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Cell Active Therapy - Can It Help In Hair Growth?

Dr. J. Rajeshwari 87% (38 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Hyderabad
Cell Active Therapy - Can It Help In Hair Growth?

Cell Active Therapy is an effective form of treatment, which gets aimed at boosting the growth of new hair. Whether a person is male or female, whether he/she has long tresses or just a short crop of hair, no one really wants to even think of a situation where he or she might turn bald.

Loss of hair can be brought about by a number of factors, which could be due to someone’s genes, lifestyle or changes in hormone. The good thing is, people do not need to just sit back and watch themselves going bald. They can prevent such drastic situations and help their hair grow further.

What is Cell Active Therapy?

Cell Active Therapy refers to a kind of treatment that is mainly aimed towards providing the necessary boost for new growth of hair. This can prove to be extremely useful in treating harline, which is receding, certain bald patches, hair getting thinned and also Alopecia, which is a medical term for hair loss.

Cell Active Therapy also helps to activate cells in the scalp as well as on the hair follicles by way of stimulating the circulation of blood. As the hair follicles get energized, this leads to the growth of new hair. It also helps in stimulating the production of collagen, thus, improving skin tone along with its elasticity. This treatment of Cell Active Therapy does not require any candidate to get hospitalized.

Dermaroller

Dermaroller is what a person needs for this therapy. It is basically a simple device that tends to look a lot like a round bristled brush having a long handle. Instead of getting bristles to let the hair untangled, this carries metal pins, which can make small pinpricks on one’s scalp.

The width of a dermaroller ranges somewhere between 0.25mm and 0.5mm, with the 0.5mm one being more popular. This tends to go through only as far as the derma layer to help stimulate the circulation of blood and leading to the production of new cell.

Use of Dermaroller for Hair

The use of dermaroller is completely painless. It creates nearly thousands of small channels in the scalp that tends to increase the absorption of one’s hair restoration product by at least a hundred times. The Dermaroller can also be implemented by itself to help in stimulating production of fine hairs in the scalp or used in collaboration with a pharmaceutical product known as Minoxidil or Rogaine. It works through the enhancement of the penetration of the product and also brings forth improvements in the flow of blood on to the scalp and hair follicle.

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What Is Scalp Micro Pigmentation?

Dermatologist, Noida
What Is Scalp Micro Pigmentation?

Micro Scalp Pigmentation is also known as Scalp Micro Pigmentation is a great new solution for anyone who suffers from baldness. This procedure is ideal for people wanting a long term hair loss solution without any surgery or scars.

MSP is a method of depositing pigment into the dermal layer of the skin on the scalp, which replicates hair follicles. When viewed from a few inches or further away, the pigment dots appear as hair follicles and the client has the appearance of a full head of recently shaved hair. MSP is colour matched on a grayscale for most clients and can be used to treat clients of very pale complexion to extremely dark skin tones. Pigment changes also allow treatment for clients with red hair, blonde hair or older clients who have much grey or white hair. A Scalp Micro Pigmentation procedure is also much more cost-effective than normal hair transplant procedures. SMP companies or MSP companies offer there same services and professionalism even though the prices are lower for the procedure.

I am well aware that many people are a bit sceptical about having this Scalp Micro Pigmentation procedure done as it's a fairly new hair restoration solution/procedure on the market and one must be sure that the procedure is going to be done properly and professionally by people who know really what they are doing. This is why you need to be sure about the company that you choose for this procedure. Usually, a Scalp Pigmentation test procedure is done before the main procedure which will be applied to a very small area of your scalp. After this test procedure, you can see a photograph of this area and have it magnified many times so that you can see exactly how good the results really are with your own eyes. Please note that this process is nothing like a hair tattoo.

The Scalp micro pigmentation procedure has a very natural-looking effect due to the fact that smaller specialized needles and specialized pigment inks are used. This enables the matching of human hair pigments and doesn't change colour over time. You will also be able to see how your natural hair colour matches with the pigment colour which is applied for the Scalp Micro Pigmentation. Also the chosen Micro Scalp Pigment colour is as close a match as possible to your natural hair colour which will, as a result, be almost undetectable and look very natural. You have nothing to lose by trying this out.



 

Hair Replacement - 10 Useful Tips!

Dermatologist, Kolkata
Hair Replacement - 10 Useful Tips!

