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Female Hair Loss: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

Last Updated: Apr 10, 2024

What is the treatment?

Female hair loss is a condition wherein, a woman starts her losing hair. Most women experience hair thinning and hair loss where they part their hair or at the top central portion of their head. It could be due to ageing, hormonal changes, hereditary condition, stress or a particular hair style or treatment. Women may also experience hair loss at the time of menopause or post partum period. Medications are available in the form of pills, liquid or gel to stop hair loss and grow more hair. If you want a permanent solution to the problem, your hair can be transplanted by a cosmetic surgery. You can go for wigs or hair pieces if you do not want to go undergo surgery or medications.

How is the treatment done?

You must consult a doctor if your hair loss condition is getting out of hand. The doctor will first prescribe you with some medications. Minoxidil is an over the counter medication that you must rub in your scalp twice a day for 16 weeks. It is available in the form of liquid or foam. There are some medications, like finasteride, that are supposed to be used only by men. Make sure that you consult a good doctor and do not consume the wrong medications. If medications do not work, you have the option to go for hair transplant or hair restoration surgery. It is a fairly permanent treatment to your hair loss woes. Hair restoration surgery is quite effective if the top of your head is facing permanent hair loss. Tiny plugs of skin, containing a few strands of hair, will be removed from the sides or back of your scalp. These plugs will then be implanted in the bald sections of your scalp. However, this process is more expensive and painful. If these treatments do not work out, you may want to try wigs or hair pieces. There are authentic and good quality wigs available which you may choose according to your already existing hair texture.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

If you are a woman facing serious hair loss issues, you must consult a doctor and try to get rid of it through medications. If medications do not solve your problem, you may go for surgery or hair pieces.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If you are going through some other medical treatment, the hair loss may be due to the side effects of those medications. Make sure you are over with that treatment before going for this one.

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Are there any side effects?

Consuming minoxidil may result in scalp irritation, unwanted hair growth on your face or hands and rapid heart rate. You may experience a little pain, infection or scarring if you get hair restoration surgery done.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

You must follow the guidelines prescribed by your doctor. Make sure that you are consuming a nutritious diet filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, dairy products, fish, oysters and other food items rich in vitamin C. Stay away from tobacco and alcohol.

How long does it take to recover?

Minoxidil takes about 16 weeks to show results. Surgery will be done in 2-3 sessions depending on the severity of your condition. It will immediately show results but you will have to take some precautions for a few weeks.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Minoxidil may cost between ₹250 - ₹600 per 50ml. The cost of hair transplant surgery may be between ₹50000- ₹250000 depending on the number of plugs that need to be implanted to treat your condition.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The results of the treatments are permanent if you keep consuming the prescribed medications and follow the guidelines after the treatment is done.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Rubbing your scalp with coconut oil, lavender oil and rosemary oil is considered to be good in order to stop hair loss. Almond oil is also good for hair growth. You may also try consuming vitamin E supplements to improve the health of your hair.

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