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Hair Transplant Procedure - After Operative Care!

Dr.Shricharith Shetty 89% (164ratings)
MD- Dermatology, DNB (Dermatology)
Dermatologist, Mangalore
Hair Transplant Procedure - After Operative Care!

Male pattern baldness and other kinds of baldness can turn out to be a pesky affair that also eventually might have a bearing on your confidence level. A hair transplant is an excellent way of dealing with this issue. This method usually takes the hair follicles from the donor site and implants them on the scalp where male pattern balding has set in. While this is an effective and commonly used process, it also comes with minor scars and other issues. There are many things which you must take care of, after the procedure. Here are a few of those things.

  • Scars: The procedure will leave you with a few scars as you wait for the hair to grow back from the replaced follicles. There may also be a little bit of swelling or inflammation at the site of the transplant which may cause irritation. Ask your surgeon for medication which will bring down the swelling. You must make sure that you do not touch or scratch the surface under any circumstances.
     
  • Elevation: After the procedure, as mentioned before, there will be some amount of swelling. So, it is important to keep your head in an elevated position so as to ensure that there is no extra swelling in the head. For this, you may have to sleep with your head on two pillows so as to keep the head propped up. Also, you may want to sleep or relax in a reclining chair for a few days until the swelling subsides.
     
  • Physical Activity: Sweating will make the scar and swelling even itchier. So it is imperative that you shy away from physical activities like workouts and running. Also, you may want to stay out of the sun, or even avoid a trip to the sauna for a few days as the exposure may lead to sweating.
     
  • Hygiene: The area around the scar and your scalp, in general, must be kept clean. Use mild shampoos and medication to keep the numbness and irritation at bay so that the scars get enough time to recover.
     
  • Food: In order to help the scar recover faster, you will need to avoid food that is too spicy as this usually has an adverse effect on the incisions and scars after any surgical procedure. These spices usually create a lot of heat and can cause further swelling, redness and other symptoms. Excessive alcohol consumption must also be avoided.

There are a number of things that you can take care of after a hair transplant procedure in order to recover faster and be comfortable until the hair growth starts. Talk to us in a private consultation for more information!

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Genetic Baldness - Does PRP Treatment Give Long Lasting Results?

Dr.Rohit Shah 91% (434ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) And Naturopath (ND)
Ayurvedic Doctor, Surat
Genetic Baldness - Does PRP Treatment Give Long Lasting Results?

Hair loss is a common problem and is a source of worry for millions of people around the world. While many forms of treatment have been developed over the years, science has yet to conclusively prove the benefits of many such hair loss treatments. PRP treatment is one such baldness treatment, which is highly popular. However, is it effective at treating baldness?

What is PRP treatment?

Platelet-rich plasma or PRP treatment is a procedure involving three distinct steps. The first step involves drawing blood from your body. Doctors will process this blood and then inject it into your scalp. The medical community is divided when it comes to determining the efficiency of this treatment. Some doctors believe it helps natural hair growth, while others feel that more research and study is necessary.

Here is a detailed look at the PRP procedure.

  • Step 1- Doctors will draw your blood from your arm. They place the blood in a centrifuge.

  • Step 2- After 10 minutes inside the centrifuge, the blood separates into red blood cells, platelet-rich plasma and platelet-poor plasma.

  • Step 3- The doctors inject the platelet-rich plasma into the scalp of the patient suffering from baldness.

The disadvantages of PRP treatment for baldness-

Even though the treatment may show some positive results, there are several negative aspects of PRP treatment, which you need to consider.

  • Not enough scientific evidence to support its efficiency against baldness

  • Can lead to side effects, such as injury to blood vessels, infection, calcification and others

  • PRP treatment is expensive and you may not be able to afford it.

Therefore, it is better not to rely on PRP treatments for your hair loss. In fact, Ayurvedic treatments are your best option, in terms of safety and reliability.

Role of Ayurveda in treating baldness-

Ayurveda is the oldest branch of medicine in the world. It relies on remedies sourced from various trees, plants, fruits and more. In Ayurveda, hair loss of any kind is known as Khalitya. Ayurvedic practitioners believe that hair loss occurs because of faults in all three doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) in the human body. Depending on the cause for the baldness, the doctor will prescribe the type of Ayurvedic remedy suitable to you.

