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Treatment options for hair loss

by on Jul.11, 2013, under Journal

Hair loss can be due to several reasons. The treatment is influenced by the underlying cause, such as hair loss due to infection or condition, such as anemia, improves with treatment of the infection or condition. Hair can grow back, in some cases, even after chemotherapy. Treatment options for hair loss due to conditions that do not improve without treatment includes medicines and surgery.

Medication

Hair loss caused by an underlying disease requiring treatment for this disease. It may also need medications to reduce inflammation and suppress the immune system, such as prednisone.

Drugs approved for the treatment of hair loss include:

Minoxidil: It is available as a liquid over-the-counter or foam must be applied topically to the scalp. It should be rubbed into the scalp twice daily to grow hair and prevent further losses. It not only slows the rate of hair loss, but also led to hair regrowth. It takes about 12 weeks for new hair starts to grow. Minoxidil is available in a 2 percent solution of 5 percent. If you stop using it, the hair loss will restart. Some common side effects include irritation of the scalp, unwanted hair growth on the adjacent skin of the forehead or face.

Finasteride: It is available as a prescription for the treatment of male pattern baldness drug. It is approved for use only by men. The drugs are taken daily as a pill. Finasteride helps slow hair loss and in some men, it can lead to the growth of new hair. It can cause side effects such as decreased libido and sexual function. This is rarely the risk of a type of fast-growing prostate cancer has increased. It should be avoided by women of childbearing age.

Surgery

The most common type of permanent hair loss is one that affects only the top of the head. Surgery using the hair you end up with to cover the bald sections of the scalp. Surgical procedures used to treat baldness are effective but expensive and can be painful. Some of the risks associated with these procedures include infection and scarring.

  • Hair transplants: In this surgery, tiny plugs of skin, each containing some hair strands are collected on the spot with hair (usually on the back or sides of the scalp). The plugs are then inserted into the sections of alopecia of the scalp. You may need several sessions transplant as hereditary hair loss progresses with time.
  • Scalp reduction: During this procedure, a portion of the bald skin on the head is removed by surgery. After removing the bald scalp, the space is covered with hair. In another technique known as flap procedure, the hair-bearing skin is folded over an area of ​​the skin of the bald scalp.

Wigs and hairpieces

A reasonable medical or surgical treatment of baldness or if you do not respond to treatment alternative is wearing a wig or hairpiece. They are useful in two cases of temporary or permanent loss of hair. Hairpieces available today are of good quality and natural appearance.

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