Common Hair Loss Problems and Effective Baldness Treatments
You might see that your hair are shedding and becoming thin day by day. No need to get worried about it as you can now get them back again. Say thanks to the breakthroughs in baldness cure or treatments. With the revolution in biology and powerfully armed new tools, scientists are making their full efforts to read the complex structure and language of the body and how to coin the advanced methods of baldness treatment.
Nowadays, it is the most common problem that people face. Baldness usually occurs when the normal functioning of the hair growth is disrupted. Some of the most common problems of baldness are:
Androgenetic Alopecia: The first thing that comes in your mind when you hear about baldness is the aging in men. Almost all men get receding M-shaped hairline and thinning of hair on the top of the head. This is called male pattern baldness and is also known as Androgenetic Alopecia. It occurs due to the by-product of testosterone, Dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
Similarly, aging women also face the problem of thinning of hair, but it’s due to sex hormones, and is not necessary.
Telogen Effluvium: The name may seem fancy to you, but it means increased shedding of hair. But the good news is that the hair shed or lost, grow back in few months.
Chemotherapy-Induced Alopecia: Cancer cells are uncontrolled growth of cells. Chemotherapy takes advantage of this and kills these cells that have uncontrolled growth. Unfortunately, hair matrix cells are also similar kind of cells that show uncontrolled growth. Chemotherapy inhibits the growth of these cells, forcing them into catagen stage. Due to this the hair shaft does not develop properly leading to breakage and shedding of hair. Good news is that after chemotherapy, new and healthy hair grows again.
Alopecia Areata: At times your immune system attacks the cells of the growing hair bulbs and forces the hair follicles to enter the catagen stage that results in hair fall and breakage that occurs in patches across the scalp. This autoimmune condition is called Alopecia Areata.
If the only hair bulbs are attacked, the hair follicles regenerate when immune system is brought under control. It does not lead to serious condition as cicatricial alopecia does. In this the immune system attacks the stem cells in the bulge of the follicle that results in permanent hair loss.
Today’s Baldness Treatment:
Drugs: There are many shampoos available with Minoxidil as their key ingredient that is used to as baldness cure in men. Minoxidil originally developed as Rogaine is known to fight androgenic alopecia both in men and women.
The approved drug for baldness treatment is Propecia or Finasteride. It is used for male pattern baldness because it prevents the male sex hormone-testosterone to form DHT that shorten the hair growth phase and lengthens the resting stage of hair follicles that are hormone sensitive.
The side effect can be loss of libido, which goes away with time. Both the drugs can be used in combination and with surgery also to get better results.
Surgical Method: This is another method to combat baldness. It involves transplant of hair follicles onto the affected regions from the back or side of the head. Nowadays this hair graft is known as Follicular Unit hair transplants. They provide natural and accurate hair line.
Scalp reduction another method that involves cutting of the balding scalp and articulation of the remaining skin to reduce the bald area. This reduces the area of the transplant giving good results, but it leaves scar that needs to hidden by transplanting above it to hide it.
The efficacy of the transplant depends upon the health of the hair of the person and their availability for the transplant. This results in better hairline and best results without any pain or involving any surgical procedure.