In recent time there has been great progress in the field of hair restoration and affordable hair replacement techniques. Today we have new and improved surgical techniques of hair replacement or hair restoration for both men and women.

Here are some guidelines to be followed while choosing a clinic for affordable hair replacement.

1) Determine your type of hair loss: Before determining hair replacement, you should get confirmed about the type of baldness you have. First of all, you must know about the cause of your hair loss, for this purpose you can consult with your regular physician, a reputable hair surgeon or a dermatologist.

2) Define your goals: Before going to a hair replacement centre, take a look at yourself in the mirror, if you are satisfied with your hair and appearance but worried about your future, then you should go for some other treatment of your hair and not hair replacement. Consult a hair specialist for advice.

3) Once you have chosen a hair replacement center then try to go for follicular unit hair transplantation since it is successful in most cases.

4) Find the most committed, experienced and reliable permanent hair replacement surgeon that you can, regardless of their location.

5) Have a discussion with other patients, who have undergone hair replacement transplant.

6) Time yourself for a personal consultation with your hair replacement surgeon.

7) Reflect upon and discuss the plans, side effects if any and gain a good understanding of your treatment.

8) Make sure you are a good candidate for affordable hair replacement and that you have reasonable expectations.

9) Search for an affordable hair replacement centre that is popular. You can even browse through the Internet to find more options for affordable and permanent hair replacement. You can even study the brochure of Tulsa hair replacement centre; they are expert in male hair replacement.

10) Once you are confident with your permanent hair replacement decision, go ahead, and then wait for your beautiful transplanted hair to grow.

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Medical Hair Restoration Treatment Before The Surgical Hair Restoration!

Dermatologist, Noida
Medical Hair Restoration Treatment Before The Surgical Hair Restoration!

There are several medical hair loss remedies available for hair loss restoration. Most of the hair transplant surgeons recommend that one should always try medical hair restoration before one decides to undergo hair restoration surgery.

In fact, continued medical treatment well before the surgery often results in a better growth for the hair transplants. Similarly, medical hair treatment after the surgery always provides superior benefits from hair loss solutions.

But when you are preparing for the hair transplant surgery there are some precautions with medical hair restoration which are to be observed so that you don't have any adverse effect due to the hair loss medications.

Medical hair restoration with Rogaine

Minoxidil sold with the brand name Rogaine is not able to grow hair on completely bald scalp but is still considered as an affordable hair restoration treatment as it is able to retard hair loss and stabilize it by slowing down the miniaturization process. Medical hair loss treatment with Rogaine is a widely accepted treatment of all the hair loss solutions. that is even recommended by the FDA both as a hair loss treatment for men and a hair loss treatment for woman. Minoxidil acts by prolonging the growth phase of the hair. But for medical treatment with minoxidil to be fully effective requires prolonged use. It may take a long time, around 6 to 12 months, to predict a noticeable improvement in hair growth. Within 2 to 3 months of discontinuing the medication, the increase in terminal hair density and growth resulting from the use of medicine can suddenly vanish.

Another drawback of Rogaine is that while it is effective in the crown or top of the head, it is much less effective in the frontal area, so overall it is not as effective as a balding solution for men for whom the front of the scalp and the hairline are the important areas for hair loss restoration.

Rogaine especially is the drug of choice for many female hair loss remedies where the hair loss is often characterized by diffuse thinning. The prolonged use of the drug is sometimes able to bring about the complete reversal of thinning, seen even after stopping the drug, but in men, stopping the medication results in a complete reversal of the benefits.

Medical hair restoration (Rogaine) as a combination treatment

Some hair restoration surgeons highly recommend the use of Rogaine before and then immediately after the hair transplant surgery especially when the grafts have been placed in and around existing hair. The idea behind combining the medical hair restoration and hair restoration surgery is to help prevent the temporary loss of healthy, preexisting hair due to the shock of the hair restoration surgical procedure.

The use of topical minoxidil both before and after hair restoration surgery is often recommended for patients undergoing hair transplant procedures as it has been seen that Minoxidil reduces hair shedding due to transplant trauma and shortens recovery from surgery.

Precaution before the hair transplant surgery

Most of the surgeons do feel that the medical hair restoration treatment with minoxidil should be stopped prior to the surgery to minimize skin irritation and the risk of dilation of the blood vessels, which might result in increased bleeding. The treatment of patients with 2% topical minoxidil is generally stopped 4 weeks before surgery.

