Articles on balding

Do You Want to Stop Balding and Reverse It?

Dr. Rajdeep, Dermatologist
My neighbour Raju, has a lawn that looks lush green all the time. I hardly ever see him water it, use a lawnmower or hire a gardener to take care of his lawn. I on the other hand take great pains to water and move my lawn and still have stubby bushes and dry brown grass all over my lawn. Many times I get the feeling that Raju doesn't even care about his lawn but is blessed with a wonderful one. I am not talking about grass anymore am I? Your neighbour is well into his 40’s with a full head of hair but he doesn't groom it or comb it or even get it cut regularly. You on the other hand have always wanted to have long hair, wash your hair regularly, get a haircut every month, use the best shampoos and still are going bald even before the age of 30!Androgenetic alopecia can occur in both men and women, and is increasingly seen at younger ages these days. What makes you go bald earlier than the others? The two most important factors are your hormones and your genes. Hormones are produced by a few specialised cells in the body and have an effect throughout the body. The male hormones mainly testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) are responsible for all the “manly” attributes like facial hair, body hair, increased oiliness of the skin, more muscle mass, bigger bones and of course losing hair on the head. DHT is known to act on hair roots (follicles) on the top of your scalp and make the oil glands attached to hair follicles larger and makes the hair root smaller. Most balding men would also have experienced their scalp becoming more oily as they bald.Genetic factors are either passed on from your side of the family or develop as a new feature in you. Both maternal (mother's) and paternal (father's) genes are implicated. Genetics factors predict who are more sensitive to the hormone DHT. Normal levels of DHT are found even in those losing hair and hence it is believed that the hair follicles of people going bald earlier is because they are more sensitive to the hormone.How can you prevent going bald?Androgenetic alopecia accounts for about 95% of the cases of hairloss with balding.If you have good genes and your family members haven't gone bald well into their 50s, you are usually safer. If you have an oily scalp and you wash it regularly it helps to keep to delay your hairloss. Several medicines ranging from shampoos to lotions to tablets are available to block DHT or at least thought to block DHT. Among these the most useful is finasteride. It blocks conversion of testosterone (another male hormone) to DHT.Finasteride taken as tablets is the most effective medicine for Androgenetic alopecia. However, several people are concerned that it may cause impotence and reduced sperm count by blocking this hormone. Although the possibility is very low, most people these days believe the side effect however small is not worth taking and ask the doctors to give them anything other than finasteride. The phobia to finasteride started like most phobias started in the United States and has now spread to all parts of the tech savvy world.Shampoos containing ketoconazole also inhibits DHT on the scalp and since it acts only on the skin of the scalp it is a much safer alternative. It is used alone in mild cases where scalp is oily or a person has dandruff.Minoxidil is the most popular medicine for hairloss which has been used for more than 20 years. It gives results similar to finasteride tablets without the side effects. Many dermatologists prefer using a combination of minoxidil and finasteride to give the best results to their patients. How minoxidil works in hairloss is still not known. There are theories stating that it may improve the blood supply to hair follicles. Minoxidil was used earlier to treat high blood pressure or hypertension and it was noticed to cause improvement in hairloss. It is no longer used to treat hypertension as many newer and safer drugs are available, but it has become the main drug in the treatment of Androgenetic alopecia and certain other types of hair lossHair TransplantHair transplant is surgical method of regaining your natural hair. Hair from other areas of the body or from other areas of the scalp  that are resistant to DHT are transplanted into the areas where the patient is losing hair.  newer techniques allow for large number of follicles to be transplanted in single or multiple  sessions.  hair transplant surgeons  use different techniques to cover the bald areas with your natural hair.Newer medicinesResearch is on into hairloss and many plant products have been promoted for hairloss therapy. Whether they are really effective remains to be seen. Capexil, stemoxidine and hair peptides show variable response. The amount of hair growth with most of the new medicines is very small to provide any practical benefit to the patient but it helps those who are allergic to minoxidil or find it problematic to use minoxidil. Procedures like PRP (Platelet rich plasma) are widely promoted. However it must be kept in mind that results for new medicines and procedures cannot be guaranteed. They are done for patients who are not satisfied with the growth achieved by conventional means or those who cannot use conventional medicines.There is always hope!For those of you going bald, remember that you can be treated. Androgenetic alopecia is a progressive condition and once the roots stop growing hair they undergo what we call perifollicular fibrosis. Follicles which undergo perifollicular fibrosis cannot be stimulated to grow new hair. In simple terms the more bald you get, the lesser effect medicines will have on you. Seek an opinion from a nearby qualified  dermatologist before spending time losing your hair to therapies that show no promise. The right medical therapy will show you response in as less as 3 months.

