surgical hair treatments for hair loss
Suffering from hair loss and planning to undergo a surgical treatment for the same? Though hair transplants seems to top the list, there are different types of hair loss treatment too and a few other methods as well. Here’s what you need to know about the best treatment for hair loss.
In a hair transplant, grafts are removed from the back of the head and placed on areas where there is no hair or thinning is noticed. But there are 2 ways to remove grafts. FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction is a method where these grafts are removed one by one by cutting around the area. In scalp treatment for hair loss, or, FUT or Follicular Unit Transplantation, an entire strip from the scalp is cut out and then the grafts are separated. If you have a larger bald patch, FUT method is best-suited for you. And if it is just a small patch, go for FUE method.
With advances in the hair transplant method, this surgical option is becoming redundant now. Very few clinics practise this process. It’s a quick way to get your hair back. In hair loss treatment surgery, the bald patches are cut off and the rest of the scalp is sewed back together. This makes one’s head look full of hair once again but it can leave a scar running down the middle of your head and also the skin stretches.
Here are a few cheap options to conceal hair loss.
Rotational flap surgery
This too is an old method of concealing hair loss. In rotational flap surgery, the tissues at the back of one’s head are rotated so that they come back to the front of the head which immediately gives an impression of a full head of hair. But the flap surgery also has a flipside. The hair grows in the backward direction and if one continues to have hair loss, they will have bald patches or thinning in the middle and then thick hair growth again.
This type of hair loss treatment is mostly used in cases of burn or injury leaving the person to not be able to grow hair other ways. In tissue expansion, there tissue expanders put under the skin where hair growth is maximum. This area is then inflated with saline water for a few weeks which stretches the skin and increases the hair-bearing area. The bags are later removed and those areas are moved closer to the bald spots to conceal them. at times, they are also cut off.
An upcoming method capable of revolutionising hair treatment for hair loss. It will take a few more years for the treatment to take place on human hair, it is based on the cloning process. Also called hair multiplication, using existing hair follicles and then multiplying or cloning them in a lab, which is then injected on the balding areas to stimulate hair growth.
Non Surgical Hair Loss Treatments
New treatments introduced in the past few years to regrow hair lost from male pattern baldness might be a better choice. Pills and lotions don’t work for everyone. If they do work for you, you have to keep using them.
So what are these new methods, and what can you expect?
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
To make PRP, your doctor takes some of your blood, spins it to separate the platelets from the other cells, and then puts the platelets back into the plasma. This matters because platelets have hundreds of specialized proteins called growth factors that aid healing.
There’s no standard process yet. Your doctor may start with three treatments. After a few months, your hair could seem thicker and fuller than before. You might need a booster treatment 6 months later, when hair growth starts to slow down.
There aren’t no side effects, though some people say the shots hurt, even with numbing medicine.
Some doctors use PRP during hair transplants to kick-start hair growth or to help other treatments.
Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
We’re not sure exactly how this safe type of light therapy works to put the brakes on hair loss. It may encourage more hair follicles to grow, speed up how fast cells reproduce, or improve how well cells work.
Low-level lasers don’t get hot, hurt, or burn tissue. What they do is boost blood flow to your hair roots, bringing nutrients and energy that your hair needs to grow.
You can get laser hair treatments in your doctor’s office or do them at home, using a laser comb, headband, or a small helmet that fits under a baseball cap.
Most people like home treatments. You can do them whenever you want (for about 15 minutes, three times a week), and they cost less than doctor visits.
When LLLT works, you should see thicker, fuller hair in about 6 months — the same amount of time other treatments take. But LLLT won’t help if you’re completely bald.
We still need more research to figure out the best way to use it and how long the effects last.