The effectiveness of the application of topical minoxidil prior to hair restoration surgery is also well documented. It was seen that hair loss due to telogen effluvium observed 2-4 weeks after surgery was more pronounced in placebo-treated patients (52%) as compared to minoxidil-treated patients (22 %).

Precaution after the hair transplant surgery

It is not advised to use minoxidil on the transplanted areas immediately after surgery until the incisions have been allowed to heal. Most surgeons prefer to start the use of topical minoxidil at least a week or so after the hair transplant surgery. This allows time for the epithelium to heal and minimizes the potential for theoretical damage to the transplanted grafts from propylene glycol-based minoxidil. However, the use of special glycerin-based minoxidil solutions can take care of this potential problem and can help to get better growth after the surgery.

Where minoxidil is used before surgery, it is stopped until up to 3 weeks after the surgery, and then again started and continued. It has been observed that around 70% of grafts grew into hair when minoxidil was continued; otherwise, most of the hair transplants are usually shed after 2-4 weeks of transplantation. There are several reports available on medical trials that suggest that topical minoxidil is a useful adjunct after hair transplantation.

The reported benefits of regular topical minoxidil administration following hair transplant surgery include:

1. An increase in the number of anagen hairs

2. Promotion of hair growth in the transplanted grafts and surrounding areas

3. Reduction of post-surgical shock and telogen effluvium

Medical hair treatment with Finasteride

Many hair transplant surgeons find Propecia (finasteride) to act as an excellent adjunct to hair restoration surgery. There are several benefits to this kind of combination therapy. As the Medical hair restoration with Propecia brings about a hair re-growth in the crown area, it has a complementary action; it allows the surgeon to have more donor hair to be available for frontal hair transplant and design the hairline at his own will. Since finasteride has no effect on the frontal area of the scalp, it does not have any interference male hair loss treatment with surgical hair restoration which is generally done in the hairline and frontal area.

If you are experiencing pattern baldness, it makes the best sense to use medical treatment in conjunction with your hair transplantation surgery you are sure to have your hair transplants grow well but keep in mind that non-transplanted hairs will continue to fall. Medical hair loss treatment also helps to have surrounding hairs on your head while the transplants grow and so will allow you to have even more hair on your scalp.

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Considering A Hair Transplant? - Certain Things To Know!

Dermatologist, Kolkata
Considering A Hair Transplant? - Certain Things To Know!

Everyone has heard of or even seen hair transplant horror stories, maybe in a magazine, online or even worse seen the obvious 'plugs' in an elderly friend or relative. However hair transplant surgery has jumped leaps and bound in recent years to make it a viable, safe and not too risky option for those suffering from male pattern baldness, many celebrities such as Nicholas Cage, Brendan Fraser Mather MOcanhey, Dwayne Johnson ('the Rock', WWE) Salman Khan (Bollywood) and even Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi are believed to have had hair transplantation surgery, although such is the stigma attached that none of them has admitted to it publicly, it only becomes obvious when studying before and after pictures.

History of Hair Transplant

The origins of hair transplant surgery stem from Japanese dermatologist, Dr Okuda, who in 1939 published a revolutionary method in a Japanese medical journal of using small grafts that were similar to the way hair transplantation is performed today. This method involved using hair transplant grafts to correct lost hair from various body areas, including the scalp, eyebrow, and moustache areas.

In the late 50's one physician, in particular, Dr Norman Orentreich began to experiment with the idea of relocating or transplanting the hair on the back and sides of the head to the balding areas. Dr Orentreich's experiments showed that when bald resistant hairs from the back and sides of the head were relocated, they maintained their bald resistant genetic characteristic regardless of where they were transplanted.

This principle is known as "Donor Dominance", which highlights that hair could be transplanted from the bald resistant donor areas to the balding areas and continue to grow for a life time. This laid the foundation for modern hair transplantation. During the '60s and '70s hair transplants grew in popularity. However, the standard of care involved the use of larger grafts that were removed by round punches and often contained many hairs.

In the '80s hair restoration surgery evolved dramatically, as the large punch grafts were gradually replaced with a more refined combination of mini and micro-grafts. This "combination mini micro-grafting" hair transplantation procedure no longer used the punch to extract the bald resistant grafts. Rather a strip of bald resistant hair was surgically removed from the back of the head and then trimmed into mini and micro-grafts.

