Essential Reading By All Hair Loss Sufferers
Topical - Minoxidil 2% and 5%, the active ingredient in RogaineŽ, may enhance scalp blood flow. Sometimes only effective for about 2 years, it has a generalised effect on the hair. It may slow down hair loss and stimulate hair growth. It requires daily application. Scalp irritation may be a problem. Minoxidil is available over the counter.
Oral - Finasteride, the active ingredient in PropeciaŽ inhibits the development of male hormones (dihydrotestosterone, DHT) that can cause male pattern hair loss. One 1mg tablet is taken daily. It is available on prescription only, so it requires a consultation with a doctor.
This can stabilize hair loss and encourage growth in the mid scalp and crown areas. It helps about 90% of the patients, half of whom will show increased growth. This product may have some side effects and can only be used by men.
Effect of Propecia after 5 years's use
Laser - Recently approved by the United States' FDA, low level laser stimulates hair growth and prevents further loss. Low frequency laser is safe and effective. The HairMax LaserComb needs to be used 10 - 15 minutes twice per week. Treatment must be ongoing.
Effects of Lasercomb after 6 months use
Hair Transplant - Follicular unit hair transplantation is the only known permanent solution to hair loss. In skilled hands, the outcome is completely natural, undetectable, and very cost-effective over long term. The procedure causes little discomfort or inconvenience. Scarring is minimal.
Choose a surgeon who is familiar with and practises the latest techniques. Speak to and see past patients to confirm claims made. Today there is no excuse for mediocre surgical work. Shop around; try conducting a Google search.
Strong, proven scientific international track record is a good start for your surgeon selection process. Seek medical advice to ensure that this is the suitable option for you at your stage of hair loss.
Cloning - At the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery 13th Scientific Meeting held in Sydney (24-28 Aug 2005) researchers reported to 335 international hair transplant surgeons the following::
Hair Pieces - instant hair, most of them are easily noticeable, requires regular maintenance.
Plastic Hair Implants - FDA no longer approves this process. Implanted foreign material will be rejected by the body. Medically not recommended.
CAUTION: Hair loss is a medical condition, and results of treatment cannot be predicted for an individual. Although many available treatments will show temporary improvements, they may ultimately fail. There are no guarantees in medicine, so be cautious of any companies making such claims.