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Baldness Myths – Baldness Only Effects Older Men

Baldness Only Effects Older Men

Most people think that baldness only affects older men, but this is untrue, it can effect any male and pretty much any age.

Jul 29 2014

A brief look at current hair transplant techniques

Since the beginning of the start of hair transplantation as the main technique to reduce alopecia, a series of methods for this treatment have been developed, which are applied based on various criteria, in line with the needs of the patient and the judgement of the specialists. Therefore, it is advisable to take a brief look at the current hair transplant techniques.

Before the patient picks the certain treatment, it is always important that they know what the treatment involves and what other possibilities they have in order to resolve the problem of baldness. In the case that they decide on follicular unit transplantation, it is advisable that they check which techniques currently implement this treatment, with the goal of picking the option that best fits their needs.

Follicular unit transplantation (FUT)

hair transplant techniquesThe growth and distribution of our scalp hair works in the following manner: each hair strand grows from a pore located on the scalp. This pore is called the hair follicle or follicular unit and can hold up approximately one to four strands of hair, depending on each person and on the scalp activity that the person has.

In this respect, follicular unit transplantation consists of extracting each follicular unit (with its group of hair strands) on a certain area of the head – called the donor site – to insert it into another area of the scalp – called the receptor site-. In order to do this, a lot of precision and patience is required, as well as the help of a microscope.

This technique has become established as the most modern technique applied by specialists in order to control alopecia. It implies a surgical intervention and the result is generally very natural and aesthetic as the process is meticulous.

The FUT technique is the general method, but, in turn, it is divided into two basic typologies, based on the needs of the patient and the criterion of the surgeon. So, we see the FUSS technique and the FUE technique.

The FUSS Technique

The abbreviation stands for the name Follicular Unit Strip Surgery. It involves extracting a slice of scalp hair from the donor site (generally in the nape area) and then separating the follicular units. This extraction implies a small wound due to the suture, but this is imperceptible unless the person has the head completely shaven.

It is calculated that between 1500 and 4000 follicular units are transplanted using this technique. After extracting and separating the follicular units, we proceed to implanting them on the receptor site. This job requires a lot of caution on the part of the surgeon and if the results are favourable, no difference should be noted between natural scalp hair and the grafted hair, considering that the incisions are very small and that they heal in a short time.

The FUE Technique

hair transplant techniquesThe name stands for Follicular Unit Extraction, and it requires a more complex surgery as the doctor does not make any cuts on the scalp, but directly extracts each follicular unit, with a specific tool for this task.

The advantage of this method is that the wounds are practically imperceptible after the process even if the patient shaves the area. Moreover, as it stimulates the growth of hair on areas close to the transplant, no differentiation can be made between natural scalp hair and the grafted hair.

Although it can be considered as a more efficient technique than the previous one, it proves to be a bit more costly, and it also requires various sessions as they can only implant some 2000 follicular units in each session. Similarly, the procedure is much slower and laborious.

Learn to choose

If you do not manage to choose a suitable method for yourself despite this explanation, it is advisable that you personally see two patients that have been treated with both methods. This way, you will be able to make comparisons as to which one has a more natural result and which advantages and disadvantages are experienced in each process, etc.

Additionally, the centres where these techniques are applied should show you photos of their patients. Similarly, you should enquire into how many sessions you would need depending on the degree of alopecia that you have. The ideal is to resolve the problem in just a single session. However, you should check the density of your scalp hair as you could be unsatisfied.

On the other hand, enquire into how many hair strands will be implanted in each follicular unit (take into account that there should be between one and four, in some cases). As for the distance, it should be no more than a millimetre to get a natural look. If any of these aspects fails, start searching for another surgeon.

Jul 25 2014

Do Scalp Massages avoid the loss of scalp hair?

Recently, many expectations have emerged regarding the usefulness of scalp massages to avoid the loss of scalp hair. Therefore, we will explain in which way this treatment takes part in the process of alopecia prevention or elimination.

