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Overview

Hair Growth: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Hair growth can be hampered due to many reasons. An imbalanced diet without all the vital nutrients, harsh, chemically laced hair products used a little too often, dandruff, split ends, rough hair, and too many hair styling treatments over a short period of time can all drain your hair of its vital oils and nutrients, and hamper hair growth. Fortunately, there are many ways to ensure that your hair continues to grow and look healthy.

The treatments that are designed to enable hair growth need to focus on the individual cause for the lack of growth. For instance, if your hair does not grow due to an abundance of split ends, then it makes sense to treat the split ends. This can be done by either trimming your hair or using products that address the issue.

The market is saturated with a plethora of hair products that can help your hair grow longer, thicker, and much faster. From organic shampoos and conditioners, to the latest hair serums, there isn’t a dearth of treatment options that you can choose from. Hair oils and essential oils have proven themselves against the test of time and are one of the oldest ways to ensure that your hair grows. Once you have determined by it isn’t growing as well as you’d like it to, you can give any of these treatment options a go. Finding the treatment method that suits you the most may take some time but it’s certainly worth the wait.

How is the treatment done?

To start your treatment, you need to first assess your hair’s needs and problems. Begin by first categorizing whether your hair is oily, dry, frizzy, damaged, or filled with split ends in order to treat it properly. If you are unsure of how you can understand your hair better, you can either visit a competent professional at a salon or go to a special hair clinic where medical experts can help guide you better. Once you know what your natural hair type is, and what is causing it to grow insufficiently, you can begin treating it effectively.

One of the most common ways to address any hair care concern is through the shampoos and conditioners that you use. You need to be aware of the kinds of chemicals that are present in the shampoo you use and switch to products that are more organic. This is because chemicals can strip your hair of all its natural oil and even clog the pores in your scalp, making it harder for your hair to grow properly. It is also important not to wash your hair too frequently as you can further strip it of its essential nutrients.

Hair oils can be used an hour before you shampoo or overnight, depending on your preference. They add nutrition to your hair follicles, enabling them to not only look healthier but also grow faster, which is why oiling your hair can be a great way to boost hair growth. Almond, coconut, and amla hair oils are the leading oil types when it comes to hair growth. Others can be used to get rid of dandruff or address any other problems.

Hair serums are usually applied after the hair is washed, and usually on damp hair. They work especially well for hair that has been damaged due to over styling, and can help restore its natural lustre.

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

If you are concerned about the rate at which your hair is growing, then you should seek out treatment to boost its overall health and address any issues you may be facing that could be hampering the growth.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If you are underdoing intense medical treatments, such as chemotherapy, then boosting hair growth will be a huge challenge. This is because the chemicals injected into your body during chemotherapy are known to induce hair fall. This is not the right time to make your hair grow.

Are there any side effects?

Using chemically laced products can strip your hair of its essential oils and nutrients. This can lead to dry, rough, and damaged hair.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Hair care is an essential part of the beauty regimen and is something you should focus on for the rest of your life. In order to maintain hair growth, you should continue with the treatments that you are employing.

How long does it take to recover?

It takes about a month for your hair to fully benefit from all the treatments you are giving it, though you may be able to start noticing small changes right from the first application of shampoo or hair oil.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Going to a hair clinic can cost anywhere between Rs 1,500 – Rs. 5,000 per session, depending on where you are going.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

As long as you continue to use products and treatment options that are good for your hair, the results of the treatment will show.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

The main home remedy for hair growth is to use oils on a regular basis. You can also make hair masks using ingredients you can find in your kitchen to boost the growth and vitality of your hair. For instance, rinsing your hair with vinegar boosts its growth tremendously. You should also refrain from drying your hair with a towel or rubbing it vigorously with one as it aids in stripping oils from your hair and also facilitates breakage.

Safety: High Effectiveness: High Timeliness: Medium Relative Risk: Low Side Effects: Low Time For Recovery: Medium Price Range:

Rs. 1,500 – Rs. 5,000 per session

Popular Health Tips

Hair Growth

MBBS, DDV, Aesthetic medicine
Dermatologist, Delhi
Hair Growth

Consuming foods which are rich in lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables will help in maintaing your hair's health.

