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Losing hair is part of a normal cycle of growth and replacement. Hair follicles go through the growth and resting cycle in a non-synchronized way. Genetics is the most common cause of hair loss among both, men and women. In fact, heredity accounts for 95% of all the cases of alopecia (baldness). The remaining 5% of the cases can depend on a number other factors like diet, stress, illness, medications and more.

The most known cause of hair loss is a hereditary condition called male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness. It usually occurs gradually and in predictable patterns — a receding hairline and bald spots in men and thinning hair in women. It’s called androgenetic alopecia.

STAGES OF HAIR GROWTH

  •  Anagen: At this stage i.e. the growth phase, hair grows about half an inch per month. This phase usually lasts between 2 and 8 years. The process of hair starts when the follicle stem cells begin their work. Thereafter, the dermal papilla, the permanent part of the follicle, stimulates the hair matrix cells making them grow wildly and become pigmented. This creates a new hair shaft. 90% of hair cells are in this phase of growth during a given time.
  • Exogen: The Exogen stage represents the period from when a resting hair reaches its terminal position in the follicle to when it finally detaches. The resting hair is gradually loosened resulting in the shedding of the hair.
  • Anagen finished: The new hair extends beyond the surface of the skin and keeps growing. The hair shaft fully matures.
  • Catagen: At the end of the growth period, hair follicles prepare themselves for a resting phase. This transition period of a hair follicle from growth to rest is called the catagen stage. The catagen stage lasts about 1 to 2 weeks or so. During this phase the deeper portions of the hair follicles start to collapse.
  • Telogen: The resting stage when hair regrowth stops temporarily. This resting stage can last up to five months. The hair is shed at the end of this period. If the follicle is healthy, a new shaft begins to grow and the cycle begins again.

HAIR REGROWTH TREATMENT OPTIONS

Male/Female Pattern Baldness

Rogaine (topical minoxidil) and Propecia (finasteride) are drugs to treat pattern baldness (hair loss resulting from hereditary causes).

Rogaine a topical solution is applied directly by rubbing it onto the scalp where hair regrowth is desired. The minoxidil promotes blood flow to the hair follicles and increases both the size of the follicles and the diameter of the hair shaft. This stimulates hair regrowth and prolongs that growth. Follicles that had, over time, become shrunken and were therefore producing finer hairs should then become larger and subsequently produce thicker hair. Only about 10% to 14% of the people who try this lotion experience hair regrowth. However, Rogaine lotion can help to slow hair loss.

Propecia is the first pill that can treat male pattern hair loss. It is a prescription-based product and thus, should be given under a doctor’s care. For effective, maintained, and sustained results, the treatment should not be discontinued.

Permanent Hair Loss

Permanent hair loss can also be treated by hair replacement procedures, such as hair transplantation methods namely micro-grafting, slit grafting, punch grafting and also by scalp reduction. The type of hair loss as well as the patient’s circumstances and desires determine which hair replacement procedures are most suitable.

Stem cell therapy:

Human hair grows out of follicles present on the scalp. Damaged or dead follicles prevent new hair from growing. Stem cells help to stimulate these cells. They help in growing new follicles when transplanted onto the scalp. Scaffolding which is enriched with stem cells also has a requisite growth factor. It is injected onto the scalp, which makes the hair follicles orient themselves, and develop in the right direction. It helps promote hair growth and fight baldness. While aging, the follicles tend to shrink and stop responding to the chemical signals given to them. Thus hindering the process of hair regrowth. The follicle stem cell sends off chemical signals to the shrunken follicles. This, in turn, helps in regenerating and growing healthy hair. A revolutionary hair loss treatment for hair regrowth, stem cell therapy encourages new hair growth within 3 to 4 months of therapy. Unlike other hair fall treatments, it is absolutely safe and effective procedure for both, men and women. Stem Cell therapy for Hair Regrowth is an advanced, non-surgical procedure to regrow hair follicles that results in healthy hair growth. These stem cells are capable of renewing themselves through cell division, sometimes after long periods of inactivity – thus helping in the stimulation of long-dead hair follicles in areas of baldness.

Intensive Hair Root Therapy for Hair Regrowth:

There can be multiple reasons and conditions under which hair loss can be experienced. Lack of vitamins, minerals, or iron in the body, age, pollution, heredity, stress, lack of sleep, hormonal imbalance and illness are some of the many. Hair treatment, therefore, becomes imperative to get the hair back to its normal health. Intensive Hair Root Therapy is one of the efficient ways of treating hair loss in men as well as women. This hair treatment checks hair loss and allows hair to grow by supplying vital nutrients directly to the root of the hair. These vital nutrients are FDA approved and comprise natural plant extracts and vitamins that stimulate hair regrowth. The nutrients are delivered to the hair roots through microinjections that are relatively painless. Known to be a proven effective solution, this hair treatment has helped patients experience positive results within 2-3 months of starting the procedure.

PRP Treatment for Hair Loss:

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is concentrated blood plasma that contains approximately 3 to 5 times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood. In addition, it contains platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), transforming growth factor (TGF) and other bioactive proteins that aid in wound healing and possibly hair growth.PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy is an advanced, non-surgical, therapeutic procedure to treat hair loss conditions amongst patients with requirements of hair growth stimulation. The medical community through recent scientific research and technology found new understandings of wound and tissue healing. Through these scientific studies, they defined PRP as an all-natural autologous (derived from the patient’s own blood) medical procedure performed in physicians’ offices for scalp, skin, and hair stimulation. Simultaneously, literature on the success of PRP is being published through multiple studies and research. The hair restoration community though still remains cautious about making claims for hair restoration using PRP, exclusively.

Hair Nutri Infusion Therapy:

Under this technique, charged ions are used to deliver a nutrient cocktail through the skin. This cocktail delivers vital nutrients that go beneath the skin and help prevent hair breakage and hair loss. It also involves following a Nutraceuticals and Balanced Diet, meaning a nutrition-led approach using nutritional supplements to nurture and protect fragile hair follicles. Nutraceuticals must always be used in conjunction with an optimal diet.

Laser Hair Treatment:

The hair growth cycle consists of three phases: growth (anagen phase), resting (telogen phase) and shedding (catagen phase). Hair loss in androgenetic alopecia depends on a testosterone derivative in the skin, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Laser Treatment is believed to increase blood flow in the scalp and stimulate metabolism in catagen or telogen follicles, resulting in the production of anagen hair. Laser Treatment is a safe form of light/heat treatment under investigation for a variety of health indications. It is being used to treat the genetic forms of hair loss common in men and women, androgenetic alopecia or pattern balding. Laser treatment is also called red light therapy, cold laser, soft laser, biostimulation and photobiomodulation. During the process, the photons of light act on cytochrome C oxidase leading to the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). This is converted to cyclic AMP in the hair follicle cells, releasing energy and stimulating metabolic processes necessary for hair growth. The release of nitric oxide from cells leads to increased vascularisation of the scalp distributing nutrients and oxygen to the hair roots. Thus, preventing excessive build-up of DHT.

Hair Transplant

Hair loss problems can be caused due to several different reasons. While the process is curable and reversible in many cases, there are instances when new hair growth refuses to grow due to permanent damage to follicles and the scalp. These are the situations when Hair Transplant comes to the rescue. Due to modern technology, hair transplant surgery has made hair restoration possible. But, before you opt for a hair transplant one must know which hair transplant treatment is the most suitable for them. There are a lot of different hair transplant surgeries being offered by various different clinics 

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