Hair Loss Treatment
Hair loss can be one of the most challenging problems you might face. Fortunately, there are several options for hair loss treatment. The effectiveness of each treatment may depend on the underlying cause of hair loss and the extent of the problem.
Minoxidil is a hair loss treatment that can be purchased over-the-counter. This is usually the first option people use because it is easily accessible. Minoxidil is usually found as a foam or spray, and you use the products several times each day on the balding areas. There are formulations for men and women, with the formulation for men being stronger.
One challenge of minoxidil, especially for women, is the product can cause hair growth in undesirable areas. Another problem that can occur is any hair regrowth will only be maintained as long as you use the product. Once you stop, the hair may fall out again.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is another treatment that is growing in popularity for different conditions, including hair loss. Your own blood is used for the treatment and processed to separate the platelets from red blood cells and other components. The plasma is injected into the balding areas of the scalp using small needles. In some instances a topical anesthetic might be used to minimize discomfort from multiple injections.
PRP has natural healing properties and can reduce inflammation. You will need multiple treatments before it can be determined if PRP is effective. Since the treatment uses your own blood, there is no risk of rejection and side effects are minimal.
Low-Level Laser Therapy
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is another option to treat hair loss. The treatment uses lasers to stimulate the follicles and possibly regrow hair. LLLT can also be effective when balding is not the issue, but hair thinning has occurred.
Since the laser is used at such a low level, it is also considered a “cold” laser. This means, unlike other lasers, it does not burn the treatment area. Like other non-invasive treatments, it will take multiple treatments before it is obvious whether LLLT is effective. This hair treatment therapy can be done in the nearest hair salon near you.
The most invasive treatment option for hair loss is hair transplantation. This should be used when other options are ineffective or cannot produce the desired results. In some types of hair loss, this may be the only option, such as when scarring has stopped hair from growing. During a hair transplant, a donor area elsewhere on the scalp is cut away to harvest the hair follicles.
The donor follicles are transplanted to the balding area. If the follicles are successfully transplanted, they will begin to grow in the recipient area. Hair transplantation is not necessarily a permanent solution for hair loss. Like hair elsewhere on the head, the donor follicles can stop growing, as well.
Since there are many underlying reasons for hair loss, not every treatment option will be effective. In most instances, it will be better to start with the easiest and least invasive treatment option before considering surgical techniques.