Sometimes hair loss will be the result of genetics, in other instances it may be due to poor diet. Even still, it could be the result of a prolonged use of harshchemicals via hair products. If it’s not one (or a combination) of these factors than there are other causations. Hair loss could incur due to a serious medical condition or accident. And, even if you manage to eschew all these things, there is still the fact that old age will inevitably result in sparser hair.
Indeed, the hair on our heads is a very valuable personal commodity – I’d like to refer to it as a ‘follicular asset’. Given this, you may even feel like taking out an insurance policy on your locks. I’m not entirely sure that option actually exists. But, what does exist are medical solutions that can help you to reclaim your glory days – complete with a lush, majestic, full head of hair.
No matter the mildness or severity of the condition, there are treatments available to suit. For mild or spot hair loss there are the options of medications, topical treatments or very minor medical procedures. For more severe or large areas of hair loss there are the options ofhairtransplant surgery or more serious medical procedures.
Most people tend to avoid medical procedures if at all possibleand opt for a program of medication prescribed by a medical professional. Or, they may use a topical scalp treatment to assist in hair regrowth or to stop hair loss. Alternatively, they may use a cosmetic application to cover hair loss such as hair fibres. Each solution has the ability to work effectively and efficiently depending on the individual case or budget.
In the case of medical conditions resulting in hair loss (whether it be hereditary balding or disease or the result of burn injury or trauma), the severity of these situations usually callsfor hair transplant surgery or other medical operations. The options for these more serious situations of hair loss differ in the range of cost, effectiveness, recovery time and in the length of operation.
There are three options primarily available for people seeking to have hair surgically affixed to areas that haveexperienced a decrease in growth or loss. These are: hair transplant grafts, flap surgery and scalp reduction surgery. Each of these options differs according to factors of cost, circumstance and what takes place in the procedure itself.
Hair transplant grafting (as the name suggests) involves taking a graft of skin from a section of the patient’s scalp that contains healthy and numerous hair follicles and grafting them onto the area where the hair loss has occurred. The operation takes place under local anesthetic. The length of the procedure is dependent on the size and number of grafts taking place – this canrange from between 2 to several hours. The cost is also variant dependent on the individual client.
Hair flap surgery is similar in nature to a transplant graft. However, it is used for hair loss that covers a much larger area. The person undertaking this particular procedure will need to stay in hospital. Though it is similar to the graft, there are significant differences. Hair flap surgery involves inserting a balloon beneath the scalp where hair follicles are present and expanding that area of the scalp, causinggrowth of extra skin tissue with hair follicles. Once enough healthy skin has grown with hair, the balding area of the scalp is cut away and the newly grown skin grafted in place. This is a more intensive procedure which incurs a significant difference in down- time (as opposed to the transplant graft).
Yet another procedure available is scalp reduction surgery. It is an option for people experiencing baldnessoccurring at the back and top of the scalp rather than for those with receding hair lines. The surgeon typically performs a U or a Y shaped incisionintothe portion of the skin on the scalp where the balding is present and removes it. Once the skin has loosened,the area where the incision was made is stitched together. This procedure takes place under local anesthetic.
Remember, always do your research and consult a medical professional before beginning any hair loss program, treatment or option, so as to best revive and rebirth (this is not merely a metaphor) your once prized ‘follicular assets’.