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Just two products have been approved by U.S. FDA for halting hair loss and stimulating hair regrowth.
This drug was introduced to treat hypertension, but was observed to cause excessive hair growth as a side effect. A topical solution was prepared to treat hair loss. It is to be applied to the scalp and stimulates hair growth in adult men and women.
With the use of Minoxidil, hair growth usually occurs after the medicine has been used for several months and lasts only as long as the medicine is being used. If minoxidil treatment is stopped, hair loss will begin again in a few months. Minoxidil is available in 2%, 5% and 10% solution strengths in the dosage of 1ml, twice a day.
Minoxidil is for external application on the scalp. For proper benefits, it has to be used regularly. Results are better when used over specific areas of hair loss.
Finesteride is an enzyme inhibitor which acts at molecular level to stop hair loss and stimulate hair growth. It inhibits the activity of androgenic harmones on scalp hair follicles. It is an oral medication and used in a dosage of 1 mg per day.
Finesteride is not approved for use in females. Prolonged use of the medicine gives better results and it may be combined with minoxidil and surgical hair restoration for optimum benefits.
Advanced techniques of surgical hair transplantation can replace the lost hair and reshape the hairline. This is done using your own hair, which grows naturally and permanently. The transplanted hair can be washed, trimmed and styled as one wants. The standard surgical procedure is ‘Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation’.
The follicular unit is a physiological entity and consists of one, two, three or four hair growing in a cluster. The hair growth is better when the follicular unit is kept intact during transplantation.
Hair transplantation surgery is based on the principle of ‘Donor Dominance’. Hair at the back and sides of the scalp continue to grow throughout the life a person. These hairs are resistant to the hormonal influence. When the hair is transplanted to the bald area, it continues to grow naturally.
CANDIDATES FOR SURGERY:
Hair transplantation surgery is considered to be “minor out-patient surgery.” Hair transplant procedures can take 4–8 hours and are usually performed using local anaesthesia on an out-patient basis, occasionally with some supplemental oral or IV medication. Patients are awake as usually no sedation is used. There is typically little discomfort during the surgical procedure.
The donor areas, from where the grafts have been harvested, are usually closed with sutures. These are usually removed in 10–14 days. Dissolvable sutures may occasionally be used in order to eliminate the need for you to return for stitch removal. Using ‘Trichophytic Closure’, the scar will be better concealed, as some hair will grow through the scar.
The harvested hairs are then cut into follicular unit grafts under magnification. These grafts are then placed in the areas of hair loss (recipient area) with small, superficial needle holes or slits in the skin of the scalp. This process may take 3-4 hours. Breaks are allowed during the surgery, for refreshments and visit to the rest room. The donor site will have a small dressing and the transplanted area has no dressing.
AFTER CARE AND RESULTS:
Hair transplantation is a very safe surgical procedure. There is usually little or no discomfort in the grafted area. Most patients feel some “tightness” in the donor area for 1–2 days and a mild analgesic will help cope with this. Patients may be asked to sleep in a semi-upright position for 2–3 days following the procedure to minimize swelling and bruising.
Small crusts may form on each graft, and these can usually be camouflaged by any existing hair that can be combed over the recipient area, or with camouflage products such as HAIROUSE or Toppik. These crusts will flake-off by 5–14 days after the surgery, the smaller follicular unit scabs often falling off at 4–6 days and the multi-follicular unit scabs taking longer. The transplanted hair seen growing out of the scalp may initially be shed; however, the roots remain and will be dormant for 10–14 weeks, at which time the new hairs will begin to grow.
The commonest cause of hair loss is heredity. Other causes are poor nutrition, stress, ill health, fungal and bacterial infections and side effect of prolonged use of certain medicines.
Hair transplant is an out-patient surgical procedure. It is the only permanent method of hair restoration, involving transfer of one’s own hair on to the bald areas.
These are all temporary techniques. An external hair bearing device is attached to the existing hair using weaves, sticking tape or clips. Prolonged use can cause damage to the existing hair and bad hygiene.
Well, apart from the running part.
Some amount of discomfort can occur during the injection of local anaesthetic. With the usage of very fine needles and special injection techniques, pain will be minimized. Many people report no pain at all.
Normal hair grow in groups of 1, 2, 3 or 4 hair and when transferred as a unit, give a natural and robust growth. This principle is followed in follicular unit micrografting and is the best method of hair transplantation.
The donor site is closed and hidden in the surrounding hair.
The entire procedure is done under local anaesthesia and does not require admission. The procedure is limited only to the skin outside the skull bone and is very safe
It may take 4-8 hours to complete a hair transplant, depending on the number of grafts to be placed.
The hair start growing after 3-4 months and keeps growing thereafter like rest of the hair.
At present there are only two remedies approved for hairloss. In terms of topical applications, we have Minoxidil . In the pill form we have Finasteride in 1mg strength. They are effective (either singly or in combination)in a large number of patients.
Of course, the most permanent treatment for hair loss is hair transplantation, which is safe, effective, long lasting and cost effective.
Dr.Madhukumar is a consultant Cosmetic and Plastic surgeon, practicing in Bangalore for the past several years. He received his superspeciality plastic surgery training at J.J. group of hospitals in Mumbai. He also holds the degree of Diplomate of National Board (DNB) in plastic surgery.
He is abreast with the current trends in cosmetic surgery and hair restoration by attending various conferences and tutorials, including those conducted by International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). He is a consultant at some of the leading hospitals in Bangalore like Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta Road and Sagar Hospital, Banashankari.
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