Types of Hair Transplant

There are two main types of hair transplant surgery. These mainly include-

1. Follicular Unit Transplant, which is commonly known as FUT or 'strip surgery'

2.  Follicular unit extraction, commonly known as FUE.

The main difference is the method of extracting the transplanted hair. FUT and FUE are really complimentary forms of HT, not competing methods of which one must make a choice.

FUT versus FUE

The '90s saw the gradual introduction of a very refined surgical procedure now known as "follicular unit hair transplantation" or "FUT". This exacting and labour intensive procedure transplants hairs in their naturally occurring one, two, three, and four hair "follicular unit groupings" in which they grow naturally.

The concept of creating the entire hair restoration using exclusively follicular units was proposed by Dr Robert Bernstein and was described in the 1995 Bernstein and Rassman publication "Follicular Transplantation". Critical to the success of the follicular unit hair transplant procedure was the introduction of the binocular microscope by Dr Bobby Limmer of San Antonio Texas in the late 1980s.

Dr Limmer found that by using the microscope to examine the donor tissue he and his staff were able to successfully isolate and trim the naturally occurring follicular units into individual grafts. Dr Limmer shared his techniques and findings with his colleagues and together with Drs. Bernstein, Rassman and Seager, was a persuasive advocate for the follicular unit hair.

The process involving follicular hair transplants is considered to be the most effective among hair restoration methods. In a follicular hair transplant, the surgeon transplants hair from the permanent zone in the back of the scalp onto the affected areas.

If you need a large area covered, then you most likely want to go for FUT because it is the more economical in terms of the number of grafts for the price paid. If you absolutely, positively don't want strip surgery as you are worried about scarring, then FUE is your only alternative. Contrary to popular belief, both methods leave scars. FUT will leave a narrow line across the back of your head, whereas FUE will leave little unpigmented dots across the back of your head. The only difference is that the FUE scars are not concentrated together and therefore harder to detect when wearing hair very short.

There is no doubt that FUE procedures are harsher on the grafts than FUT procedures. Because of this, the final growth yields tend to be lower for FUE compared to FUT. But BOTH procedures work for the most part.

Hair Transplant Cost

FUT surgeries are performed by reputable surgeons around the world however FUE is mostly available through a number of specialists, the vast majority of reputable ones that I know of are in the United States and Canada. Pricing for FUE from these reputable surgeons is currently close to $7- $11 US dollars per graft for FUE, and depending on what level on the Norwood Scale, a scale used to measure the progression of male pattern baldness, can be quite costly. Pricing for FUT from these same surgeons is normally in the range of $4-6 per graft, however, in Asia and Eastern Europe prices can be even lower.

Does cheaper means better?

Many of my clients do sometimes look to cut costs by using other surgeons especially in countries such as India, Pakistan, Thailand and Eastern Europe. Although I'm sure there have been success stories via this route please remember in these countries there is little guarantee or action available to you if something does go wrong. I have seen hair transplant using the FUT method, although not a horror story in terms of scarring or suffering, it did not yield the expected results of a more established surgeon placing the same number of grafts (2,000). He is therefore left with poor hair coverage but now has lost the option to 'shave it all off' due to huge smiley-faced scar in the back of his head!

Check, Check and Check

It is recommended that you should consider the hair transplant surgery option only after having tried the non-surgical treatments on the market. Then when you certain you wish to get a hair transplant I would advice thoroughly researching reputable doctors, of course, price is always an issue, but in the case of hair transplants, it should not be the most important factor. Indeed the money saved is nothing compared to the trauma of having to live with a badly scarred scalp for the rest of your life. If you decide to go for more budget surgeon, please do insist on seeing photos of the surgeon’s previous work and do not be afraid to ask for contact details of their previous patients.

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Know More About Different Methods Of Hair Transplants!

MBBS (Gold Medalist), Diploma In Dermatology And Venerology And Leprosy (DDVL), Fellowship In Hair Transplantation
Dermatologist, Delhi
Know More About Different Methods Of Hair Transplants!

Results and permanence are the only ways to differentiate between hair transplant and all other types of hair restoration solutions. The best part of getting a hair transplant done is that it feels and looks so natural that most will not be able to figure out whether you got the procedure done. This is possible due to the advancements made in medical technology in recent times.

