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Preventing Hair fall

Battle against growing baldness is a common feature today, the world over. While there are many theories to explain the cause behind this common phenomenon, solutions to override this problem are not very forthcoming. At least they were not, till a few years ago. Luckily, the scenario has changed now and there have been some breakthroughs in the recent past. The biggest breakthrough related to baldness has been in the field of medicine. New drugs and procedures now show the light.


A drug used for hypertension, Minoxidil, was found to cause excess hair growth. Since then topical solutions of this drug have been available for a few years now. The drug should be applied on the balding area twice or thrice a day. But the treatment is life long. However like all other good things, it comes with its own set of problems:


* It does not seem to be very helpful in preventing receding temples. It is best used when there is still a lot of hair left on the head.
* It can cause changes in blood pressure.

All this not withstanding, last year alone, its sale reached a staggering figure of US $150 million.


This seems to be a more useful drug than the former, although its principle use is to treat patients suffering from prostrate disease. It prevents the conversion of testosterone to DHT and definitely increases hair growth.


* It is known to cause impotence and loss of libido, due to low DHT levels. A handsome impotent? Or a balding potent? Some choice!


This is a Japanese drug based on the sebum clogging theory. It prevents hair from being choked to death by the secretions. Preliminary results indicate that it will be the most useful drug in preventing and managing baldness.


* Not yet freely available. Over the counter sale eagerly awaited all over the world.

Surgical hair restoration

A permanent solution to baldness under the following conditions:

1. Plenty of time
2. Lots of money
3. Stoic attitude to pain

This procedure uses the hair from the sides and back of the scalp (which are immune to the effects of the sex hormone) and distributes in the balding areas. Patients with hair loss limited to the frontal areas are the best candidates.

The number of transplant sessions and the placement of macro or micro plugs depend on the degree of baldness. Geoplasty or scalp reduction is used for people with bald spots less than three inches in diameter. In this method a small section of the scalp is removed and the sides of the scalp are lifted and sutured together.

So, let's do our good deed for the day. Wish all the baldpates in the world a crop full of hair.