Oils, extracts, packs may help rejuvenate your hair follicles and lead to hair growth. Additionally, Panchakarma treatment also helps fight against baldness. Lastly, all of these treatments have to be combined with lifestyle changes, if you want to experience the best results.

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Alopecia Treatment In Homeopathy!

Dr.Rizwan Khan 91% (158ratings)
BHMS
Homeopathy Doctor, Gwalior
Alopecia Treatment In Homeopathy!

One of the biggest worries that can be caused by a seemingly harmless thing is that caused by falling of hair or hair loss as it immediately throws up a stark image of a bald pate, which no one wants to have. The very thought of hair fall tends to lower your confidence about your looks. It may even make you a target of jokes. A commonly heard joke in our part of the world is that if one is losing hair, it is an indication that he is becoming rich. In reality, the opposite is more likely to be true. A person with falling hair ends up losing or spending a fortune trying to stop the hair from falling and preserving one’s crowning glory. Moreover, there is no dearth of enterprising people out to fleece such patients who are already hassled.

Causes of Hairfall or Baldness-
The causes of excessive hairfall can vary from person to person as there are various possible reasons for this phenomenon.

  1. Deficiency in one’s diet where one does not get adequate levels of the required minerals and vitamins can be one prominent cause. Micronutrients like Zinc, Selenium and Iron are important for the normal growth of hair and any deficiency in these can cause hairfall.
  2. The absence of good health or the presence of some or the other illness can also cause the hairfall to increase. 
  3. In males, the most common cause is the androgenic baldness or the male pattern baldness. This variety of baldness is present only in males and tends to run in families. It occurs due to the presence of an excess of testosterone, which results in increased hair growth all over the body but the hair on the head falls out.
  4. Fungal infections of the scalp can also cause baldness in patches. Other localised infections of the scalp can also cause hairfall.
  5. Hairfall can occur in females just after pregnancy or after delivery. This has to do with the changes in the hormones that occur during these phases.

Role of Homeopathy in Curing Hairfall-

Homeopathy is very effective in treating hair fall or baldness or alopecia. As mentioned earlier, when we say baldness, we do not mean the male pattern baldness or the androgenic baldness. In such cases, we can only reduce the hairfall. But in other cases, the homeopathic medicines for hair fall not only treat the symptoms i.e. the hairfall but also cure the systemic problems that are the root cause of the hairfall. In case the bald spots are happening due to fungal infections, the homeopathic medicines eradicate the fungus completely and the hair grow back on their own completely naturally.

Homoeopathic Medicines For Hair Fall or Baldness or Alopecia-
Homoeopathic medicines like Acid Flour, Phosphorus, Lycopodium, Thuja and Silicea have been very effective in treating hair loss. It is very important to study the patient in great detail and find the exact cause of the problem and treat the root cause. Sometimes, there may be some hidden stress in the mind of the patient which may have caused this hair fall and it also needs to be treated accordingly if we want a permanent cure to the problem. Given below are the 5 best Homeopathic medicines for hair fall or baldness-

  1. Acid Flour – best homoeopathic medicine for baldness in spots
  2. Thuja – best remedy for hair fall with dandruff
  3. Lycopodium – best medicine for hair fall after delivery
  4. Silicea – best treatment for baldness with constipation
  5. Phosphorus- best medicine for hair falling out in handfuls

These medicines are very effective in treating hair fall or baldness. The only thing is that the symptoms of the patient should be matched carefully with the right homoeopathic medicine. In a lot of cases, some different medicine might be required based on the symptoms of the patient. 

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Alopecia - How Can Homeopathy Subdue It?

Dr.Vibha Mevada 87% (19ratings)
BHMS, Certificate Course in Advance Homeopathy (CCAH), Masters Course in Advance Homeopathic (MCAH)
Homeopathy Doctor, Indore
Alopecia - How Can Homeopathy Subdue It?