Loss Of Scalp HairMassages in general have a fundamental benefit for people: creating a sense of relief, relaxation and well-being. However, with regard to the specific case of scalp massages, an idea emerged that these massages could have an influence in the improvement of scalp activity and that this way they could reduce alopecia.

This is wrong. No relationship has been recorded from the scientific point of view between the quantity of scalp massages that a person receives and the decrease of hair loss or improvement in scalp activity.

Although the existence of some particular case where an improvement in the scalp has been observed thanks to scalp massages is not denied, no specialist or laboratory has officially checked this fact.

Why scalp massages?

The assumption which the theory of scalp massages and their possible positive effect on patients with hair loss are based on indicates that a greater stimulation on the scalp leads to more blood supply, which is why the hair follicles get activated and start producing scalp hair.

However, this idea is wrong and can easily be checked by going through the method of implants, considering that scalp implants would not function and would fall easily if the areas of little activity on the scalp could be activated with massages and could produce blood supply. Precisely, the key factor for the implants to stay grafted that much time is that the area where they are inserted does not have a high level of blood flow.

Don’t use A massage cap

Although the usefulness of massage caps for scalp massages has been denied, some people take their chances to buy the massage cap, which generates a number of stimuli on the scalp, which, according to the TV commercials, helps the patient to stop hair loss.

Nothing could be further from the truth because of the reasons we explained above. So, you should lose no money in these devices and less so in a professional massage therapist. That much is clear if you would like to stop hair loss, but if you would only like to relax, you can choose to get the service whenever you want.

Natural recuperation

In many occasions, hair loss stops and a natural recuperation takes place. Perhaps some of these patients attribute their recovery to a fictitious treatment like the ones mentioned above, when it is really the same organism that manages to stabilise its hormone production and finally the hair follicles once again start their hair production phase.

If you would like to receive a scalp massage, the technique to do it is very simple: you only need to stimulate the area with your fingertips, with circular movements, making sure to go from the lower part to the upper part. Although this won’t improve hair growth, it will provide a nice sensation.

 

Jul 24 2014

Hair cloning: the future in the fight against hair loss

Numerous methods and medications which promise a final solution against hair loss, but very few actually fulfil this promise. Therefore, specialists in the field are responsible for developing techniques and the results show real changes in real patients, as in the case of hair cloning. Discover what this treatment is.

The arrival on the market of any product to combat alopecia for patients represents a new kind of hope that they might not have had before. While companies offer ineffective solutions to stop baldness, users waste money when purchasing these products low results.

In this respect, before reviewing the basics of hair cloning as a method to combat alopecia, it is important to remind patients to be more cautious when opting for a certain technique or medicine against baldness, and should conduct a thorough investigation into the real possibilities to solve the problem.

Control Anxiety

Many patients experience high levels of anxiety about finding a solution to the problem of baldness. For this reason, investigating a product or method in which they invest their money is important. So, you should not settle for fast fixes, or on the basic data of the treatment, but also identify other patients who have had results, look for other options, etc.

Hair Cloning

Hair cloning is one of the methods that are developed throughout the world as an alternative to combat alopecia. Although treatment is not yet offered as a service in specialised clinics, is expected to soon be available for doctors to carry out, and is emerging as one of the most effective methods in combating baldness.

Hair CloningThis method is based on the principle of human cloning. The procedure involves removing hair cells that retain their functioning ability, so as to initiate the reproductive cycle. This method would currently allow you to extract approximately one hundred hair strands.

With this test process, the reproduction of hair cells was performed in a laboratory. Thereafter, these were re-grafted to the scalp areas where there were signs of baldness.
The main difference of this method against alopecia with respect to others is the regenerative capacity of hair cells, which, when grafted to the scalp, stimulate hair follicles to generate new and better hair.

Also with this method, the patient has the possibility to freeze their hair cells to be regenerated in the future, if the alopecia persists. The advantage is that the hair strands drawn from capillary areas with no predisposition for baldness, the result of these grafts is guaranteed.

