Recently, being worried of getting hair loss, Lisa has been starting to think of future plans in taking care of her hair loss problem.
We could understand Lisa’s concern, though. Part of her worries come from her seeing her dad turn bald day by day, and another part due to her traumatic hair loss after giving birth to Lemon (which she has recovered from).
While it could indeed be early to plan for hair loss at her age, we still could know more about overcoming hair loss, just in case.
Hair loss is a common longstanding problem for both men and women, albeit in different forms across gender.
Knowing that we have problems of hair loss isn’t enough, we also want to know how to cover the problem, or better yet, get rid of the problem so that our aesthetic appearance is not affected.
The question is, how?
Getting a Wig
Getting a wig is a quick fire solution to covering your hair loss problem. It is effective, it covers your bald spot, and it is simple to get and easy to use. Generally, there are two types of wigs: the wefted type, which is the most common type of wig and the less expensive option; and the net type wig, which is the more expensive option but more natural-looking.
Wigs can be made by either synthetic hair or real human hair. We take a look through the advantages and disadvantages of choosing either one.
Advantages of natural human hair wigs:
- Gives a natural appearance
- Can be styled together with natural hair
- Won’t be damaged by heat or sunlight
- Can be coloured or permed
- Has natural movement or waves
Disadvantages of natural human hair wigs:
- Can be expensive
- Requires maintenance and care like natural hair
- Needs to be styled
- Can be heavy in weight
Advantages of synthetic hair wigs:
- Easy to maintain
- A cheaper option
- Won’t fade under sunlight
- Lighter in weight
- Absorbs less odour
Disadvantages of synthetic hair wigs:
- Cannot be coloured or permed
- Can be damaged by heat
- Has a less natural appearance and movement
- Needs to be replaced after some time
4 Medical Treatments for Hair Loss to consider
Since Romeo had been worrying about hair loss for some time now, Lisa also decided to know more about the treatments available for hair loss so that she can talk to her brother about it.
1. Hair transplant
There are two types of hair transplant: strip harvesting and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
The main difference between the two is that strip harvesting involves the removal and stitching of the skin, whereas FUE involves the removal and transplantation of individual hair follicles.
Being the more common choice for hair transplant, FUE is a minor surgical approach where the patient has his or her healthy hair follicles removed and transplanted onto the areas needing hair.
These hair follicles are extracted from the root up during the procedure and then carefully planted onto the skin of the bald spot. The FUE treatment is a long and delicate procedure.
Before beginning an FUE treatment, doctors will predetermine the resulting density and pattern of hair planted to achieve natural looking hair flow and satisfactory post-surgery results.
Hair transplant results are usually permanent.
2. Platelet-rich plasma, PRP treatment
PRP treatment is another popular medical treatment for hair loss. PRP is made up of blood plasma that is highly rich of platelets.
This is injected into our hair scalp where hair loss problems are present to promote hair growth and prevent hair loss.
The blood plasma in PRP treatments is made from the patient’s own blood, so side effects are unlikely.
If you're interested in PRP treatment for hair loss, click here to find a clinic with PRP treatment near you!
Mesotherapy is the injection of medications or nutrients to aid in hair growth to treat hair loss.
During a mesotherapy treatment, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other active substances are injected directly into the third layer of our skin where our blood vessels are, activating the dormant (inactive) hair follicles and stimulate the scalp to aid with hair growth.
Do you want to know more about mesotherapy for hair loss? Click here to find a clinic with mesotherapy treatment near you!
Sometimes, medical treatment procedures may not be necessary as oral or topical medications can also help in mild hair loss.
Medications need to be taken (for oral) or applied (for topical) constantly for better and retainable results.
Depending on the condition of hair loss, the type of medication given by the doctor may be different. The effectiveness of medications also varies from one condition of hair loss to another.
Remember: It is best to obtain medications for your hair loss problems from a medical professional after a medical consultation for your problem. Find a specialist doctor for your hair loss consultation here.
Lisa seemed pretty satisfied with herself while keeping her notes on the options of hair loss treatment.
“I don’t really need a wig right now, but Romeo might be interested in knowing about some of these medical treatments!”
Besides treatment, in any case prevention is always better than cure!
Some self-care tips for preventing hair loss include maintaining a balanced diet, keeping a healthy and clean scalp, and avoiding traumatic stress, hair pulling and excessive hairstyling. So start early for a healthy journey!
Juliet’s Reminder: Did you know that losing hair is a normal everyday occurrence? On average, men lose about 50-150 strands of hair day, while women can lose up to 250 strands of hair when they shampoo! These rates of hair loss do not contribute to baldness if our hair growth can catch up on the rate of us losing our hair. So don’t worry if you see strands of hair in your bathroom, but make sure you’re taking good care of your scalp health to maintain your hair growth!