There are mainly two different ways to extract and transplant numerous hair follicles i.e. follicle units. Presently there are only two main techniques for hair transplantation, which differ from each other only in one aspect which is the way the cosmetic surgeon extracts the hair follicles from the scalp of the donor. The two methods are FUE i.e. Follicular Unit Extraction and FUT i.e. Follicular Unit Transplantation.

1. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)-

No scalp tissue will be removed if you choose Follicular Unit Extraction method since every follicular unit is taken directly and individually from the scalp. The physician removes the hair follicles randomly,  which results in less density; which most people maintain is not even noticeable. However, since the hair follicles are removed individually, the number of follicles which can be harvested in a session is very less compared to the FUT method. It is considered the best method for hair restoration in minor cases i.e. if the person does not suffer from advanced hair loss. This method boasts of faster healing time and less discomfort.

2. Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)-

If you opt for the Follicular Unit Transplantation method of hair transplant, the surgeon will remove a small strip of tissue, in order to extract the hair follicles present, from the back of your head. A skilled clinical team will then harvest the hair follicles from the strip and transplant them to the recipient areas individually. If you have advanced hair loss, you should opt for this method instead of FUE because the physician can deliver the best results and guarantee you satisfaction utilizing the entire scalp area. You may also choose Follicular Unit Transplantation since it ensures most number of grafts which can be transplanted in a single session.

 

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PRP Therapy - How Does It Help In Hair Loss & Hair Regrowth?

Dr. Kanu Verma 90% (333 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Delhi
PRP Therapy - How Does It Help In Hair Loss & Hair Regrowth?

If there is one thing that men and women dread the most, it is hair loss and hair fall problems. In the last decade or so, the number of young men and women suffering from severe hair loss is quite alarming. The hair fall, which may be an outcome of stressanxietyhormonal imbalance, genetics, medical conditions, unhealthy habits, poor diet or lack of a proper hair care routine, can make life miserable and embarrassing.

People try out every possible treatment to deal with the problem. In this regard, the PRP or the Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy comes as a revelation.

The Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is a path-breaking, nonsurgical and natural option that treats the conditions of severe hair loss through hair, scalp, and skin simulations, as per the requirements. The procedure for PRP are as follows:

  • The plasma contains the platelets. The platelets are important as they not only heal but also helps in regeneration of the damaged tissues.
  • The first step involves extracting the blood of the person undergoing the PRP Therapy.
  • Next step is the centrifugation step. Centrifugation helps to obtain the platelet rich plasma (which gets separated from the blood during the centrifugation process).
  • The patients are given anesthesia at the scalp (mainly the nerves) to ease the pain.
  • The platelet rich plasma is then carefully injected into the scalp of the patient to initiate the hair restoration.

The PRP therapy channelizes on the fact that the growth factors present in the platelet rich plasma will act as a catalyst, triggering the stimulation and growth of the hair follicles

Some of the growth factors that help in the hair restoration are as follows

  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (responsible for the formation of blood vessels).
  • Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (triggers the growth of blood vessels along with cell replication as well as the formation of the skin).
  • Epidermal Growth Factor (involved in the formation of blood vessels and collagen along with the growth and differentiation of the cell).
  • Insulin Like Growth Factor (this growth factor is mainly involved in the regulation of the normal cell physiology).

PRP treatment is done under the effect of numbing gel. PRP treatment is done every month for first 6 sittings then every 2 months for 3 to 4 sitting.

Advantages:

  1. The PRP therapy that has benefitted many people worldwide comes with the following advantages
  2. PRP Therapy is non-invasive and natural with a faster recovery.
  3. The Therapy is less time consuming and is quite safe.
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Medical Hair Restoration - Things To Know!

Dermatologist, Kolkata
Medical Hair Restoration - Things To Know!

Medical hair restoration in the literal sense includes the hair loss treatment which depends upon the use of medicines.

Unusual hair loss both in men and women is caused by the alterations in the androgen metabolism. Androgen is a male hormone which has a major role to play in the regulation of hair growth or hair loss. The dermal papilla is the most important structure in a hair follicle which is responsible for hair growth. It is the dermal papilla, the cell of which divides and differentiates to give rise to a new hair follicle. The dermal papilla is in direct contact with blood capillaries in the skin to derive the nutrients for the growing hair follicle. Research has shown that dermal papilla got many receptors for androgens and there are studies which have confirmed that males have more androgenic receptors in the dermal papilla of their follicles as compared to females.

