Dealing with early signs of hair loss
Dealing with early signs of hair loss. Even though hair loss affects the majority of men. Socially it still has a stigma to it. Hair loss is considered to be an unwelcome sign of aging. Either getting older before your time. Or simply not wanting to look older. The loss of a youthful appearance. As a consequence, it often goes on to affect self-confidence. Dealing with early signs of hair loss can be the answer.
On the whole, most want to look their best. It helps us feel good about ourselves. That in itself has a positive effect on how we behave. More and more people look to cosmetic surgery for answers. As a result, a hair transplant has never been more popular. However, there may be better options. When dealing with early signs of hair loss. It is not uncommon. If you ask many hair loss sufferers when they first noticed hair loss. They will remember. At this point dealing with early signs of hair loss. Would make sense.
Check the cause of your hair loss
There are many causes of hair loss. With genetic male pattern baldness. Being the main. But, there may be other reasons for hair loss. Therefore, dealing with early signs of hair loss. The initial hair assessment is important. In some cases, this can be performed as online consultation. Often a virtual consultation with the Dr. For instance is part of the consultation process. If, due to distance an in-person consultation at the clinic is not possible. Dr. Nikos will want a detailed virtual assessment with you.
Other hair loss causes can be simply the natural maturing of the hairline. Common in men in the early 20´s. Not necessarily leading to genetic hair loss. Then telogen effluvium, alopecia areata, and more aggressive forms. Hair loss is associated with a poor diet, illness, or even some medications. To name just a few.
Starting to look at treating hair loss
The initial assessment should give you a clear picture. How to start dealing with treating hair loss. For many, the first thought is to find a permanent solution. Therefore a hair transplant. But, before committing to a hair transplant. The pros and cons must be considered. The cons largely being at what age, and the potential for further hair loss. Notwithstanding the technical aspect. Being, do you have a good donor resource. To treat ongoing hair loss. As a result, it is not uncommon. For younger male hair loss sufferers be recommended a hair loss treatment. Above a hair transplant. Especially in the early stages of hair loss.
A hair transplant is not a hair loss cure. It will not prevent ongoing hair loss. As a result, if not planned well. This can lead to an unnatural pattern of hair growth. That said, on the right candidate. A hair transplant and medications can complement each other. There are only three FDA-approved medicated treatments and therapies for the treatment of hair loss. Although FDA approved it must be understood there is no miracle cure. Results will vary from person to person. Always consult a specialist before using.
Is a topical application applied to the scalp twice daily, 1ml each application. Available over-the-counter in 2% or 5% lotion, and now in a foam form, the active ingredient is thought to increase blood circulation locally, acting as a vasodilator.
Is a tablet taken daily and acts by inhibiting the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is the cause of male pattern hair loss. It is available only on prescription and cannot be taken by women. It slows hair loss and stimulates some new hair growth, and works more effectively on the crown and mid- scalp than the frontal area.
The most recently approved treatment uses low-level red laser light which stimulates hair follicles. The size of a normal hairbrush or in a dome form, it improves the strength and appearance of hair as well as hair growth.
Natural and Herbal Treatments
There are also many natural herbal options available. Of course mainly with anecdotal experience of affecting hair growth. With any medication or therapy treatment it is always best to consult with a specialist. Natural or drug, there maybe side effects. But, if you suffer from hair loss. Importantly see evidence that can be proven by a third party. That the methods are proven to work.
Restoring lost hair surgically with a hair transplant
Follicular Unit Hair Transplant Surgery is now the most refined form of hair transplantation. Greater skills have to be applied as well as time to excise the natural groups of FU intact. Follicular Unit transplanting separates the natural groups of hairs, from 1-4 hairs in each group, and thus enables the groups to be utilised in the optimum place in the recipient zone.
FUT hair transplant surgery the doctor removes the hair from a thin strip of the hair-bearing tissue. This is taken from around the back and sides of the head. Follicular Unit Extraction/FUE, on the other hand, uses a micro-punch to extract each hair unit. One by one from around the donor area. The number of punch extractions is directly related to the number of grafts required. With both techniques it has been medically recognised that hair from the donor can be moved. Then placed in an area of hair loss. This hair will continue to grow after being moved to the new area.
Dr. Nikos’s checklist & important considerations
- Your age now.
- How progressive has your hair loss been?
- What is your family hair loss history? Maternal and paternal
- How have you addressed your hair loss? tried various medications, and if so how effective?
- Have you undergone a hair transplant before, if so what technique, how long ago, and how many grafts?
- What are your objectives? Do you want to achieve conservative or aggressive coverage?
- Where are your priorities? Front hairline, mid-scalp, crown, entire head, repair?
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