In the process of Experimentation

Although we can make approximations on treatment outcomes, supporting evidence is still being developed to demonstrate its effectiveness in humans. Hence still not officially a method as an alternative treatment to combat alopecia.

It is important to clarify that because some companies can take advantage of this medical breakthrough when not yet officially applied in patients suffering from baldness.

Also, it is not to be confused with hair cloning hair grafts and micro-grafts, and the procedures for the latter two methods do not allow cloning of the strands of hair, but hair removal in certain areas of the head and subsequent insertion in the zone with baldness.

Certainly, it is clear that these techniques are useful, but their methods are different from hair cloning. In any case, the patient of the future will have many more opportunities to combat alopecia.

Jul 22 2014

Is it safe to add contraceptives to shampoo?

Is it safe to add contraceptives to shampoo? The desire to find a permanent solution to hair loss can lead to unreliable solutions. Patients tend to try to find alternatives that can end up worsening your condition and also represent a waste of money. One such initiative is the use of contraceptives to shampoo you use regularly. Then the question: Is it safe to add contraceptives to shampoo is answered here.

Once a person notices hair loss excessively, go to the nearest sources of information, including forums and chats are on the web, where the initiative has become one of the most recommended home remedies. However, it is prudent to consult a specialist who can actually deliver appropriate treatment considering the biological condition of the patient.

In addition to this home remedy, discussing alternatives such as apple cider vinegar, coconut milk, rinse carrots, etc.. Although the use of some of these natural products are not denied supplement to stop hair loss, many people make incorrect combinations of these products and can end up abusing your scalp.

Not recommended by specialists

While some people say they have used this home remedy and obtained great results, such as decreased hair loss while this becomes more bulky and strong, others explain that observed no change after adding birth control pills to shampoo.

In any case, doctors and specialists in hair treatments for hair loss has not made an official recommendation on this method. The premise of this treatment indicates that the high amount of these pills that contain oestrogen can stop hair loss. However, dermatologists explain that has not been scientifically proven penetration of oestrogen in the human body through the skin.

Although the effect of oestrogen on androgen itself is known by doctors, is in doubt that it can really penetrate the scalp managed in this way, because it applies to, not internal topical level.

So to remedy that this can actually have a probable effect, it would dilute the pills in a water-alcohol solution and apply it beyond the superficial layers of the skin. The latter has side effects for the patient, as has been shown with drugs such as Finasteride and Dutasteride.

Prevent damaging consequences

Although this treatment has no direct impact, because oestrogen never really transcends the layers of skin, it is best to not choose this remedy for hair loss and select a professional and with greater assurance of effective method.

The option explained above, which consists in applying the alcohol solution with oestrogen, may provide some improvements, but has side effects that could not be controlled with other drugs; therefore, this initiative is not recommended. In conclusion, never hurts the advice of a specialist, if the person still wishes to test and implement contraceptives to shampoo everyday.

To find out about hair restoration techniques that can work for you, contact Vinci Hair Clinic today.

Jul 19 2014

Do you know the hormones that affect hair loss?

Hormones that effect Hair LossHormones are very important for the proper functioning of the organs and systems of the human body, as they regulate the functions and balance in the body. In fact, baldness problems are due mostly to an alteration or a hormonal imbalance; therefore, we invite you to see what effects there are with hormones that affect hair loss.

Hormonal activity is controlled by the glands that make up the endocrine system. The human body has a wide variety of hormones, but two of them directly affect hair loss and other hair problems: oestrogen and testosterone.

Besides this function, both hormones also regulate aspects of sex, as they help to maintain the balance that the body needs to function properly. Thus, hormones play a regulatory role in all body systems for better interaction between cells in it.

Testosterone and androgenic alopecia

Testosterone is known as the male hormone, but is also present in women. Its main influence on the human body is in the development of the reproductive systems, but in terms of hair loss, experts believe that plays a key role, and is also directly responsible for androgenic alopecia.

