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Cosmetic and surgical treatments for hair loss

  • Posted on- Dec 21, 2015
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All of us lose about 50 to 100 strands of hair everyday and there is nothing to worry about it. However, if the hair falls off at a very fast rate and is not replaced with new hair growth, then it becomes a cause for concern. This abnormal loss of hair is also referred to as alopecia. Today, a larger number of people are affected by it than before. It is not just older people losing hair due to aging, many young men and women are dealing with this too. The noticeable characteristics of thinning hair are a receding hairline and an appearance of bald patches in the middle of the scalp. If left untreated, it can lead to complete baldness. To prevent this and to regain their confidence, younger people in particular start looking for various options for hair loss treatment.

Cosmetic methods for hair loss

Mesotherapy is a cosmetic, non-surgical method of treatment to restore hair loss. During the procedure, a unique blend of medicines, natural extracts, vitamins and minerals are directly injected into the scalp. It restores the supply of all those nutritional components to the hair follicles that were robbed off due to the presence of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). These nutrients make the hair roots stronger and control hair fall. Moreover, it improves blood circulation in the area and increases the size of the hair follicle. These favourable conditions stimulate growth of new hair on the treated spot.

How does Mesotherapy works?

Mesotherapy is a safe and effective way to fight off hair loss. It involves administration of a series of microinjections that contains a small dosage of active nutrients into various spots on the scalp. The medicated solution is pushed into the mesoderm, a layer of fat that lies below the scalp skin using a specialised gun which is fitted with a thin, small sterile needle. Even though the needle is inserted 2-3 mm deep into the scalp, no anaesthetic is needed before applying the injection. This is a prolonged treatment that may continue for a few months to one year. It largely depends on the number of sessions that a person needs. The duration of every session is roughly around 30-45 minutes and in every session, the injection is given in a different part of the scalp.

Mesotherapy works only if it is performed in living cells and does not work on dead cells or on those areas where bald spots have already appeared. This treatment does not cure the actual hair loss problem. However, when the medicines enter the living cells of hair follicles, the actions of the DHT hormone is blocked so that the hair can re-grow. The results of the treatment can be seen over a period of time. Some people take a longer time to respond towards the treatment. Usually, at the end of 4-5 sessions, the hair fall stops completely but no sign of growth of new hair is observed. New hair usually starts growing after the eighth session.

One of the reasons behind the rising popularity of mesotherapy to replenish hair loss is that it is almost painless and is absolutely safe for both men and women. You will experience a slight pricking sensation at the time of the treatment. Later on, you may notice signs of minor bruising at the site but it will disappear after a week or so.

Surgical methods for hair loss

Hair transplant surgery is a procedure used to treat hair loss. Various techniques are available, but all hair transplants involve taking hair-bearing skin from one part of the scalp and grafting these pieces of skin onto bald or thinning areas of the scalp or areas of trauma.

Hair transplantation is not a cure for male pattern baldness. The transplants will cover bald scalp, but they will not protect you from further hair loss. As male pattern baldness is a progressive condition for most men, you should also consider combining surgery with medical treatments to slow down the balding process. You should discuss this with your doctor.

Things to consider before having hair transplant surgery

  • It is important to have realistic expectations. If you start off without much hair, a transplant will not give you a full head of hair. The thicker and denser your remaining hair, the better the results will be.
  • Normally, thick hair that is light coloured or grey gives better results than hair that is thin and dark coloured.
  • Following hair transplantation, it can take up to nine months before the hair takes root and begins to fill in.
  • Ask your surgeon about any out-of-pocket costs you can expect.
  • If you are serious about undergoing hair transplant surgery and smoke, you should try to quit smoking.
  • There may be a need for continuing medical treatment after hair transplant surgery.