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Mesotherapy - Simple Technique For Hair Growth

MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Dermatologist, Pune
Mesotherapy - Simple Technique For Hair Growth

Mesotherapy is a hair growing technique that is invasive. Mesotherapy is associated with slight pain unless it is done under local anesthesia. Superficial micro-injections are made below the epidermis of the skin to specific tissues. The term meso has originated from mesoderm which is the second or middle layer of the skin. This treatment can successfully trigger the mesoderm thereby relieving an array of ailments and symptoms. The injected solution is a combination of co-enzymes, amino acids, minerals and vitamins. The solution is tailored to suit each patient’s condition and their treatment plan.

How is Mesotherapy used for hair regrowth?
Mesotherapy is used around the world for successful hair regrowth. It is a painless procedure when performed by an expert. Local anesthesia and dressing are not required for this procedure. Some of the broad objectives that could be achieved via this procedure include the regrowth of hair follicle, neutralization of excess dihydrotestosterone and the stimulation of blood circulation around the skull area.

Highlights of the Mesotherapy procedure:
This procedure involves the application of both chemical and physical stimulation. A small dose of a variety of medications is administered by a hair expert in certain areas of the skull. The dosage and the area of administration would be decided based on the condition of the person getting treated. The solution acts like a bullet and targets the specific areas of the skull.

  • Mechanical: A needle is used to create a microspore into the skull. This helps to create elastin and collagen- the two most important ingredients for hair growth. This process doesn’t interfere with the hair already present but ensures the growth of new hair follicles.
  • Chemical: A chemical solution is injected into the skull to stimulate hair growth. This solution helps in improving the blood circulation, reducing inflammation and increasing collagen and elastin. The composition of the solution is made based on the specific issues of each patient and therefore varies between patients.

Duration of the treatment:
Each session of Mesotherapy lasts for around 10 to 30 minutes. The timing is purely based on the surface area of the skull that is being treated. On an average, it requires around 10-12 sittings or sessions with an expert to stimulate hair growth. To start with, an intensive treatment plan is required for the first couple of months to see visible results. Once the patient starts responding to the treatment, the frequency of treatment gradually decreases. To ensure that the hair grows naturally and there is no hair fall after the treatment is complete, a maintenance treatment might be necessary every quarter.

Price involved:
The price of the treatment is dependent on the number of sessions required to stimulate hair growth. Some experts also charge based on the extent of hair fall and the chances of hair revival. There are experts who charge on an hourly basis as well.

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How Acupressure Can Treat Hair Problems?

Bachelor of Naturopathy & Yogic Tharepy (BNYT), M.D Accupressure
Acupressurist, Gurgaon
How Acupressure Can Treat Hair Problems?

Acupressure is a branch of alternative medicine similar to acupuncture, the only difference being that there are no needles involved but the application of pressure using either just hands or some implement. It is related to stimulating the life force or energy so as to normalise its flow throughout your body. It is an ancient Chinese technique that has existed for about 5000 years now. It can be used to provide relief from a variety of ailments, improve your immune system and prevent general predicaments like hair damage. Here are a few ways in which acupressure can help in treating hair problems:

  1. Hair fall: Hair growth is directly related to the amount of blood flow in your scalp and the secretion from your adrenal glands. What acupressure does is stimulate this flow and improves blood circulation. Acupressure massage along with olive oil application can work wonders for your hair by decreasing the amount of DHT hormone (the main reason behind hair fall) thereby limiting hair fall. Acupressure massages also help remove dandruff and dead skin from the scalp by regulating blood flow. Additionally, since hair fall is also connected to stress, acupressure will help minimise stress, relax your body and uplift your immune system.
  2. Hair regrowth: As soon as you can stop excessive hair fall, you can focus on the regrowth of your hair. It requires a healthy scalp and the proper delivery of nutrients to the scalp. All of this can be achieved by applying the right amount of pressure at the right areas to help in hair growth. Full head massage is the key but if you’re short on time the most important spot would be “Paihui Spot”. This area is located at the top of your head and to stimulate it you need to gently stroke that pressure point a few times a day. It is guaranteed to increase the volume of your hair.
  3. Dandruff: Dandruff is caused because of a number of problems, most of which are underlying symptoms that medication might not be able to get to. Which is why it’s essential to attack this problem by tackling the root cause, which is the accumulation of toxins in your body, and dry scalp which means a lack of essential oils or even underlying microbe culture. Thus, acupressure while stimulating blood flow also helps regulate oxygen flow and massaging with natural oils like lavender, jojoba or even lemon can go a long way in providing your body with the essential oils that it is starved of.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Foods That Keep Your Hair Healthy