To the extent that men produce more testosterone, experience higher levels of hair loss. This process is performed because testosterone is converted to DHT (dihydrotestosterone), a derivative that binds to the hair follicles and reducing the operation ends up to halting hair production.

As the hair follicles of the scalp receive more of dihydrotestosterone, hair begins to weaken and lose quality and volume to cause high levels of alopecia.

However, this is not the only hormonal disorder that causes hair loss, since oestrogen and thyroid also can directly influence hair loss due to hormonal unevenness, as we shall see.

Hormonal changes in women

For women, hormonal activity also affects hair loss. For example, in their life cycle, women experience hormonal changes during stages such as pregnancy, childbirth, perimenopause and menopause. In this respect, these variations of hormones can cause hair loss.

However, because these processes are temporary and occur at specific stages of the life of a woman, there are more chances of stopping hair loss. For example, during pregnancy, the hormone level increases, causing the loss of hair. Months after the woman has given birth, the levels begin to regulate, and the activity in the hair follicles stabilises.

The same happens with the thyroid hormone. Some women experience high levels of hair loss due to an increased amount of production of this hormone, which produces a substance that decreases the activity of the hair follicles; however, once regulated, the hair begins to grow back normally.

On the other hand, exposure of women to drugs, therapies and treatments, contraceptives, all are a direct cause of alopecia because these procedures alter the normal functioning of hormones. However, hair loss is temporary and stabilizes once the drugs have been suspended.

Solutions

Unlike other causes of alopecia, hormonal causes generally have solutions that happen naturally, once hormones finish their cycles.

For men suffering from androgenic alopecia, there are medications designed to curb the negative effect of hormones on the scalp. Meanwhile, women notice hair growth months after pregnancy or menopause.

However, it is recommended to consult a specialist if the hair loss continues after the reasonable period of time for the hormonal activity in the body, so look for other alternatives to stop the alopecia is regulated.

can be seen in children, youth and adults. Hair loss occurs in localized areas.

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Jul 17 2014

Do You Know What Types Of Alopecia There Are?

Types Of Alopecia There AreThe first step you must take to start a treatment this kind of hair loss is knowing what types of alopecia there are, and how this can make people suffer baldness. Therefore, we present the most common ways in which this disease occurs, so choose an appropriate medical treatment to their characteristics.

How it works on the scalp

The scalp has between 100 and 150 thousand hairs whose life cycle is between two and three years. Generally, the 10% of hair is in the resting state, the remaining 90% is in constant growth. However, some of this hair shedding will root, to promote new hair growth naturally. It is estimated that humans can mutate about 100 strands of hair per day. When loss occurs we in larger quantities, we have a condition called alopecia.

Alopecia Evolution

This type of alopecia is essentially natural and manifests itself mainly with aging. Its main feature is the slowing of hair growth, which causes hair follicles to enter the resting phase known as telogen phase. The hair quality decreases, and this becomes weak and less bulky.

Telogen Effluvium

Consists of hair loss due to a specific event that creates stress. One of the most common types of alopecia, as it involves an important experience in our daily life such as childbirth, serious illness, stress, fever or weight loss episode. Baldness manifests a large scale, because many hair follicles go into the telogen phase.

Androgenic Alopecia

It is a most common type of alopecia in men, as it manifests with progressive reduction in the first line of hair. Androgenic alopecia can occur from twenty years old and up. Its causes are hereditary genetic traits, and is characterized by decreasing blood flow to the scalp, weakening hair follicles, which will produce a weaker, thin, short hair. It can also affect women.

Alopecia Areata

It is one of the types of baldness that affects people of any age and is manifested mainly by hair loss in patches, that is, in specific areas of the scalp. This loss occurs for various reasons, and hair tends to recur over a period ranging from six months to a year. However, while the hair is regenerated in some areas, tends to disappear in others.
Similarly, the disappearance of the hair is not necessarily obvious, but manifests itself with weaker strands and hair shorter than the rest. Although it has been considered an autoimmune form of baldness (because the body regenerates the hair under their own devices), you should seek medical treatment to stop it.

