It is hard to deal with hair loss. The hair on your head, which you often took for granted, starts diminishing. The mane which once used to be your crowning glory is doing a disappearing act and you cannot do anything about it. No wonders you rush to find the nearest store with anti-hair fall shampoos or start applying serums, lotions, and oils which promise hair growth. But what is the extent of the efficacy of these methods? Come let us find out what actually holds true –
1. Minoxidil (Rogaine): This drug is useful in extending the hair growth phase of hair follicles. It is effective in dealing with hair loss in the scalp and midsection rather than the hairline.
2. Finasteride – It is also known by the name of Proscar and Propecia as well. It is generally prescribed to men as it is known to cause harmful effects on the foetus in case the woman is pregnant. It shows good results in balding men. Although a majority of people don’t show any side effects after the use of Propecia, some men might not be able to tolerate it well and suffer from certain undesirable side effects.
It is a form of hair transplant which involves sewing into the individual’s hair. It requires the presence of sufficient hair on the scalp of the patient. The weaving process is beneficial in the terms that the patient need not refrain from activities like swimming. It also stays on whether you are taking a shower or sleeping. That doesn’t mean that they do not have any associated disadvantages. The patients need to carefully maintain their weaves and may require another round of sewing in as the new hair grows. Damage to natural hair can also not be ruled out. The patients are also susceptible to developing traction alopecia which can lead to permanent hair loss.
2. Hair Transplant
It is a technique in which the hair is removed from the donor site and implanted on the recipient site. The site with low hair growth is termed as the recipient side. The area with sufficient hair growth is termed as a donor site. The resulting hair is permanent and hard to distinguish from the natural hair. It is performed in two ways-
1. FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction)
2. FUSS (Follicular Unit Strip Surgery)
- Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
FUE hair transplant involves the extraction of individual hair follicles from the donor site. These hair follicles are extracted using the technique of surgical punching. The benefits of the technique are that the surgery causes less inconvenience and scarring than the FUSS method. With reduced swelling also featuring on the advantages list, it is the favorite technique of many surgeons and patients alike.
- Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS)
It is another technique with which hair transplantation is done. In this process, the hair follicle is extracted in the form of strips. The strip is extracted from the donor site. What follows is the extraction of the follicular units from the strip using dissection carried out under a microscope. It is followed by implantation on the recipient sites using incisions. The resultant scar is a thin line.