4 breakthroughs in the Hair Loss/Restoration world worth your attention
The physical effect of hair loss (alopecia) can be traumatic, but its psychological and sociological impacts can be utterly devastating to a patient. Nevertheless, scientists have been working hard to come up with effective medications and procedures to prevent and also treat alopecia. For quite a long time, doctors have been prescribing Minoxidil and finasteride to stop alopecia or trigger hair regrowth. But hair loss treatment has seen significant developments over the past few years, thanks to technological advancements. That said, let’s explore some of the breakthroughs that have or are set to change the alopecia world for the better.
- PRP therapy
The fact that doctors can utilize your plasma to restore hair is quite unbelievable. But this is no more a theory or a hypothesis; it’s already happening in the name of PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy. PRP therapy aims at harnessing the power of platelets to help the body recover from injuries. The procedure involves collecting a sample of your blood and running it in a centrifuge to separate red blood cells, platelets-rich plasma and platelet-poor plasma. The health care provider puts PRP in a syringe or a roller device consisting of thousands of micro needles to form channels for entry of the fluid into your scalp.
The high concentration of platelets in the plasma increases hair count and thickness besides stimulating hair growth by prolonging the growing phase of the hair cycle. The treatment takes about three sessions spread over 4-6 months and follow-up sessions after every 4-5 months for close to two years.
Microneedling is another breakthrough in hair restoration. Many people always confuse micro needling with PRP therapy due to some similarities, but the procedures are quite different. In micro needling, a dermaroller containing several microneedles is rolled on the treatment area. Consequently, the needles puncture your scalp to create micro injuries. The healing process of the injuries then stimulates the production of collagen and fibers that strengthen your hair follicles. Nonetheless, you may purchase a dermaroller to administer DIY micro needling at home. This helps to offset the cost and time commitments associated with obtaining hair loss treatment at a health care center.
- Use Of Laser Technology
The Food and Drugs Administration Agency (FDA) recently approved the application of low-level laser in the control of genetically related alopecia and it has shown significant results in increasing the hair density. Hair loss laser therapy also helps to counter future hair loss. The laser therapy device injects low-level laser energy into the base of your hair follicles to trigger stem cells that help in hair restoration. Additionally, the device doesn’t emit radiations.
- The Miracle Of Sandalwood
Though in its early stages, the use of sandalwood oil to alleviate alopecia is set to revolutionize the hair loss world. German scientists, using lab tests on scalp tissues, have found that sandalwood oil stimulates hair growth within just six days. It is thought that hair follicles contain receptors that respond to the aromatic smell of sandalwood and subsequently triggering the main hair protein, keratin, to multiply.
Since the early 1990s, the FDA has approved several hair loss treatment medications such as finasteride and Minoxidil. Additionally, the much expensive hair grafting treatment has also been around for a while. Nevertheless, the hair restoration world has seen breakthroughs in the past few years, which come with improved efficiency and fewer, less adverse side effects. Some of the developments worth the attention are laser therapy, PRP therapy, micro needling, and the use of sandalwood oil.