Balding in Women

Dr. Sunil Arakh
Balding in women is always secondary to underlying causes like Menarche, Menopause, Post Pregnancy , Oral Contraceptive pills, Poly cystic Ovaries, Uterine Fibroid, Thyroid etc. Means anything which interferes with Female Hormonal System. As it is clearly known that Balding is caused by Male Sex Hormone and Testosterone which defines why only Men develop bald patches and not Women. And hence when it starts up in Women too then makes us think about there must be something going wrong with female hormones. Which can be confirmed by Irregular Menstrual history, Painful menses, Weight gain, unusual thick hair growth on upper lip and chin or chest, Acne etc. Along with Hair Thinning. So if one or more of the causes are associated with Hair Thinning then we need to be more careful while dealing with such cases. Though in any case whatever hair loss ( Not hair fall which is always reversible ) has happened is not reversible. In this the hair follicle (Structure Where is hair is produced-grows-and falls ) is permanently lost and can not be generated again. We all are born with particular no of hair follicles which varies depending on many factors like genes, race, geography etc. e.g. White people have more no of follicles than Dark skinned people. When after puberty these hair follicles once destroyed by the increasing levels of DHT ( DI-Hydro-Testosterone ) They can not be regenerated. And that's why it is said that Hair once Gone is Gone. Thanks to Advance science because of which we can at least either delay or prevent further loss and even with help of Hair Transplant can get some hairs back if not all.  

Homoeopathy Treatment for Hair Loss & Balding

Dr. Seshasaina Reddy, Homeopath
What is Hair Loss?Most Threatening problems in both adults & youngsters are Hair Loss.Keratin is the protein, It is essential for the production of hair follicles within the outer part of the skin.The old cells are being moved far from the skin surface, when hair follicles produce new hair strands.Normally, people will lose about 50 - 100 hair strands in a day on an average.Each follicle undergoes a cycle, which can be affected by diseases, ageing and other factoLife Cycle of Hair FollicleAnagen: It mostly affects the children between two to six years. It attacks when hair grows actively.Catagen: It arises when hair growth stage is intermediary, & lasts up to 2 to 3 weeks.Telogen: It will occur at resting stage & lasts up to 2 to 3 months. At this stage, hair will be shed and it will be replaced by new hair strands.Causes of Hair Loss?Some of the causes of Hair Loss are:Hormonal ImbalanceMental & Physical ConditionsScalp InfectionsDandruffThyroid DisorderHereditaryVitamin DeficiencyTypes of Hair LossInvolution Alopecia: Involution Alopecia is the starting stage of hair loss. In this all the hair follicles will go to the resting stage & results as loss of hair.Androgenic Alopecia: Androgenic Alopecia is a genetic stage occurred in both men & women. In men's hair will be lose day by day and known as male pattern baldness. When women hair gets thin, then it is known as female pattern baldness.Alopecia Areata: Alopecia Areata will cause patchy hair loss & cause complete baldness. In some cases the hair will grow after a certain years.Alopecia Universalism: Alopecia Universalism will cause hair fall from over all body parts including eyelashes, eyebrows & other different areas. Vira's Homoeopathy for Hair LossAt present scenario, most easy & safe treatment is Homoeopathy. Because, it will not cause any side effects.Vira's Homoeopathic doctors starts treatment by Anglicizing the complete profile of patient & previous usage of medications.It has different type of medicines, to cure any kind of hair problem from the root cause. Homoeopathy Medicines are suitable for men, women & children.Dr. Reddy treats many cases of all types of Hair loss, In his medical professional experience with successful results. Many patients get relief after taking treatment from Dr. Reddy.  

Scalp Micropigmentation - Dr Singh's Clinic, Nashik.

