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September 4, 2020
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Hair Growth Treatments - How And When To Choose One

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Hair loss is part of the natural hair formation cycle, and it is usually something that people don't really notice. Gradual hair loss is also natural during later years in life when the hormonal changes, and other age related factors influence hair production.The natural hair renewal cycle can be disturbed by a number of factors, ranging from genetics to hormones to nutrition. Although extensive research has been made in the hair restoration domain, the current treatment and technologies are more on a trial and error basis.

There is no treatment that can guarantee 100% cessation of hair loss and successful hair regeneration. Hair growth is a complex process that is still studied by modern medicine, and the success of current treatments is still limited. However, hair loss medications are one of the biggest selling treatments on the market, which means that most people will opt for one of these drugs during their lifetime:

1. Minoxidil is the most popular hair loss medication that acts as a vasodilator for the scalp area. This protects the hair follicles from shrinkage and stops the hair loss process. Although this medication is available over the counter, and can be used by anyone that experiences hair loss, it is recommended for those suffering from pattern hair loss. Men and women that have a genetic hair loss condition should ask their doctor about Minoxidil. The first signs of improved hair growth can be seen after 2-3 months of treatment. Do not use this medication during pregnancy or lactation.

2. Finasteride is also a widespread medication that helps hair regrowth and reduces hair loss. This is a prescription-only medication recommended for male pattern baldness. This substance inhibits the production of the DHT hormone that has been identified as a main factor of hair loss. This treatment can have side effects that affect sexual drive and sexual performance in some men. For this reason, it is recommended to try Minoxidil first. It is not recommended for women.

3. Spiranolactone is a medication that can stop hair loss and promote new hair growth in women who suffer from androgen triggered hair loss. Many women that suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) can suffer from acne, hair loss, and oily skin. Spiranolactone is also an ingredient of some birth control pills that are prescribed for women suffering from these conditions. However, taking this medication can have severe side effects, such as mood swings, depression, deep vein thrombosis, and more. A hormone level test should be undertaken in order to see if this medication can actually help. Only an endocrinologist can prescribe this type of drug against hair loss or other related symptoms.

4. Laser therapy and laser combs are part of the newer hair loss technologies. The treatment can be done in a clinic or at home, and the claim is that the low level laser therapy can stimulate the hair follicle and produce more hair. Laser combs work on the same principle and can be bought for home use. However, this therapy has failed to show significant hair loss reduction in most people that have used it. Side effects are still unknown, but there have been reports of skin discoloration in some people. Go for laser treatments only if no other treatment has worked, and avoid laser combs as they are expensive and most people have reported no success while using them.

5. Hair implants are another popular and expensive choice for those that want faster hair growth results. This kind of treatment works best for male pattern hair loss, and also for hair loss due to injury. Hair plugs are taken from other parts of the head, such as the back of the scalp, and transplanted in the affected areas. Although cosmetic results have improved in recent years, the treatment is far from offering perfect results. Side effects are also quite common, and include hair loss in some or all parts of the scalp, bleeding and scarring, or infection. Those that opt for a hair transplant should discuss all the risks with their doctor, as well as alternative treatments.

6. Herbal treatments that promote hair growth have been used in many cultures for thousands of years. Oils, herbs, fruits, and other plants have the ability to restore lost hair and prevent hair loss. These treatments work best on those that suffer from non-genetic hair loss, especially for women. However, anyone can use these treatments as a preventive method against hair loss.

Hair loss must be combated from more than one side if you suffer from a severe condition. More than one treatment may be necessary, and it is a good idea to start as early as possible. Hair growth can and does happen for many people, so it is all about finding the right cure.


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