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Hair Loss Treatment - Procedure, Cost And Side Effects

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?

What is the treatment?

Hair loss is a common condition that one in every three individual undergoes at some point of time in their lives. It is a condition where the hair follicles start to lose the strength of the hair and start to fall in a systematic way. Almost 60 % of the people in the age group of 50 can be affected by hair loss. The most common reason for hair loss is genetics, followed by health conditions that can contribute towards it. So it is often mandatory to determine the reason for the hair loss and go in for the appropriate treatment. Hair loss can start occurring even from your adolescent years and can gradually grow in your mid-twenties. As a result, you can experience complete baldness or severe loss of hair at a young age. Doctors usually take in the feedback from you regarding your family history and your health issues before arriving at the best treatment plan. There are many treatments available to address hair loss. The common ones are the intake of medications and drugs to promote hair growth. In cases where medications do not yield the desired result, a person can opt for advanced methods like hair weaving, hair bonding, wigs, etc. For a more permanent solution, hair transplantations can be done. These are all cosmetic surgical procedures, and it depends on how far you are willing to go to get back your lost hair.

How is the treatment done?

Hair loss solution can be addressed in multiple ways and before opting for any treatment do check with your doctor to determine the nature of your condition. Some medications and drugs boost the androgen levels to improve hair growth. For more severe cases you can opt for a wig but in today’s fashion world that would seem out of place. You can opt for hair weaving or hair bonding treatments where the synthetic hair strands or real hair strands are artificially glued to your scalp. Sometimes these can appear as a takeaway latex skin, and you can use it and comb it like how you use your natural hair. However, these can have its limitations. For more permanent results, go for hair transplantation. The treatment involves individually picking out your hair follicles from the denser region of your head and implanting them in the area where you experience hair loss. The hair follicles are taken individually or in some cases taken as an entire strip and surgically sewn into the bald spots. These surgical procedures are the most advanced forms of treatments available currently and are more permanent. The hair follicles once taken root can act as your own hair and depending on your maintenance can grow into stronger strands.

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

Most of the individuals can be eligible for the treatment. In case you are taking the medications and drugs do check with your physician before taking them. Since the hair transplantation is a surgical procedure, it might not be advised for people with high blood pressure and people with heart conditions. Any individual can have the wigs and hair weaving.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Taking pills for your hair growth is not safe during pregnancy and childbirth. Avoiding these medications during those periods would be safe. Also, heart patients and people with high blood pressure may not be a suitable candidate for hair transplantation. Before opting for any treatment, consult with your physician without fail.

Are there any side effects?

There can be some side effects felt if you are undertaking the hair regrowth pills as these focus on increasing the androgen levels of your body. In some cases, they are not safe for your reproductive organs, and you can choose alternate medicines. As far as hair transplantation goes, the skin can appear itchy and reddish after the procedure. The area where the procedure has been done can go numb, and these symptoms gradually fade away over a period. Always do take these treatments in reputed centers as they can have high safety standards.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

After the hair transplantation, you might be asked to take rest for a couple of days. You might be required to wear a surgical hair cap over your head to prevent infections. Usually, the recovery period is very minimal, and you can get back to your normal activities within a few days. In the case of hair weaving, you might have to visit the centers occasionally to take care of the bonding or to change the style.

How long does it take to recover?

The recovery period is very minimal regarding hair transplantation. You can get back to your routine duties within a short period. You might be asked to visit a month for a checkup, and your hair regrowth can start after a period of six months. In case you are taking pills and tablets, there is no recovery time, and you can adhere to your regular work routine.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The price of the treatment depends on the type of clinic you are undergoing the treatment. For hair transplantations, the average price starts from one lakh and can go up to 5 lakhs for the entire head. Hair weaving and hair bonding are relatively cheaper and start from 50,000 INR and can go upto 1 lakh for more advanced hair types. Once again – ensure that you undertake these treatments only in reputed clinics and centers.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

This depends on the type of treatment that you opt for. Hair transplantation procedures can be permanent, and your hair can start to grow normally once the follicles set in. The other forms of treatment are less permanent and require constant visits the physician's place. In case you are taking medications and drugs, the results can be mixed, and it depends on how well your body corresponds to the drugs.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

The alternatives to such hair loss treatments can be natural hair oils and ayurvedic products. These can be safe on your hair as they do not use any chemical based medications and does not involve surgery. You can also make some lifestyle changes and stick to strict diets that are high in proteins and nutrients needed for your hair.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am 22 years old. I am suffering from hair loss for more than two years. After shampooing, my hair becomes so oily within two days and itching is also there in the scalp. When I itch, some kind of white sticky paste like thing comes out in the nails and scalpe appears very tight and sticky as result hair gets removed and as it gets removed some white sticky scalpe comes out as attached to it's root. What should I do?

Diploma In Dermatology And Venerology And Leprosy (DDVL)
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Hello lybrate-user, It's seems your suffering from a condition of seborrhoeic dermatitis as per history your giving. It's important to keep your scalp clean by washing regularly every alternate day with mild shampoo .also use hair oil minimum as i...

I administer a topical solution (daily) of minoxidil 5% mixed with amenexil 2.5 cc. My wife and I are thinking of start trying for children. I would like to know if there in an increased risk for birth defects if I continue to administer this hair solution please? Also, can I continue using it whilst my wife is pregnant? Thank you.

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Minoxidil topical has been assigned to pregnancy category C by the FDA. Animal studies using oral minoxidil have failed to reveal evidence of teratogenicity, but reduced conception rates and an increased incidence of fetal absorption have been obs...

I used Tugain 10, for 6 to 9 month's & then switched to a minoxidil quilb 5% as per doctor's suggestion. I remember she telling me to switch to 2% minoxidil. So, can I use minoxidil 2% for 3 month's?

Dermatologist, Chennai
No. Treatment depends on the grade. 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 d...
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Hi, I am mother of two. Second delivered seven months back and since one month I am noticing in my face that near my forehead or from the head where hairs starts it looks like hairs r vanishing from front look only. Please suggest.

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Hello. Yeah most of them suffer from similar complains. But many do more know that such kind of complains have many different treatments. It all depends upon the examination of the scalp, the kind of skin there, any dandruff, the density and condi...
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