Hair Loss Treatment

Normal Hair Growth

hair_growth_imgShedding of 50 to 100 hairs is a completely normal process. When a hair sheds, it gets replaced by a new hair from the follicle which is just below the surface. Hair is formed from a protein, which is of the same type as found in fingernails and toenails. It is imperative for everyone to eat an adequate amount of protein in order to maintain normal hair production. Egg, meat, nuts, chicken, dried beans and grains are all rich source of proteins. Scalp treatment is offered in Delhi by world renowned hair specialists to boost hair growth, make them shiny and also add volume.

What are the causes of hair loss?

Reasons for hair loss differ in men and women. As per several studies, losing up to 100-150 hairs per day is normal. The hairs that are shed are often in resting or late phase in the hair cycle and undergo cyclic shedding. Generally, 10% of our hair is in the resting phase.

Common causes of hair loss include:

  • Medications
  • Thyroid disease
  • Childbirth
  • Improper hair cosmetic use/improper hair care
  • Cancer treatment drugs
  • High fever, severe infection, severe influenza
  • Inadequate protein in diet

How is hair loss classified?

Hair loss can be classified in many ways, one of which is to classify them on the basis of whether the loss appears in patches or affects the entire scalp. Other medical classifications include scarring versus non-scarring hair loss. Some are mentioned below:

Patchy hair loss

hair_loss_02_imgFew conditions cause smaller areas of hair loss or patchy hair loss whereas others affect the entire scalp. Common causes of patchy hair loss include:

  • Alopecia areata (coin size patches of scalp baldness which generally regrows in a few months)

What treatment is there for hair loss in men?

Nowadays, few FDA-approved and scientifically proven treatments for hair loss have come up in the market. Many unproven products such as shampoos, conditioners and vitamins claim to help in hair regrowth and confuse patients in an indefinite manner. There are three effective options to slow down your hair fall problem – Minoxidil, Propecia, and Avodart which are maintenance-type medications and meant for long-term use. Also, stopping these medication will not worsen your hair loss problem.

What specific treatments are there for hair loss in women?

There are several female hair loss treatments available today, which include minoxidil (Rogaine), hair transplants, and hair powder fibers like Toppik, wigs, hair extensions, and weaves.

  • Minoxidil is available in 2%, 4%, and 5% concentrations. Minoxidil grows very small hair wherever it is applied and it is important to know to avoid running the liquid onto the face or neck where it can also grow hair.
  • Propecia is a drug approved by the FDA for men to help hair loss. After extensive safety testing on women, it was found to be safe in postmenopausal women. For pregnant mothers, it is not the right drug to be used. It might be a good option for postmenopausal women, women who are not pregnant or considering pregnancy, but is not effective at all times.
  • Surgical procedures like hair transplants or hair restorations can be useful for some women as well as men to “fill in” thinned-out areas.