Alopecia areata is a condition that makes hair fall out in patches. For the same reason, it is also known as patchy baldness. This condition occurs when an individual’s own immune system starts to attack the hair follicles. This is the reason why it can even prevent hair from coming back.

In some people though, hair may grow back again. However, there is no guarantee that they will now fall out again. The extent of hair loss and the appearance of patches varies from one person to another.

Apart from autoimmune diseases, the following are some of the reasons that trigger alopecia or patchy baldness:

  1. Abnormal levels of androgens
  2. Stress, childbirth, or any type of illness 
  3. The use of specific drugs such as chemotherapy agents, beta-blockers, blood-thinning medications, and birth control pills
  4. Cosmetic procedures such as frequent shampooing, bleaching, and perms
  5. Low-protein diet
  6. Burns and injuries
  7. Thyroid, iron deficiency, lupus, or diabetes

There is no remedy available for complete cure of patchy baldness. However, it can be managed with the help of conventional treatment modalities such as ultraviolet light treatment, immunotherapy, topical or oral steroids and steroids injections.

But there is not any surety that these treatment modalities will work effectively for all patients. Moreover, a majority of these treatment modalities may take months to show results. Homeopathic treatment, on the other hand, is considered highly effective and efficient against alopecia areata. There are a number of homeopathic medications that can help provide long-term relief and permanent cure. Moreover, these homeopathic remedies are 100 percent safe and do not cause any side effects, unlike conventional treatment options.

Following are some of the common homeopathic medications made available to the patients from the treatment of alopecia areata or patchy baldness:

  1. Silica: This proves to be highly beneficial against baldness in young people and hair fall in the forehead and frontal region. It also helps control early greying of hair.
  2. Graphites: This help control hair fall from the sides of the scalp. It also takes good care of patchy baldness and hair loss associated with menopause.
  3. Phosphorus: It is highly effective against patchy baldness and other problems related to the scalp such as the itchy and dry scalp and dandruff. It also helps treat hair fall after any haemorrhagic disorder.
  4. Fluoric acid: This is best suited for people who have a tendency to develop alopecia because of family history. It also helps control brittle hair, idiopathic hair fall, and vertex baldness.
  5. Phosphoric acid: This helps control hair fall related to grief, thinning of hair, and early graying of hair.
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Baldness - Have Ayurveda At Your Rescue!

Dr.Ankit Pandey 92% (75ratings)
Diploma In Skin Aesthetics (DSA), MD, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Aesthetic Medicine Specialist, Jabalpur
Baldness - Have Ayurveda At Your Rescue!

Ayurveda, translated into science of life and longevity, has been practised in India for more than 5000 years old and has gained worldwide popularity. It uses noninvasive and natural methods and produces minimal side effects and therefore is being widely accepted.

Ayurveda believes that the body is made of pitta, vata, and kapha doshas. Any disease is the result of imbalance between these or predominance of one over the others. Hair loss or alopecia is believed to be imbalance in the pitta dosha. This leads to slower hair growth, weak hair, and greater hair fall rate.

Something that affects image and self-esteem, many would like to cure or at least halt baldness. There are various treatment options that have a dual effect on baldness - reduce hair fall and promote hair growth, thereby providing a holistic treatment for baldness.

Bhringraj Oil (Eclipta Elba): Used since centuries ago, it promotes the normal hair growth cycle in an accelerated way.  It activates a large number of hair follicles and therefore regular application is believed to help prevent alopecia (baldness).

Amla (Phyllanthus Emblica): While baldness has many reasons, dandruff is one of the most important and common causes. Amla is added to many hair oil formulations because of its proven effective to reduce dandruff. It acts on the fungi that thrive on the scalp and reduces inflammation of the scalp.

Shikakai (Acacia Concinna): Another very popular herb is the Shikakai. Used as a hair cleansing agent by many people, it is devoid of the chemical effect that shampoos carry. The pods are proven to prevent dandruff and promote hair growth. 

Tectona Grandis: Another active ingredient of Ayurvedic formulations, the seeds of Tectona promote growth and development of hair follicles. A large number of follicles are activated, thereby producing thicker, fuller hair. 