The metabolism of androgen involves an enzyme called 5 alpha-reductase which combines with the hormone androgen(testosterone) to form the DHT (Dihydro-testosterone). DHT is a natural metabolite of our body which is the root cause of hair loss.

Proper nutrition is critical for the maintenance of the hair. When DHT gets into the hair follicles and roots (dermal papilla), it prevents necessary proteins, vitamins, and minerals from providing the nourishment needed to sustain life in the hairs of those follicles. Consequently, hair follicles are reproduced at a much slower rate. This shortens their growing stage (anagen phase) and or lengthens their resting stage (telogen phase) of the follicle. DHT also causes the hair follicle to shrink and get progressively smaller and finer. This process is known as miniaturization and causes the hair to ultimately fall. DHT is responsible for 95% of hair loss. 
Some individuals both men and women are genetically pre-disposed to produce more DHT than normal individuals. DHT also creates a wax-like substance around the hair roots. It is this accumulation of DHT inside the hair follicles and roots which is one of the primary causes of male and female pattern hair loss.

Blocking the synthesis of DHT at the molecular level forms the basis for the treatment of MPHL ( male pattern hair loss) and FPHL female pattern hair loss). There are many natural DHT blockers and a number of drugs which are used for medical hair restoration.

Let us see the main drugs which are available for medical hair restoration in men and women.

1. Minoxidil -

Minoxidil has the distinction of the first drug being used for promoting hair restoration. This medical hair restoration treatment drug was used earlier as an oral antihypertensive drug, but after its hypertrichosis (excessive body hair) effects were noticed, a topical solution of the drug was tested for its hair growth potential. Minoxidil was then approved as medical hair restoration treatment drug for men by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1988 as a 2% solution, followed by a 5% solution in 1997. For women, the 2% solution was approved in 1991. Though 5% solution is not approved for women, it is used as a medical hair restoration treatment by many dermatologists worldwide. Both solutions are available without a prescription in the US.

Mechanism of action -

Minoxidil is thought to have a direct mitogenic effect on epidermal cells, as has been observed both in vitro in vivo. Though the mechanism of its action for causing cell proliferation is not very clear, minoxidil is thought to prevent intracellular calcium entry. Calcium normally enhances epidermal growth factors to inhibit hair growth, and Minoxidil by getting converted to minoxidil sulfate acts as a potassium channel agonist and enhances potassium ion permeability to prevent calcium ions from entering into cells.

Thought the exact action of minoxidil preventing the formation of DHT has not been shown but the drug has been shown to have a stabilizing effect on the hair loss. The result of the drug takes about a few months time to be evident since it is the time which is necessary for restoring the normal growth cycle of hair fibers.

Use of Minoxidil has approved by the FDA for men (Norwood II-V) and women (Ludwig I-II ) older than 18 years. It is used as a medical hair restoration treatment either for frontal or vertex scalp thinning. It brings about an increase in density which is mostly caused by the conversion of miniaturized hairs into terminal hairs rather than a stimulated de novo re-growth. The hair loss becomes stabilized after continued use of the drug, which takes about a year's time for the medical hair restoration treatment to show its complete results.

Hair loss restoration treatment with 0.05% betamethasone dipropionate and 5% topical minoxidil are found to be superior to minoxidil alone. 
Topical minoxidil is very well tolerated and adverse effects are mainly dermatologic. The most frequent adverse effect is an irritant contact dermatitis.

Though minoxidil does not have any effect on blood pressure, it should be used with caution in a patient with cardiovascular diseases. It is also contraindicated in pregnant and nursing mothers.

2. Finasteride -

The drug finasteride was earlier used as a treatment for prostate enlargement, under the medical name Proscar. But in 1998, it was approved by the FDA for the Medical hair loss restoration in MPHL.

Mechanism of Action -

Medical hair restoration treatments with Finasteride depends upon its specific action as an inhibitor of type II 5α-reductase, the intracellular enzyme that converts male hormone androgen into DHT (Dihydro Testosterone). Its action results in a significant decrease in serum and tissue DHT levels even in concentration as low as 0.2mg. Finnasteride is able to stabilize hair loss in 80% of patient with Vertex hair loss and in 70% of patients with frontal hair loss. Most of these patients are able to grow more hair or retain the ones they have. The peculiar thing about Propecia is that its effect is more pronounced in the crown area than in the front. The hair that grows after the medical hair restoration treatments are better in texture and are thicker, more like the terminal hair.

