Losing Your Hair?   



Losing Your Hair?

 
The big cover-up. restore your glorious

For normal hereditary hair loss (the technical term is androgenic alopecia), there is no cure although some treatments are available to slow or halt the hair loss. Early treatment works the best to prevent further loss. If hair loss is caused by a temporary situation such as medication, stress or insufficient iron, however, the hair loss will stop when the cause of the hair loss is removed.

MEDICATIONS FOR HAIR LOSS
Treating hereditary hair loss with medications is more successful when started early, at the first signs of hair thinning. Treatment must be continuous to maintain hair regrowth. If the treatment is stopped, regrowth ceases and hair loss will start again.
The effectiveness of treatment may not be measurable for up to 12 months.

Some hair loss medications are over-the-counter drugs, but most require a prescription. These medications have a small risk of causing side effects, and you should make sure your doctor or pharmacist satisfactorily explains to you what these are before starting treatment.

Flnasterlde is available on prescription from your doctor for the treatment of hereditary hair loss in men only (male pattern baldness). Finasteride acts on 5-alpha reductase, an enzyme present in your scalp that controls the production of the hormone dihydrotestosterone, which is involved in regulating hair growth. Taking this medication will not affect the hair on the rest of your body.

Minoxidil topical lotion is also available on prescription and is rubbed directly onto the scalp and can be used by both men and women. It usually works best for hair loss at the top and back of the scalp, where there is still some remaining hair. It can slow progressive balding in hereditary hair loss, but not all hair will grow back.

The lotion needs to be applied twice daily to the scalp while it is dry. You should not exceed the recommended dose, as overuse will not achieve better or faster growth. The most common side effect is an itchy scalp.
You should always wash your hands thoroughly after applying the lotion, and avoid getting it in your eyes, nose or mouth. This product should not be used by women during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

HAIR TRANSPLANTATION
Hairstyles can often be effective in hiding thinning hair. In some men, hair transplants can redistribute the remaining hair.

Surgical hair replacement can give you back a head of your own hair. Available since the 1950s, surgical hair replacement is a low risk procedure. Tiny plugs (grafts) of your hair-bearing skin are surgically removed and transplanted into tiny holes made in the scalp where your hair is thinning. These plugs are removed from the band of hair extending from above your ears and around the back of your scalp. During one hair transplant session, up to 60 or 100 hair plugs are transplanted. Typically, it takes three or four sessions to cover a bald area.

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Happy reading,
Evelyn



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