Hair Loss Medication- Hope For Hair Loss Sufferers

by Brent Ruyle on January 31, 2011

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The right hair loss medication can definitely help prevent or stop hair loss. In some cases, hair can actually be regrown. There are 5 basic categories of hair loss medication: DHT inhibitors, growth stimulators, SODs, anti-inflammatory drugs and antiandrogens. Depending on the type of hair loss you are experiencing, you may need to use one or more of these products to see results.

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DHT inhibitors block the action of the hormone dihydrotestosterone directly or indirectly. Indirect DHT blockers usually act on the enzyme 5-alpha reductase that converts the hormone testosterone to DHT. In either case, these drugs stop the action of DHT on genetically susceptible follicles, deterring hair loss at the source. Taken orally or applied topically, this type of hair loss medication is clinically proven to work for a large percentage of sufferers. Brand names to look for are Propecia®, Revivogen® and Crinagen®. Propecia®, generic name finasteride, is an oral medication and is available by prescription only. Revivogen® and Crinagen® are topically-applied products that do not require a prescription.

Growth stimulators are another class of hair loss medication. These products treat the symptom — hair loss — without concern for the underlying cause. For example, a growth stimulator may cause a follicle that is under attack by DHT to produce hair despite the attack. Although cosmetic in nature, this type of treatment is known to be effective. Perhaps the best-known growth stimulator is sold under the brand name Rogaine®. Folligen® and Tricomin® are two other brands to consider. All 3 products are topically applied and do not require a prescription.

SODs, also known as super oxide dismutase, work to control the immune response that occurs when DHT attacks a follicle, making the follicle seem to the body to be an attacking foreign substance. SODs also have growth stimulation properties, so they are a two-in-one type of hair loss medication. SODs are sold under the brand names Proxiphen® and Proxiphen-N®. Folligen® and Tricomin® also fall into this category.

The anti-inflammatory type of hair loss medication is used to control the symptoms which accompany the immune response, such as flaking, itching, redness and swelling. Nizoral®,
T-Gel® and Betadine® are examples of non-prescription anti-inflammatories. A doctor may prescribe topical corticosteroids in medium to very high strength. Steroid injections are another possible medical treatment.

Antiandrogens work to stop DHT (once it is formed) from binding to the androgen receptor, another stage in the process that attacks the follicle and ultimately leads to hair loss. Antiandrogen drugs intervene in the attack and prevent the damage normally caused by DHT.
Hair loss medication products with antiandrogenic properties include Revivogen®, Crinagen®,
Aldactone® (spironolactone), Nizoral® and Proxiphen®. Aldactone® requires a doctor’s prescription.

Before you begin taking any kind of hair loss medication, it’s important to see your doctor first. None of the products mentioned here will help you if your hair loss is caused by a treatable medical condition like thyroid imbalance or diabetes. Only a doctor can test for these and other diseases. To avoid disappointment, over-medication and possible side effects, you should seek sound medical advice.

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Originally posted 2011-01-31 05:20:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Hair Plugs- Just Say “No”! Now You Have Options

by Brent Ruyle on January 31, 2011

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In the ongoing battle against hair loss, hair plugs were once considered a state-of-the-art solution. Implantation of hair plugs was popular in the 1980s and is a surgical procedure performed by a medical doctor. After assessing the patient’s hair loss and scalp conditions, the doctor removes sections of scalp (plugs) from areas where hair is healthy and dense, often the from the scalp on the back of the head. A plug can contain as many as 25 hairs and have the diameter of a pencil eraser. Once transplanted to a bald or balding area, the plug continues to grow normally, in effect restoring lost hair to the transplant area.

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The problem with hair plugs is their size. With this relatively large diameter, even if skillfully placed, they can tend to look bristly, bushy or clumpy. This is especially noticeable at the hairline. In the worst case, the plugs will give the hairline a checkerboard appearance, decidedly unnatural. Fortunately, the procedure has evolved. Modern transplant techniques now deliver a completely natural look.

Even if you’re nearly completely bald, you know that the hair on the lower back of your scalp continues to grow. In this case, the hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone) which attacks and eventually stops hair growth in individual follicles may cause your baldness. But there are always healthy hairs (and follicles) that resist the attack. The transplant method is now called hair grafts rather than hair plugs. Still a surgical procedure, each individual hair graft section can consist of as few as 2 hairs. Once the hair (and follicle) is “harvested” from the area on the lower back of the scalp, it can be relocated anywhere on the top, crown or hairline. Because the surgeon can work with smaller numbers of hairs in each graft, a natural-looking hairline is easier to achieve.

Unlike hair plugs, hair grafts allow the artistic and strategic placement of hair in thin or bald areas in a way that compliments the patient’s age and face. The results are remarkable. But hair grafts have their drawbacks, too. Usually, there isn’t enough hair on the sides and lower back of the patient’s scalp to do a complete restoration of hair on the top of the head. Only a certain amount of hair can be removed before the donor area starts looking thin.

What if there was a way to produce more hair without utilizing the follicle, without hair plugs or hair grafts? Researchers are experimenting with removing single hair cells from the follicle and replicating them under laboratory conditions. The result is completely new cells that did not exist before. These new cells eventually regenerate into new follicles, in effect creating new hair. So cells taken from a healthy, hormone-resistant follicle can be triggered to produce a completely new follicle that will grow a hair. Once this process is perfected, there will be no limit on the number of hairs that can be produced — all of which will be resistant to subsequent hair loss.

Hair plugs have evolved into hair grafts. There’s no doubt that hair grafts will develop into some other process. But much more is on the horizon. The exciting possibility of creating entirely new hair should be a cause for hope for every person who is experiencing hair loss.

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Originally posted 2011-01-31 05:20:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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