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Scientific and Sci-Fi Methods Used to Treat Baldness

Hair loss is truly a universal issue as men and women from across centuries and cultures have wrestled with the problem. In ancient times, balding and bald individuals may have settled for natural methods to treat their hair and scalp condition with little success. Fortunately, we live in a world where modern science and technology has thrown itself into the search for The Cure for Hair Loss.

In many ways, modern medical science has been successful in that there are surgical and almost sci-fi methods used in the treatment of hair loss. But we still have a long way to go considering that modern science has yet to find The Total Cure for a balding scalp. Still, we continue to hope as many of these treatments have actually generated positive, significant and longer-lasting results, which is more than can be said for the crude methods of our ancestors.

Medications


The most commonly used, most convenient and most affordable option is medications, which consist of two basic medicines. First, finasteride prevents hair loss and encourages hair growth by converting the hormone testosterone into DHT. Studies have shown that it is most effective on the head's front and center but ineffective on hair loss near the temple.

Significant results can be experienced but you must continue taking the drug or else the hair starts to fall off within a year. Plus, you must not take it when there are pregnant women in the house since it can affect the male fetus.

Second, minoxidil is actually foam or a cream applied to the balding scalp two times daily. Like finasteride, you have to apply the product for as long as you want more hair. Once you stop applying the foam, your hair loss condition will return.

You must work with a doctor when using these products. The side effects can be inconvenient, to say the least, so it makes sense to have someone tell you what to do about these unwanted things.

Surgery


If you have money to spare in the thousands of dollars, go a step up if the medications do not take effect. You have these surgical and non-surgical choices:

    * Tissue expansion involves the insertion of a tissue expander under the scalp, which is then inserted with tiny balloons. The balloons are then inflated in the succeeding months with the expanded skin being placed over the bald spots.
      Hair transplants involve the removal of very small plugs of hair, which are then transplanted into the bald areas. Think of it as hair harvesting, if you want.
      Scalp reduction is similar to a face lift in the bald spot is removed and the non-bald spots are pulled together over the bald area.
      Flap surgery involves the transfer of the scalp with hair into the bald area. Its main difference from the other surgical operations is that one end of the removed scalp is still attached to its original blood supply.

A non-surgical method that has gained the approval of the FDA is the laser comb. The results have been encouraging in a majority of patients although many will still see it as in the realm of science fiction. Still, for hair loss, anything is worth a try.