Cuscuta Reflexa: Another reason for baldness is hormonal imbalance, especially in males. Abnormalities with androgen, the male hormone, can trigger abnormal hair loss. Adding cuscuta has been proven to reverse baldness by promoting a better anagen/telogen ratio where hair follicle maturation happens.  In baldness cases, maturation happens only in about 20% of the follicles. Cuscuta activates the follicles and increases follicular density.  It also manages the hormonal imbalance by preventing the conversion of testosterone into a variant called dihydrotestestone that is believed to cause the damage.

While these and various other substances are believed to reduce baldness and promote hair growth, it is always important to remember that each body will respond differently to these substances. Thorough physical examination and a detailed history should be done before starting any of these products. 
 

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Ayurvedic Treatment For Baldness

Dr.Rohit Shah 91% (434ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) And Naturopath (ND)
Ayurvedic Doctor, Surat
Ayurvedic Treatment For Baldness

Ayurveda, translated into science of life and longevity, has been practiced in India for more than 5000 years old and has gained worldwide popularity. It uses noninvasive and natural methods and produces minimal side effects and therefore is being widely accepted.

Ayurveda believes that the body is made of pitta, vata, and kapha doshas. Any disease is the result of imbalance between these or predominance of one over the others. Hair loss or alopecia is believed to be imbalance in the pitta dosha. This leads to slower hair growth, weak hair, and greater hair fall rate. Something that affects image and self-esteem, many would like to cure or at least halt baldness.

There are various treatment options that have a dual effect on baldness - reduce hair fall and promote hair growth, thereby providing a holistic treatment for baldness.

  • Bhringraj Oil (Eclipta Elba): Used since centuries ago, it promotes the normal hair growth cycle in an accelerated way.  It activates a large number of hair follicles and therefore regular application is believed to help prevent alopecia (baldness).
  • Amla (Phyllanthus Emblica): While baldness has many reasons, dandruff is one of the most important and common causes. Amla is added to many hair oil formulations because of its proven effect to reduce dandruff. It acts on the fungi that thrive on the scalp and reduces inflammation of the scalp.
  • Shikakai (Acacia Concinna): Another very popular herb is the Shikakai. Used as a hair cleansing agent by many people, it is devoid of the chemical effect that shampoos carry. The pods are proven to prevent dandruff and promote hair growth. 
  • Tectona Grandis: Another active ingredient of Ayurvedic formulations, the seeds of Tectona promote growth and development of hair follicles. Large number of follicles are activated, thereby producing thicker, fuller hair. 
  • Cuscuta Reflexa: Another reason for baldness is hormonal imbalance, especially in males. Abnormalities with androgen, the male hormone, can trigger abnormal hair loss. Adding cuscuta has been proven to reverse baldness by promoting a better anagen/telogen ratio where hair follicle maturation happens.  In baldness cases, maturation happens only in about 20% of the follicles. Cuscuta activates the follicles and increases follicular density.  It also manages the hormonal imbalance by preventing conversion of testosterone into a variant called dihydrotestestone that is believed to cause the damage.

While these and various other substances are believed to reduce baldness and promote hair growth, it is always important to remember that each body will respond differently to these substances. Thorough physical examination and a detailed history should be done before starting any of these products. 
 

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Baldness - How Can Ayurveda Assist In It?

Dr.Jeevan Sampat Jadhav 88% (118ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurvedic Doctor, Nashik
Baldness - How Can Ayurveda Assist In It?

Ayurveda, translated into science of life and longevity, has been practised in India for more than 5000 years old and has gained worldwide popularity. It uses noninvasive and natural methods and produces minimal side effects and therefore is being widely accepted.

Ayurveda believes that the body is made of pitta, vata, and kapha doshas. Any disease is the result of an imbalance between these or predominance of one over the others. Hair loss or alopecia is believed to be an imbalance in the pitta dosha. This leads to slower hair growth, weak hair, and greater hair fall rate.

Something that affects image and self-esteem, many would like to cure or at least halt baldness. There are various treatment options that have a dual effect on baldness - reduce hair fall and promote hair growth, thereby providing a holistic treatment for baldness.

