hair at bedtime every night and rinsing it out when you wake up may result in improved hair density. Keep in mind that, if you chose to take this path, you need to commit to it for a period of 6 to 12 months. It is important that you do not become impatient since it will take at least three months for you to start noticing whether there are any results. By applying it a few more months the results should be even easier to see. However, this is not a permanent solution in the sense that it will stop working as soon as you stop using it. Also, you need to keep in mind the possibility that your insurance will not cover this treatment.
It is important that you see your doctor because the underlying condition that is causing your hair loss may be an indication of something else that needs to be discovered.
And if you think minoxidil might not be for you, you may start by taking an easier approach such as using hair products that add volume, varying your hairstyle, coloring your hair. But no matter what you decide to do in the end, remember to always handle your hair with great gentleness and care.
What Are You Treatment Options ?
If you want to treat male-pattern baldness with prescriptions of OTC drugs, the FDA has approved these remedies. Keep in mind that they both may take up to a year to offer results and require that you keep taking them to maintain the new hair:
A prescription pill that you take every day.
Which in this case would need to be applied either in liquid or foam twice a day to the scalp.
Factor X Hair Treatment
What It Is
FactorX is an Aesthetic Grade Product intended for topic use only. Used along with an abrasive technique such as micro-needling, FactorX may dramatically help improve the quality and texture of many skin types and issues, especially sun spots and sun damage discoloration. Factor X may be used alone or in combination with Organicell™ Medical Grade Products for injection for hair restoration which MAXIMUM SAFETY & may dramatically improve new hair growth.
How It Works
The next generation of regenerative therapy is here. By isolating the beneficial nanoparticles released by regenerative cells, FactorX uses these powerful messengers that might promote hair regrowth.
FactorX is a proprietary therapeutic derived from
perinatal tissues. This is a rich source of growth
factors, peptides, hyaluronic acid, and extracellular
vesicles that contain microRNA. Hair loss or thinning due to inflamed or damaged cells in the hair follicle may be treated by administering these regenerative proteins and molecules. These components may help reduce inflammation to promote healthier, stronger hair follicles, and may stimulate new hair growth.
There are two popular methods used for hair transplants. To perform them, your doctor needs to harvest hair from an area that still grows it and move it to the area that needs it. Your doctor will sterilize and numb the area that will donate the hair but you may request to be sedated so that you can sleep through the entire procedure.
Your surgeon will discuss with you both procedures and, depending on the condition of your scalp and your remaining hair will decide to perform either follicular unit transplantation (FUT) or a follicular unit extraction (FUE). Here is how each one is performed:
Follicular Unit Transplantation
For FUT to be successful, the surgeon must remove a strip of skin from the back of your head that measures between 6 and 10 inches in length. Then, the area from which this skin has been removed is closed with stitches, and covered with gauze.
This strip of skin is separated into smaller sections with a scalpel. These smaller sections are called grafts and they can be so small as to contain only one hair each. The surgeon will now make tiny holes in your scalp and insert a graft. The procedure is repeated over and over.
Generally, the number of grafts you receive will depend on your type of hair, the size of the transplant area, your hair color, and the quality and thickness of your hair.
Follicular Unit Extraction
In this case, the surgeon will shave off hair from the back of your head. Then, individual follicles will be harvested from the skin of your scalp (you may see the tiny marks where the follicles were removed). The second phase is the same as with FUT and each graft is placed where needed.
What should you do after receiving your hair transplant?
First of all, it is important to know that these procedures may be performed in several hours in some cases and for several days in others. This depends on the amount that needs to be done. In any case, you may go home immediately after finishing the procedure.
Once the stitches are ready to come out, the gauze will be removed. If your doctor notices any swelling, triamcinolone might be injected to take care of it. It is likely that you will feel pain or soreness in the affected area. To deal with the pain you may take pain medications. Your doctor may also prescribe an antibiotic to avoid infections and anti-inflammatories to relieve swelling.
It is recommended that you do not wash your hair until a few days after the surgery and you should use the mildest shampoos during the first weeks. Although you should be able to go back to work in about three days, it is recommended that you do not exercise for at least a week, not wear hats or pullover sweaters until you get authorization from your doctor to do so, and don’t brush the grafts for about three weeks.
To preserve the hair you have and grow new strands, turn to Minoxidil and commit to applying it every day for women and twice a day for men. It will take some months to show results but will keep working as long as you keep using it faithfully.
There are several actions you can take to stop or slow down hair loss. Among them:
- Add protein to your diet
- Take multivitamins and supplements such as vitamin A, D, and Biotin
- Use a mild shampoo
- Style your hair gently
- Avoid chemical treatments that may damage your hair
In order for hair to regrow the follicle should still work. If it has closed, is scarred, has disappeared, or has not generated hair in years it will be unable to allow hair to grow. But follicles that are intact may regrow hair, and if the hair they grow is thin, it may be possible to improve it.
No matter what problem you have with your hair, our team of experts at Med Smart Group has the solution for you. Make an appointment today to get started.