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Hair Loss Treatments

Mar 9, 2008
If you are a guy, are you embarrassed by your receding hair line? If you are a woman or child are you self-conscious about your thinning hair? You may be surprised that many people in today's society are not able to distinguish fact from fiction when it comes to the subject of hair loss.

You can put some of the blame on individuals and companies who are exploiting hair loss myths just so that they can make a fast buck by selling bogus hair products. Since many people are reluctant to speak about the subject that remains both emotional and sensitive, this contributes to still-circulating hair loss myths.

To be very matter of fact about it, baldness, no matter if it is temporary or permanent, cannot be cured. However, there are hair loss treatments that will help to promote the growth of hair or even hide hair loss. For some types of hair loss, you may find that the hair resumes growing without having to look for any special treatment.

Medication

The effectiveness of medications that are used in the treatment of hair loss depends on the reason of its cause, the extent of the loss, and the individual's response to the product. The more extensive your hair loss is, the less effective the treatment will be.
The types of drugs that are used for hair loss prevention which are approved by the FDA include the following:

Rogaine (Minoxidil) This is an over-the-counter product that has been approved for certain types of hair loss. Rogaine comes in either a foam or a liquid that you rub into the scalp two times a day in order to grow hair as well as to prevent further hair loss. New hair resulting from Rogaine may be shorter and thinner than your previous hair.

However, enough hair may be produced that will hide any bald spots you may have, and you will be able to blend in the new hair with your existing hair. After you stop using Rogaine, new hair growth will stop. It may take as long as three months for new hair to begin growing.

Propecia (Finasteride) This is a prescription medication that is used to treat male-pattern baldness and is taken every day in pill form. Many men who take this product will experience a slowing of hair loss, and some may even see some new hair growth. It may take several months to see any difference while taking this hair loss remedy. Propecia is NOT to use used by women. If you are a pregnant woman, you may not even handle broken or crushed Propecia tablets as this may be a source of serious birth defects in unborn male babies.

Corticosteroids Another hair loss solution is getting injections of cortisone directly into the scalp. You may begin to see new hair growth about four weeks after the first injection. You may also use creams and ointments, but these are usually not as effective as the monthly injections.

Anthralin (Dritho-Scalp) This hair loss product is a synthetic, tarry substance that comes in either an ointment or a cream and is usually used to treat psoriasis as well as some other skin conditions. Anthralin may stimulate new hair growth, but it may take about three months to see new hair appear.

Of course, there are surgical procedures that can be effective as a hair loss treatment. However, two of the big drawbacks are that some of these procedures are quite expensive and can be quite painful. Make sure that if you follow this route you only go to a board-certified dermatologist or cosmetic or plastic surgeon.

Another hair loss remedy to consider is to wear a hairpiece or wig. If you are having issues concerning a lack of confidence or self-worth and you do not want to seek medical treatment, there are many quality, natural-looking hairpieces and wigs available nowadays.
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