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, Diploma in Diet and Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Foods That Keep Your Hair Healthy

Everyone loves a thick luscious mane of hair, which is shown on television commercials. To be able to flick around shiny healthy locks, you may have tried the best shampoo brands, made frequent visits to the parlour and consulted the doctors several times. However, did you know that the best nutrition for your hair comes from the food you eat daily? Thinning hair, reduction in hairline, excessive hairfall resulting in an undesirable physical change, can be a major cause of frustration and low self esteem. Healthy and hygienic lifestyle, sufficient sleep, adequate water intake and exercises along with a balanced diet help to promote the growth of hair.

Important nutrients necessary to boost hair growth and volume:

  1. Most of the hair is made of protein and therefore it is of utmost importance to include proteins in the diet. Protein cells are building blocks for hair and strengthen your locks.
  2. Vitamin D leads to a healthy scalp and activates the growth of hair follicles.
  3. Biotin (Vitamin B7) leads to the synthesis of an important hormone known as Keratin which forms the fibrous part of hair.
  4. Inadequate Folic acid in the diet can cause a reduction in cell division and lead to premature greying of hair.
  5. Vitamin A and C help to keep the scalp free of dandruff. They lead to the production of sebum that nourishes the hair strands and prevents split ends. Split ends can lead to the breakage of hair, eventually turning your precious mane into a rough, dull and unmanageable one.
  6. Omega-3 fatty Acids improve blood circulation to the hair roots, promoting shine and health of hair.
  7. Iron and Zinc prevent breakage and damage of hair. They contribute to strengthening of hair roots.

Some of the best food items recommended for maintaining healthy hair:

  1. Carrots, Whole grains, Legumes and Lentils, leafy green vegetables, fruits: Carrots are rich sources of Vitamin A. Carrots have several advantageous effects on the human body, mostly showing remarkable improvement in eyesight and hair growth. Carrots can be eaten in a salad, boiled or lightly tossed in the pan in just a few drops of oil and beneficial spices for added flavour. Carrots can also be made into carrot juice and consumed on a regular basis. Vegetables, fruits and legumes are rich sources of iron, zinc; vitamins that are essential for hair maintenance.
  2. Lean Meat and Eggs: Eggs and lean meat are rich sources of protein. Egg whites do a commendable job when it comes to promoting hair growth. Egg yolk and the egg whites are known to remarkably condition the hair and benefit damaged hair when mixed with a natural hair pack before shampooing it off. Egg protein is beneficial, whether consumed or applied externally. It must be made a vital inclusion in your diet.
  3. Oatmeal: Known to have multiple benefits, it must make a way into your diet chart, if you are looking forward to healthy skin, hair and the perfect body weight. Oatmeal applied externally can condition and clean the hair, reducing itchiness of the scalp. Oatmeal consumed in breakfast daily can help to control hormonal imbalance that leads to excessive hair loss. It can also play an important role in controlling genetic alopecia.
  4. Walnuts and Almonds: The “W” of Walnut can also stand for Wonder nut. This nut contains all the necessary vitamins that activate the hair follicles and increase the volume of hair. It contains, iron, zinc, Vitamins B9, B6 and B1, healthy fats and adequate protein. Almonds are as beneficial as Walnuts, containing all the basic important nutrients needed for your hair. A handful of walnuts and almonds daily will zealously guard your hair for a long, long time.
  5. Green Tea and Dark Chocolates: Rich in anti-oxidants, green tea is beneficial both when consumed internally and applied externally. The hair can be washed with green tea to remove and prevent dandruff. Dark chocolates are also rich sources of anti-oxidants. Now that’s a delectable way towards healthy and happy hair.
  6. Fish: Salmon, Mackerel, Oysters are excellent sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Hair fall and Skin Rejuvenation - PRP Therapy For It!

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, M.Ch - Plastic Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Gurgaon
Hair fall and Skin Rejuvenation - PRP Therapy For It!

PRP is a latest, state of the art technology that employs non-surgical methods to stimulate hair growth in case of hair loss.

Advancements in research have enabled scientists to make new inroads in the field of wound and tissue healing. The result of these researches is PRP, which is a natural way to rejuvenate your scalp, skin and stimulate your hair growth.

