Struggling with Hair Loss? Here are Your Options!

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When you see strands of hair on the floor with no clear reason to come up for it, you tend to panic and try to deal with the situation on your own, afraid of the true reason behind it. In this lonely journey, you get to encounter a lot of possible reasons and solutions. However, not all of them actually work. In fact, there are just a few that would permanently solve the situation. Below are some of the remedies that people have used to cure their baldness that unfortunately did not work to their feather.

You are not Alone

For those who have never encountered hair loss in their families or circle of friends, they often feel that they belong to that minuscule group of people who had the bad luck of getting the condition. This could not be farther from the truth.

People who needed to fight hair loss and other common ailments have tried looking for natural remedies for centuries and this continues to happen in modern times. Studies have shown that almost 4 out of 10 adults have used alternative medicine.

What is important to note is that there has been a surge in the use of this type of medicine in recent years. In 2012, a whopping 33.2 percent of U.S. adults have used complementary health remedies, reminiscent of the figures in 2007 (33.5%) and 2002 (32.3%).

Among the different natural remedies, fish oil emerged as the number one product among adults at 7.8%. Not to belittle or doubt the efficiency of these products, there are some hair loss remedies or treatments that have given hope to the balding population but missed the mark in the efficiency department.

Brushes for Hair Loss

Because the hair has stopped growing, people thought that they just need to stimulate the scalp to restart the hair growth process. One of the inventions that came out of this is the hairbrush for baldness. Continuous brushing with this magic brush was supposed to improve blood circulation to the hair follicle and encourage the growth of new hair.

Unfortunately, there is no scientific study to support this claim. Other products that were marketed in the same vein are the magnets and scalp massage equipment. The only ones that truthfully improve blood circulation are minoxidil and low-level laser therapies. All others cannot be trusted.

Minoxidil

One of the most recommended non-surgical treatments for balding hair is Minoxidil. It is FDA-approved and has legitimate research to back it up. The tricky part is that it is not for everyone. At its best, it has been noted to cure only 35% of the men who took it. The reason for the discrepancy is the missing active enzyme in the body called sulfotransferase that is needed for the hair to respond to Minoxidil. Not everyone has a potent amount of this enzyme for this treatment to cure baldness. In other words, the remaining 65% of the equation is the one you do not want to be a part of.

Finasteride

Another familiar name in the list of hair loss treatments, it works by stopping your body from manufacturing the hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It is popularly known at your favourite drugstores as Propecia. You have to give props to this product for stopping the hair loss in almost 90% of its male patrons. The catch is it will not stay that way forever because the hair loss starts again as soon as you stop using the product.

It is also not good for men to take it because it has been known to cause erectile dysfunction. Like its temporary effect on the scalp, the dysfunction is bound to disappear when you stop using it. It might just take three months or more for that to happen. However, according to some reports that prolonged use brought in some permanent sexual problems to some who use it.

Herbal Supplements

These are a dime a dozen nowadays with every imaginable health issue having a corresponding herbal supplement for it. There are some legitimately good ones like biotin and marine-derived proteins and polysaccharides, but all they do is support the quality of your hair. These can never overpower the hereditary issues of your hair as well as the hormonal imbalance of those suffering from the condition. At this point, only the FDA-approved treatments like Minoxidil and Finasteride are the only ones that can legitimately slow down or reverse the balding process.

Unconventional Treatments from the Past

Snake Oil and Tea

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the popularity of the so-called “snake-oil” salesmen became a hair-raising success. They acted like doctors and marketed their product named Seven Sutherland Sisters’ Hair Grower as a specially formulated potion that can successfully overturn hair loss. Of course, they were phonies and the product was named after a family in a sideshow who had cascading hair.

Cashing in on the demand for a potion that could cure baldness, a refreshing beverage named the “cold India tea” was rubbed on the scalp of men along with chunks of lemon. It obviously did not work and produced mediocre results.

The Thermocap Device

Considered as a blazing solution for hair loss was the use of heat to supposedly stimulate the scalp to produce hair again. This became the battle cry of the Thermocap Device that was invented in the 1920s. All you had to do was spend 15 minutes under the bonnet-like helmet every day and bathe in the warm and blue light of this crazy invention. Its fame quickly evaporated as soon as the shabby results started happening.

Suck the Hair Out

When Xervac was launched in 1936, it was touted to spur hair growth by suctioning them from beneath the scalp. The marketing was crazier, renting it to households and placing them in barbershops. All it sucked was the money that the patrons spent on this contraption.

Hair Transplants for Serious Takers

Among all the available treatments out there, hair transplant is still the best and most permanent procedures for extreme cases of hair loss. It operates on the idea of taking hair follicles from the healthy parts of the scalp, which are usually found on the back and sides of the head and transplanting them to the affected areas.

Among the different types of hair transplants, the most popular is “strip harvesting” or otherwise known as Follicular Unit Transfer (FUT).  It involves the removal of a strip of the scalp and the cutting out of the follicular units that create the grafts for the transplant.

Usually, the hair on the scalp area is enough to treat the balding ones, but in some cases, hair from the other parts of the body like the chest, arms, and legs are used for the purpose. According to those who’ve tried this, the hair from the legs is the most natural looking.

This procedure is the only one that is guaranteed to give permanent results but is also the most expensive and completely depends on the number of grafts that are needed. The patient also has to endure at least 24 hours to complete the procedure, something that needs a lot of patience and trust in the surgeon. It is not painful because it is performed under local anaesthesia.

To learn more about getting hair transplant and other hair restoration treatments in Australia, call us now to schedule your consultation with Dr. Andrew Kim at the Australian Institute for Hair Restoration. Dr Kim is a renowned and board-certified cosmetic surgeon who has wide experience in the field of hair transplant.

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