Bhringraj Oil (Eclipta Elba): Used since centuries ago, it promotes the normal hair growth cycle in an accelerated way.  It activates a large number of hair follicles and therefore the regular application is believed to help prevent alopecia (baldness).

Amla (Phyllanthus Emblica): While baldness has many reasons, dandruff is one of the most important and common causes. Amla is added to many hair oil formulations because of its proven effective to reduce dandruff. It acts on the fungi that thrive on the scalp and reduces inflammation of the scalp.

Shikakai (Acacia Concinna): Another very popular herb is the Shikakai. Used as a hair cleansing agent by many people, it is devoid of the chemical effect that shampoos carry. The pods are proven to prevent dandruff and promote hair growth. 

Tectona Grandis: Another active ingredient of Ayurvedic formulations, the seeds of Tectona promote growth and development of hair follicles. Large number of follicles are activated, thereby producing thicker, fuller hair. 

Cuscuta Reflexa: Another reason for baldness is hormonal imbalance, especially in males. Abnormalities with androgen, the male hormone, can trigger abnormal hair loss. Adding cuscuta has been proven to reverse baldness by promoting a better anagen/telogen ratio where hair follicle maturation happens.  In baldness cases, maturation happens only in about 20% of the follicles. Cuscuta activates the follicles and increases follicular density.  It also manages the hormonal imbalance by preventing the conversion of testosterone into a variant called dihydrotestestone that is believed to cause the damage.

While these and various other substances are believed to reduce baldness and promote hair growth, it is always important to remember that each body will respond differently to these substances. Thorough physical examination and a detailed history should be done before starting any of these products. 

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Alopecia - Know Ways Of Tackling It!

MBBS, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Hyderabad
Alopecia - Know Ways Of Tackling It!

What is Alopecia Areata?
Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune condition that results in shedding of hair in small and random patches. Alopecia, in general, affects the scalp, but then again it can also occur in other parts of the body.
The exact reason for alopecia still remains undefined. Nevertheless, it has found that most people who have a family history of autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, and type 1 diabetes are the most vulnerable to this condition. The good news for you is that although this illness has no cure, there are treatments which can help your hair regrow quickly and may also, in many cases, prevent future hair loss.

How is Alopecia diagnosed?
While the doctor may be able to diagnose this disease by simply looking at the extent of hair loss, he can also examine a few strands of the hair samples under a microscope. If needed, your doctor can also perform a scalp biopsy to rule out other conditions that may have caused the hair loss, such as fungal infections like tinea capitis. While performing a biopsy, the doctor will remove a small piece of skin (no more than the nail on your little finger) on your scalp for analysis. If other autoimmune conditions are suspected, blood tests may also be done. The specific blood test that needs to be performed depends completely on the particular disorder that your doctor suspects.

How is Alopecia treated?

  1. Medical Treatment: Minoxidil helps in stimulating hair growth and also prevents further hair loss. Other commonly used therapies include corticosteroid creams and steroid injections and ointment. In certain cases, photo-chemotherapy can be used as a part of the treatment plan to promote hair growth. Photo-chemotherapy is a type of radiation therapy that combines ultraviolet radiation along with oral medications as a follow-up.
  2. Alternate Therapy
    • If you wish, you can also choose alternative therapies to treat this condition. These therapies include:
    • Acupuncture (on the scalp)
    • Aromatherapy
    • Herbal supplements
    • Vitamin supplements (like vitamin E)
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Advantages Of Hair Transplant Surgery!

Clinic Elegance 86% (12ratings)
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Delhi
Advantages Of Hair Transplant Surgery!

Hair transplantation surgery is a procedure where the hair follicles are taken from a donor site (usually the side or back of the head) and implanted on the recipient site that is on the area of baldness. This is a common treatment for men with androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness) where the hair follicles reduce due to the influence of androgenic hormones. It can also help women with female pattern baldness.