Dr. Balkrishna Singh, Dermatologist
Scalp Micropigmentation is the ultimate in non-surgical male and female scalp grooming; an incredible life-changing treatment where natural pigments are applied at the epidermal level of the scalp to replicate the natural appearance of real hair follicles or strands – depending on your hair loss extent, and desired look. Our method is regarded as the best treatment of its kind available in the world today, using only natural pigments and application methods.What does it do?Scalp Micropigmentation can:Give the look of a full, youthful head of cropped hairSimulate a full-front, side and/or rear hairlineRestore hairlines on part-bald or fully bald headsCamouflage – permanently – the symptoms of all levels of alopeciaCamouflage scarring resulting from previous hair transplant surgeryHide scars, burns and birthmarksBoost the visual effect of a hair transplant.1. Scalp Micropigmentation for Crown Balding : Crown balding is one of the most common types of degenerative hair thinning and balding, usually making sufferers look older than their years and affecting self-confidence. Our treatment will rejuvenate the look of the crown, giving a completely realistic hairline and the ease of top-up treatment makes it ideal for the slowly developing crown thinning and balding process.2. Scalp Micropigmentation for Hairline Receding .3. Scalp Micropigmentation for Complete or Near Complete Hair Loss.4. Scalp Micropigmentation for Alopecia.5. Scalp Micropigmentation for Women.6. Scalp Micropigmentation for diffused hair loss. Scalp Micropigmentation is suited to all skin types and colours. Our innovative technology matches your follicle colour to provide a seamless, invisible blended match with any existing hair.For Appointment : - Dr Balkrishna Singh. Consultant Skin Hair & Scalp Aesthetics, Nashik.Call : + 91 - 9028181168

Why Are Young Men Going Bald?

Anchal Shah
Despite the development of new upcoming hair loss treatment, products, therapies- Why are so many men balding in their 20's?Premature balding is turning out to be more of a trend than rarity. And the way we live our lives has more to do with it than genes.American study says two third of men face hair loss by age of 35 in current scenario, and a bad genetic hand is often to blame. Men are progressing towards baldness as early as in their 20's and that s leap from our fathers generation that hoped to walk into their 40's with a full crop of hair. Is heredity (genes) the only reason??Though hereditary (genetic) reason is one of the major factor behind balding . But, these genes don't kick so early in life. Research says male pattern baldness due to genetic factor starts by the age of 40.In present world, there are lot many other reasons, that accelerate permanent loss of hair. Four main enemies are stress, poor nutrition, pollution and vices.First and foremost is:STRESS: Mental and physical stress levels are rising day by day n people are not able to cope up with level of stress these days. It can cause hair fall, thinning, impair growth of follicles . While genetic plays a key role in balding, a stressful lifestyle can play a havoc.But, this is in our control. Opt for stress management techniques. Indulge in morning walk, yoga, dancing etc.IMPROPER DIET: Bad diet, junk food, food faddism is responsible for thinning. This causes lack of essential nutrients in body. We are all we eat, drink, breathe- everything you do can affect you hair follicles directly or indirectly.SMOKING: Smoking causes oxygen deprivation in body n indirectly damages hair follicle . Also, nicotine hampers blood flow n retard growth of follicle.Alcohol intake also affects hair follicles. Moderate alcohol intake does not damage much but regular guzzlers are at risk. Alcohol decreases iron and zinc absorption, causes dehydration . And hair is almost water, so excessive alcohol intake will leave it brittle.LIFE STYLE: Undisciplined life, lack of sleep triggers hormonal changes in male body . These hormone cause suppression of hair follicle.CHEMICAL EXPOSURE: Use of excess hair care products, styling treatment, straightening, too much shampooing can weaken hair shaft.So, even though genetic is not in our control. The silver lining is that we can control above factors and delay balding. Understand your body, what signal body is trying to give you.Live a healthy life!

When Should You Choose Hair Transplant?

