Hair loss is a very common problem that occurs in both men and women. There are various types of hair loss with several causes and symptoms. In men the most common type is the male pattern baldness. This can occur in women as well and it is known as female pattern baldness. This situation can be frustrating and can be difficult to deal with. The male pattern baldness starts with a receding hairline and then thinning of hair occurs specifically on the temple and crown areas. In women, the hair normally thins out on the top area of the head.
The male and female pattern baldness is referred to as androgenetic alopecia. In men, it could be caused due to hereditary factors. A few treatments for hair regrowth are discussed below.
Hair Regrowth Treatments
Minoxidil or Rogaine is a foamy liquid, which could be purchased over the counter. You just need to rub this liquid on the scalp two times every day to prevent hair loss and help regrowth of hair. This liquid decreases the rate of hair loss and promotes hair regrowth.
This is available in two percent and five percent solutions. While using this solution, you may experience irritation in the scalp and sometimes-unwanted hair growth is seen in the nearby areas of the face and forehead.
Propecia or finasteride is a drug that helps in the treatment of male pattern baldness. It has to be taken as a pill every day. People consuming this pill have experienced a reduction in hair loss and some have seen hair regrowth too. Some side effects are noted, hence it is recommended to consult an expert before taking this medication.
Hair Transplant Surgery
Hair transplant is another effective treatment to promote hair regrowth. It is a surgical process in which, small plugs of skin containing hair from the sides or back of the scalp are removed and then implanted on the areas, where the hair is lost.
This procedure may require many transplant sessions to cover the entire bald area because hair loss due to hereditary factors takes time to rebuild.
Scalp Reduction Technique
Scalp reduction is another surgical procedure in which a tiny part of the skin that is bald on the head is removed. Once the bald hairless area is removed, it is covered with scalp that has hair on it. Some doctors may also fold the hair filled scalp over the bald area. This is a scalp reduction technique and is referred to as flap.
As the name suggests, this treatment involves the usage of steroids, which are powerful chemicals known as hormones. It works by suppressing the immune system, which is the natural fighting agent against illness and infection. This treatment is effective in treating alopecia areata, which is known to occur due to the damage caused to the hair follicle by the immune system. Corticosteroid injections work well on smaller areas of alopecia.
This injection can also be used on areas like eyebrows. In this treatment, the corticosteroid liquid is injected many times on the bald areas. This inhibits the immune system from causing damage to the hair follicles. The treatment also helps in stimulating the regrowth of hair in the bald areas in about 4 weeks. This injection is repeated once in every few weeks.