The best thing about medical hair restoration treatment with the finasteride is that it is well-tolerated and has minimal side effects. Sexual dysfunction (decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction, and decreased semen volume) are observed in about 3.8% of cases. But these side-effects subside within few months of Medical hair restoration treatments or disappear within a week's time as soon as the treatment is stopped.

It generally requires about 6 to 12 months for the medical hair restoration treatment to be apparent but the side effects appear earlier. So even after the medicine is stopped, there is no possibility of losing the hair that has been gained, but the side effects are sure to disappear. 
Many hair restoration surgeons find Propecia (finasteride) to act as an excellent adjunct to the surgical hair restoration. There are several benefits to this kind of combination therapy. As the Medical hair restoration with Propecia brings about a hair re-growth in the crown area, it has a complementary action; it allows the surgeon to have more donor hair to be available for frontal hair transplant and design the hairline at his own will. Since finasteride has no effect on the frontal area of the scalp, it does not have any interference with the surgical hair restoration.

3. Combination Therapy -

There are reports which say that use of finasteride and topical minoxidil combination therapy as a Medical hair restoration treatment is of more advantage in cases of mild to moderate MPHL. Further studies are in progress. Many hair restoration doctors have already started the use of combination therapy in order to obtain better hair growth.

4. Anti Androgen Therapy -

For women with hyperandrogenism( with increased levels of androgen) who do not respond well to minoxidil, antiandrogen therapy is another option of Medical hair restoration. In the UK the most commonly used anti-androgen for women is CPA (cyproterone acetate), which is used in combination with ethinylestradiol.

However, in the United States, where CPA is not available, the aldosterone antagonist spironolactone is the alternative choice of hair restoration doctors.

5. Flutamide -

Medical hair restoration with flutamide has shown improvement as hair loss restoration treatment in women with hirsutism. For hyperandrogenic premenopausal women, flutamide is a better medical hair restoration agent than both the CPA or finasteride.

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FUE Hair Transplants - 5 Reasons For Choosing One!

Dermatologist, Noida
FUE Hair Transplants - 5 Reasons For Choosing One!

FUE hair transplants are one of the more modern methods of surgical hair restoration that you can take advantage of today. What does FUE mean? It stands for Follicular Unit Extraction and can provide much better (almost incredible) cosmetic results when you compare it to the older style of punch graft and strip incision transplants. There's also far less scarring than with any other method.

When you're having a transplant the area where the hair is taken from is called the donor area. With older methods, an entire strip of skin would be cut from the back of your head. This would usually leave a pretty big scar on the back of your head - so short haircuts were out; even if the hair transplant was 110% successful. Even worse these scars can stretch and become a disfiguring feature on the back of your head.

So why is FUE a better choice when it comes to hair transplants? Well, the main reasons are:

1. The scarring is almost invisible.

2. It's suitable for people with very little donor hair (Norwood 6).

3. It's ideal for anyone who has a "tight scalp".

4. If you want to cut your hair short afterward then FUE is the only way to go.

5. Healing time is much shorter with FUE transplants.

Before you have an FUE transplant a qualified surgeon will need to check your suitability first. The amount of donor's hair and the density of this hair will decide how much of the bald area of your scalp can be covered effectively. You can always have a hair transplant - the question is how much coverage you're going to get in the end.

With this type of transplant, the hairs are removed in tiny follicular units (1 - 3 hairs) and transplanted directly into the scalp. These hairs are transplanted directly from the donor area without any need for a strip of skin to be cut away. There are scars in the donor area but these are the size of a pinprick on your skin - you'd need a magnifying glass to find them.

The older styles of hair transplant are becoming obsolete very quickly - just because FUE has proven to be so successful. Patients have had more than 8,000 hairs transplanted in a single session with this type of hair transplant. That means you have a single hair transplant, heal up and then spend the next 12 months watching all that new hair growth on your head.....and nobody will be sure how it even happened.

Oh, and how expensive are these procedures? Well, it depends on what doctor you go to but the prices range from about $3 - $8 per hair graft (follicular unit). It ain't cheap but it's one way you can permanently solve your hair loss problems guys!

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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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