Dr. Harikiran Chekuri
Is hair transplant for you? Now, find it out yourself by getting answers to these questions. Here are a set of common questions that often confuse brains of people aspiring a hair transplant. Having proper answers to these will clear out all the doubts from your mind and help you in your decision making.Now, try and answer these questions.Have you tried other methods of hair regeneration? Have they worked for your?If you have tried different methods of hair transplant like oils, medications, creams etc but they did not work, you are surely in need of a hair transplant.The shave-off does not work for you?Most men try to face their balding phase by shaving off their head. But in most cases they face a setback. Not everybody can slip into Vin Diesel attire by shaving off their head. If your bald reflection in the mirror fails to impress, you need to opt for a hair transplant. Loosing hair too early?Balding is not restricted to age anymore. It can happen anytime. Some men, especially who have a history of early balding running in their family might lose their hair even in early their 20s. If you find yourself in similar situation, where you had a series of failed alternatives along with shaving of your head, opt for a transplant immediately.Is your hair loss hampering your career?People who are in showbiz often have to work hard on their looks. Even some corporate wants their employees to have an attractive appearance. If you too are in a career where your look does play an important role, you cannot take your hair loss with ease. You need to try out hair transplant that can help you regain your natural hair.Is your balding affecting your personal life negatively?Untimely baldness can strike a severe blow to your confidence and cast negative effects on your personal life. Bald people are often subjected to ridicule. They feel low while in the company of their spouses or girlfriends as they look aged and don’t seem to make a pretty pigeon’s pair. This calls in for a hair transplant that can boost not only your looks but your confidence as well.Have you done enough research about the process and feel that you can manage it?Internet is a great store house of resource that can give you all the information about the process. You get an idea about the probable costs, the recovery time and the expected result. If you feel that you can manage all the associated criteria, you make an ideal candidate for the process.However, to know more about hair transplant and your eligibility for the process, get in touch with a reputed and renowned hair transplant clinic around you.

Biostimulated Fue Hair Transplant

Dr. Ashit Gupta, Hair Transplant Surgeon
What is FUE Hair transplant?Follicular Unit Extraction is most widely used and the most reliable method of hair transplant being utilized for the permanent and scar-less restoration of hair. FUE is so effective surgical method that it is impossible to distinguish transplanted hair from natural hair. Results are natural and undetectable.How is FUE done?The procedure is performed in the OPD under Local Anaesthesia. Anaesthesia is given to prevent any discomfort to the patient during the procedure.FUE is the method of extraction donor hair directly from donor site in a follicular unit hair transplant procedure. An instrument is used to make small circular incisions in the skin around a follicular unit while separating it from the surrounding tissue. The follicular unit is directly extracted from the scalp leaving a small open hole.This process continues until the surgeon accumulates large number of follicular units for the planned hair restoration. For single session, this procedure can take two to three hours whereas for long session, it may be accomplished over two consecutive days. The donor scars are approximately 1mm in size which completely heals within ten days.Before the grafts are harvested, tiny “recipient sites” are made in the balding area of the scalp using a fine needle-point instrument. The follicular units are then placed into the recipient sites where they will grow into healthy hair-producing follicles. The creation of recipient sites and the placing of follicular unit grafts are essentially the same in both FUE and FUT procedures. The difference lies in the appearance of the donor area and in the quality and quantity of grafts obtained with each technique.How is the healing phase after an FUE?The donor wounds, approximately 1-mm in size, completely heal over the course of seven to ten days, leaving tiny white scars buried in the hair in the back and sides of the scalp.When does the hair begin growing?The transplanted hair generally shed within 2 to 6 weeks after the surgery as roots enter in resting phase. Within three to eight months, transplanted roots start sprouting hair. It takes ten to twelve months to have denser hair as hair continue to mature and thicken gradually. Once transplanted hair begin to grow, it will continue to do so for lifetime.What is bio-stimulated FUE?It comprises of hair transplantation by FUE along with 3 sessions of Platelet rich plasma therapy which simultaneously enhance residual hairs as well as transplanted hairs by presence of high concentration of growth factors directly near the hair roots and stimulation of STEM CELLS.In this hair follicles to be transplanted are preserved in a special solution enriched with patient's own growth factors and at the end of surgery this concentrated solution of growth factors is injected into the whole affected area.With bio-stimulation, a good proportion of transplanted hairs remain in growth phase (ANAGEN) and directly start growing after transplantation.