Many people have reservations about the procedure but hair transplantation comes with a number of advantages, such as:

1. Natural growth after surgery

The biggest and most obvious benefit of hair transplantation is that it improves your physical appearance and eliminates the problem of balding completely. This is because the implanted hair follicles continue their natural growth process after they have been transplanted. So, your hair does not look artificial.

Premature bald spots often result in low self-esteem and self-confidence issues which can be effectively addressed by the surgery.

2. Uniform distribution of hair follicles

Hair transplantation with latest techniques gives natural distribution of hair and proper coverage of bald areas

3. Easy procedure and no side effects

The operation is done under local anaesthesia . You will feel no pain throughout the procedure. Very comfortable procedure and you will be awake throughout the procedure. This surgery is done at the level of skin and this is not related to the brain. There is no side effects of this surgery. Today, the surgeons mostly use micro grafts which are placed in such a way that all bald spots are covered with minimal effort.

4. One time procedure

Hair transplantation is the only permanent solution of baldness. No medical treatment for baldness is permanent. Once the hair transplantation has been done, it lasts a lifetime. .Since the grafts are made of your own hair, they continue to grow naturally throughout your lifetime allowing you to cut or style your hair as you wish.

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Non-Surgical Hair Replacement - Know More!

Dermatologist, Kolkata
Non-Surgical Hair Replacement - Know More!

Androgenic alopecia is a genetic condition that causes hair loss which is a problem being faced by millions of men and women. The great news is that there is a non-surgical hair replacement system that is designed to cover up the bald spots. Hairpieces are used as hair replacement systems but these are very different from the traditional toupees that are seen in old comedy flicks. Do you remember the funny actor who has his toupee fall off into the soup he was eating or whose hairpiece is left behind because it stuck on something? Those were the days when this embarrassment could also happen in real life, but today, if you want to cover up your baldness, you can get coverage back in a great way.

Several hair replacement options are available for you and the most important thing to do now is choose the one that best suits your condition and budget. If you are just starting your search, it is better to get as many opinions and as much information as possible about these hair systems so you can have a better understanding of the available options for you.

A popular method for hair restoration used today is hair replacement surgery. This is an effective method but there are factors that can prevent you from having this procedure. The first thing you would be concerned about is its cost. On average, a hair transplant procedure can cost more than $20,000 which is really a large amount of money, especially for an average person. Each hair implant is priced between $3 and $8 and the usual number of hair implants that you might need for your bald spot is between 1000 and 3000 units. A cheaper method is non-surgical hair replacement.

Non-surgical hair replacement systems are designed to give you a covering on your head that is composed of natural or artificial hairs bonded into a base material. You have a lot of options for this treatment method and thus you can see a significant difference in the cost of hair replacement.

Some of the factors that you have to consider when you plan to have a balding treatment for men are how great the hairs of the replacement system exactly matches the density, color, and texture of your own. Density refers to the number of hair of units per square centimeter that you have in your present hair. If this number is matched well, your new hair replacement well blend well with your existing hair. You would not want to look ridiculous by having thick hair on the top of your head and a less dense hair on its sides.

The color and texture are the other factors that should be taken into consideration since you want your new hair to look exactly like what you already have. You should take note also of the curls that you already have and the thickness of the shafts. You would not want to wear your new piece if your head has curly hair on the sides but is straight on top.

Wear-ability is another factor that should be covered when choosing one of these products. The system must be made of a material that will let the scalp freely breath. Building up a sweat under your hairpiece is unhygienic and can cause an unpleasant smell. The base material should be made of light materials so it remains unnoticeable and undetectable even if touched. You have the best hair system if others can't tell that you are wearing a hairpiece even by touching your scalp.

Lastly, make sure that the hairline is still intact so that you will still be able to comb your hair straight back and still have a hairline looks very natural. The hair replacement system should not limit its wearer to only some hairstyles but rather he should be able to wear it whichever way he wants.

Hairpieces have existed for a long time in the form of toupees. Unfortunately, they did not look very natural and also had a tendency to fall off. As the years passed, these products were improved up to the point that today they seem like natural hair and it is one of the best ways for someone to cope with hair loss. Non-surgical hair replacement is a recommended way to have a head full of hair because it makes a person look and feel great.

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