Treatment for hair loss is categorised by non-surgical (non-invasive) and surgical (invasive) methods, and there are a number of options available in each. Surgical hair transplantation tends to be mainly suitable for men, leaving women with limited options in terms of surgical methods. In 2016, 86% of men diagnosed were treated with this method compared to just 14% of women. This is because hair loss presentation and progression differs between the sexes. Women are unfortunately often not eligible for the procedure and must find an alternative solution.
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Below, you can learn more about the different hair loss treatment options.
Non-surgical hair loss solutions
These solutions are most people’s first choice before they opt for surgery. They can help disguise the condition, slow down hair loss progression and stimulate growth. There are three types of treatments in this category: natural treatments, cosmetic treatments and prescription treatments.
Nutrition and Natural supplements
The body relies on good nutrition to maintain healthy hair. Diet is important for preventing hair loss and promoting healthy growth. Adequate protein from foods like fish, eggs and beans is essential, as is maintaining the right levels of iron, zinc and vitamins A, B, C, and folic acid.
To compensate for a lack of nutrient deficiencies, natural supplements can help. Once-a-day multivitamins rich in vitamins A, C and B-complex vitamins, as well as omega-3 fatty acids may be beneficial if your hair loss is the result of a deficiency.
A good hair care regimen will also help keep hair healthy. Use mild shampoos and conditioners containing biotin and make sure the water is lukewarm, as hot water can dry hair and make it brittle. Towel dry or let it dry naturally and limit the use of hair dryers if you can.
Hair regrowth stimulation methods
These treatment options are usually combined with other and not used as stand-alone treatments. There is very little clinical evidence supporting the effectiveness regrowth stimulation methods as a hair restoration options.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP)
PRP involves injecting your own blood into affected areas. Blood is centrifuged before injection. This method is said to encourage the release of growth factors that increase the production of reparative cells. PRP treatment are undertaken once a month for up three to four months and then every three to six months. There is little scientific evidence to demonstrate how well it works.
Laser treatment: Low-level laser therapy (LLLT)
LLLT is known under a few names, including red light therapy, cold laser therapy and soft laser. This type of light therapy is in combination with other treatments to treat pattern baldness. The light is used to increase blood flow to the scalp to encourage resting or dormant follicles to go into anagen. It can also prevent production of DHT Dihydrotestosterone that harms follicles.
Surgical hair loss treatments
What does this now mean for you?
There is no one-treatment-suits-all solution to hair loss and what works for one person may not be suitable for another. Medications like Minodixil and Finasteride cannot offer permanent cures and if eligible, surgical procedures are often a last result for women.
A good alternative to unsatisfactory treatments and surgical procedures are the new generation of hair implants. This safe and effective treatment can offer outstanding natural looking results immediately.
However, before you undertake any treatment, it is very important that you consult a physician to establish the cause of your hair loss and ask for treatment recommendations suitable for your condition.