Tinea Capitis

Is a fungal infection of the scalp. It can affect children, youth and adults, and is manifested in the form of black dots forming a spot on a certain area of the scalp, causing hair loss. It is a contagious disease that is spread by sharing combs and hats. Symptoms such as redness, swelling, fever and itching may also occur. The hair grows back once the disease disappears.

Traction Alopecia

It is a type of alopecia characterized by pressure on the scalp, produced during chemical hair treatments or performance of hairstyles and haircuts. The loss occurs in a localized manner, depending on the amount of pressure receiving hair.

Trichotillomania

It is a psychological disorder in which the same person is twisting or pulling your hair. It can be seen in children, youth and adults. Hair loss occurs in localized areas.

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Jul 13 2014

Is it possible to regain hair with non surgical treatments?

Is it possible to regain hair with non surgical treatments? Although the number of treatments for alopecia increases progressively in the medical and pharmaceutical industries, most of these remain very expensive and inaccessible for people in general. However, these are not the only options for combating baldness, so here we discuss the possible alternative and better results, the use of stem cells to regain hair with non surgical treatments.

Stem cell treatment

One of the newest treatments for alopecia involves the use of stem cells. Generally, these are used in other areas of health, but this has been overlooked in its usefulness to combat baldness.

The stem cell treatment involves removing fat from one part of the patient’s body through a kind of mini liposuccion. This fat is processed by using a centrifuge, with the aim of separating the cells to obtain the stem cells only. If necessary, these cells must be multiplied. Activation occurs by applying a chemical, then we obtain the stem cells and injected to the scalp in the area featuring baldness, allowing you to see results between two and four weeks after applying the treatment.

The treatment works because the hair follicles contain stem cells, but when they die, it is very difficult to reactivate spontaneously. So injecting new cells to the scalp, which gives a direct molecular signal to the follicle so it regenerates the growth process of new hairs.
The main advantage of this method over other treatments for alopecia is that it is a natural process, the results are maintained over time.

Anagrow treatment

It is another alternative which recently emerge from the pharmaceutical market, led by Richfeel and his team of researchers who developed methods for hair regrowth using as main base the use of stem cells. As explained, the objective is to develop a technology to reduce the aging process by the application of stem cells in the dermis and epidermis.

RF Anagrow: In this sense, to combat baldness extract a product called Max Rejuva PCT, which is inserted into the hair follicles. In addition to stem cells taken from the human body, cells will multiply, as they help to reduce the signs of hair loss.

Other non-surgical methods

For those looking for methods other than those mentioned so far, there are other non-surgical procedures, such as frames and strand by strand grafts. Although involving different techniques, these methods operate on a basic principle: human hair weaving through a membrane applied to the scalp to achieve a natural look.

In these cases, the type of membrane and hair that match the patient is selected, taking into account the color and type of hair and other features. Thus, a fluid-resistant adhesive is used to attach the membrane to the scalp.

Cost

Certainly, the price of these treatments is lower than other surgical procedures. However, they require constant maintenance to get the desired results, so the patient must attend a certain number of sessions.

Likewise, if the person chooses human hair grafts should know that these are more expensive than synthetic hair grafts. Hence a natural look involves a significant monetary investment. It is also recommended to seek advice before choosing one method or another, and the doctor and the clinic that will perform the process.

Jul 11 2014

5 ways to combat alopecia after chemotherapy

5 ways to combat alopecia after chemotherapy Hair loss associated with cancer treatments is one of the most difficult aspects to those faced by people suffering from the disease. However, this is only a temporary state, because the cells begin to regenerate after treatment is completed. Discover some of the medicinal alternatives for hair re-sprout.

Although chemotherapeutic treatments are effective in removing from the body the cancer cells, it also kills harmless cells, among which are responsible for promoting hair growth. Hence, it is natural for a hair loss to occur during chemotherapy.

However, depending on the dose prescribed by your doctor, duration and type of drug selected to perform chemotherapy, there are several options to stimulate hair growth again when you have alopecia after chemotherapy.