HOW DOES PRP WORK?

The presence of mesenchymal stem cells and autologous blood products in human blood contain specific growth factors that assist in tissue regeneration and healing. PRP has been used to heal skin and wounds for over two decades now. Apart from this it finds use in oral surgery, cosmetic surgery and neurosurgery as well. It is also the promising treatment to promote hair growth.

Benefits:

  1. It is a progressive healing treatment that doesn't require surgery.
  2. Simple, rapid and highly effective system.
  3. Autologous (from patient's own blood).
  4. The system is biocompatible and xeno-free, so there shouldn't be any safety concerns.
  5. Increase in the concentration of platelets can be observed.
  6. It helps in the elimination of undesired erythrocytes, which significantly decrease the fibroblast proliferation.
  7. Contains growth factors that help in the stimulation of growth of the hair follicles.
  8. Can be performed preoperatively, intraoperatively, or post operatively.

THE SCIENCE OF PRP

There are special cells called platelets used in PRP, that have been theoretically proved to stimulate hair follicles growth by stimulating stem cells and other important cells in the ecosystem of the follicles. They are instrumental in promoting the healing ability and regeneration of cells, formation of new cells and response to injury. PRP stimulates inactive or newly implanted hair follicles, and makes them active by inducing them into a growth phase.

Platelets are known to contain various structures, which are crucial for blood clotting and cell regeneration, and are released during the repair process by the body. Some of these structures are: glycogen, alpha granules and lysosomes.

WHO SHOULD NOT HAVE PRP TREATMENT?

Those with heavy drug and smoking issue should avoid PRP. Also those who drink a lot of alcohol should avoid PRP. Those suffering from platelets related ailments, sepsis, chronic liver disease, thrombocytopenia, hyperfibrinogenemia, systemic disorders and cancer should also stay away from PRP.

CONCLUSION

At length, PRP is a boon for all those who aren't fans of surgery or the ones who prefer a more aggressive but non-surgical approach for treatment to their ailments. The results might vary from patient to patient, but it is certainly one of the most promising technologies to stimulate hair growth and rejuvenate your skin, and the results are quite convincing. So decide wisely!

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Popular Questions & Answers

My hair is thinning all the sides, front, back and left and right side. Loosing lot of hair. Past 4 months back I used minoxidil 3% for 2 months I didn't see any growth. So, I stopped using it. I request you to help me with your kind suggestion to restore my hair. Do (or don't) I need PRP treatment.

MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
Contact me for PRP. You are suffering from hormonal changes causing Androgenetic alopecia causing hair fall. It's completely stoppable even regrowth of hair is possible with certain medications without any side effects. Treatment depends on the grade of hair loss. So, it's a must for diagnosing which grade, you are in for an effective treatment. Please meet me in my clinic or do direct personal online consultation by sending photos for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.
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I am 14 years old. I have bald head. I don't have hairs at front of my head. I want to grow hairs. Give me a suggestion to avoid bald head. Please help me in avoiding the bald head in ayurvedic method.

BAMS
Ayurveda, Villupuram
Baldness preterm are mostly heriditory where medicine can not give good result. If it is not. Then ayurveda medicine good result. You can get result within 6-8 month. Need patience for long time medication. If you need I can start your treatment. Before that consult us with online paid saytemor.
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I hav pcod since cls 8.my period is nt regular. Smtymz its of 2mnth gap and its painful. I feel very weak. Evn I hav hair growth problem. Wats d soln for that and specially unwanted hair growth?

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, M.S Obsterics & Gynaecology, DNB (Obstetrics and Gynecology), Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine & Infertility
Gynaecologist, Delhi
PCOS is a problem that can have different symptoms in different women. The treatment is attaining optimal BMI which is ideal weight for your height and medications depending on the symptoms. For hair growth laser hair reduction / removal as immediate solution and medications for months as long term solution.
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I am 28 year old female and I have severe hair fall since 6 months. I have done many things like visit doctors and home remedies but it has not stopped. Please help me. How can I have long and thick hairs.

MD-Ayurveda,Kayachikitsa(Ayurvedic physician), BAMS, MD
Ayurveda, Jammu
Rule out the cause first. Start with calcium n protein along with vit e.if you dnt find relief consult me.

Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?