Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Hair Restoration and Hair Transplants Surgery Options

Thanks to medical science, women and men now have other truly good surgical and medical options that can restore their lost hair. Studies are proving that some medications are truly effective and safe like Finasteride for men or Minoxidil spray, as stand-alone options or along with surgery.

Hair restoration - Finasteride
Finasteride a patented product from Merck is a prescription drug and was introduced as the first oral medicine for male pattern hair loss. This drug is not for women.

Finasteride works by reducing the formation of DHT from testosterone by blocking an enzyme in the body. It decreases the amount of DHT. Thin wispy hair is produced by the affected follicles, which usually bounce back and produce a more thicker and longer hair. It takes around six to 12 months to show the results. Finasteride was originally devised to treat men having enlarged prostates, and has proved to be safe.

Hair restoration - Minoxidil
Both men and women who are suffering hair loss can use Minoxidil solution that can be applied to the scalp. Originally devised for treatment of blood pressure, doctors observed one side effect is good hair growth. It works to stop or slow down further hair loss. However, discontinuation of minoxidil results in the shedding of hair within a very short period of time.

Hair Transplants
Hair transplants are the best alternative for those who prefer a surgical solution. Sometimes simple multi-vitamins help too. Know more.Hair restoration with the use of surgery involves removal of hair-bearing permanent skin. This is then made into micro grafts (each containing 1-3 hairs) and minigrafts (containing 3-8 hairs). Today hair transplants are done with the latest techniques and produces a hairline that looks very natural. This doesn't cause any visible scarring and get covered by the transplanted hair. The hair that is grafted continues to grow and will not fall out.

If you are rapidly losing your hair, then keep a check on your diet and take medical help from a physician. Zinc and Biotin are very good for hair growth. Sometimes a simple multivitamin like One A Day or Centrum are enough to compensate for any nutrients that are lost. Sometimes you may need a larger dose but consult the doctor before you take them.

There is an increase in hormone production like estrogen and decrease in sebum production during pregnancy. Post pregnancy, there is hair loss in about 50% of the women. This condition is called as, post-partum alopecia. The symptoms start around 10 - 14 weeks after the pregnancy, and usually last for around three months. Afterwards the this stage the hair comes back normally.

Hair care products such as shampoos and conditioners affect the condition of the hair that you have, and the manageability of that hair, or to be precise, the way you look and feel. Environmental and emotional stress can lead to a sudden onset of hair thinning or patchy hair loss. The remedy is: reduce stress if you can, or seek medical help.