Ice sheets on the scalp

This is a preventive treatment for hair loss during chemotherapy. A cold substance is placed on the scalp before the chemotherapy treatment to prevent the effect of drugs in this area, because the cold reduces blood flow. The product is applied between forty and fifty minutes before the start of chemotherapy.

Hair Substitution

Is to replace the hair directly. This treatment for alopecia is desirable when the effect of chemotherapy has been very potent. This is a high quality wig made ​​with human hair, which is tied to the mesh giving an effect of naturalness. This mesh is structured according to the dimensions of the head and taking into account the patient’s skin tone.

Hair transplantation

Such treatment is recommended when alopecia hair loss occurred by patches, ie, was not total. It is also convenient to implement when the hair is weakened too much and the new hair growth is believed impossible. There are two types of this transplantation: the FUT method, which involves removing a strip of hair from the donor area for further dissection and transplant the recipient area, and the FUE method, which works with individual hair grafts.
minoxidil
If hair loss was not as severe, this treatment for alopecia may serve to stimulate the regeneration of hair follicles and get new and stronger hair. The advantage of this product is that it can be used by men and women. Its action is more evident at the crown than in the lateral areas. Should be given strictly on the scalp, as it can generate the appearance of hair in unwanted areas. Also, its application should be phased gradually to avoid sudden hair loss.
Finasteride
This product, in the form of a pill, is responsible for blocking the action of natural hormones that prevent hair growth. It is a treatment for alopecia in low intensity, so it can be reinforced by other measures, such as avoiding the use of chemicals on the scalp, smooth action shampoos, brushes with soft bristles, among others.
Baldness caused by chemotherapy represents a determinant factor in the lives of patients because it directly affects their appearance from the aesthetic point of view. Hence hair recovery help improve the mood of those affected, to go to any of these alternatives.

Jul 10 2014

Discover how PRP could be useful to fight baldness

Among the different techniques and treatments to reduce the lethal effects of baldness, platelet rich plasma (PRP) has become one of the most sought after options for patients, because of the highly favourable results it provides. Therefore, we invite you to discover how PRP could be useful to fight baldness.

Discover how PRP could be useful to fight baldness

Currently, scientific advances have found alternatives to stimulate hair growth, some of which are more expensive than others. The most recent and probably the most exciting treatment which is provided by hair loss specialists is PRP the technique.

What is PRP?

The platelet rich plasma is a technique designed for natural regeneration of body cells. The secret to this method is that the raw material comes from the same organism, ie, does not require external chemicals to operate on the human body. The technique is based around obtaining a small blood sample, which is processed in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells and white blood cells, and obtain the plasma. This is then inserted into the body, but in a different area where the hair loss is occuring. Thus, a natural regeneration of the cells will occur and therefore healing any affected area.

In the case of baldness, the plasma is injected into the patient’s scalp, as a way to reactivate dead cells and stimulate hair growth in the affected area. This procedure is performed in a very safe manner: first the patient’s blood is removed, and then proceeds to inject using an anesthetic cream to eliminateany sort of pain. Therefore, it is a safe procedure without side effects.

Who can use it?

The treatment is directed to all patients suffering from alopecia, especially those men and women who are in an advanced state of baldness due to genetic causes. This explains why it has become one of the most sought alternatives for patients affected by hair loss.

Duration of treatment

The technique of PRP is structured into at least eight sessions, which will be applied to the patient every two weeks. Thus, a treatment of platelet rich plasma for a period of approximately four months.

What results are expected?

PRP has proven results, which usually indicate an increase in hair growth and hair tissue regeneration. So the patient gets new, stronger hair. However, it is not recommended for people suffering from alopecia totalis.

Other aesthetic uses

The platelet rich plasma treatment has various uses in the cosmetic industry. Besides contributing to hair growth, it is used for rejuvenation of the face, as it reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, promotes the building of collagen in the skin and improves scars caused by acne.

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