Anti Hair Loss Treatment
Hair loss and hair fall are two different conditions. Hair fall can be managed using various medications, whereas hair loss can only be treated using hair transplant. The medications for hair fall are effective only if these are continuously administered. It takes almost 4 to 6 weeks before we start to see the result of their action. Some of the medicines prescribed to treat hair loss are as follows:
Finasteride: A dosage of 1 mg on alternate nights is generally administered. The medicine operates by having an anti-testosterone effect. DHT (dihydrotestosterone) is the active agent responsible for hair loss at a molecular level. The action of DHT is blocked by Finasteride, allowing the increase in the thickness of existing hair and decrease in hair fall. Side effects such as a decrease in sexual drive have been occasionally noted since the drug is anti-testosterone. Once the drug is stopped, the side effects reverse in about 6 weeks.
Minoxidil: A liquid solution of minoxidil commonly available as Mintop is the most effective in managing hair loss. It is available in various strengths (2%, 5%, 10%, etc.). It is advised to start medications from a lower concentration, and the dosage may be increased over a period of time. Most patients respond to the lower concentration very well. The higher concentrations are used only in few cases. Blood flow to the scalp is increased by this medication. This facilitates better nourishment to the hair roots, thereby decreasing their fall and increasing their thickness. Apart from occasional rashes and allergies, this is very safe.
PRP mesotherapy: Some centers use the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) mesotherapy. In such a procedure, a concentrate of blood platelets is employed in scalp mesotherapy .The treatment is painful and time consuming. There is also much debate going on in the medical field regarding its reliability.
HAIR MAX A significant decrease hair fall can be achieved by using lasers combs. It is still a convenient and safe method to decrease hair fall despite of the fact that a definite scientific basis is awaited.