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How to Treat Female Hair Loss?

Female hair loss can occur for various reasons; this includes genetics, changing hormone levels, or part of the natural ageing process.

There are many hair loss treatment choices for females, like topical medications, such as Rogaine. Other options involve hormone therapy, light therapy, or in few cases, a hair transplant procedure.

Having a nutritious diet and a healthy lifestyle can help keep hair healthy.

Here are some ways that you can treat your hair loss problems:

Minoxidil

Minoxidil stimulates hair growth and can raise their growth cycle. It causes hairs to thicken and decreases the display of patchiness or a widening hair parting.

You might consider going for a stronger solution, but this is not necessary. Research showed that 2% minoxidil was beneficial for females with androgenetic alopecia, or pattern baldness.

If minoxidil is assisting your hair growth, then you should continue using it. If you stop using minoxidil, your hairs that relied on the drug to grow will begin falling out again within six months.

Minoxidil side effects are not common and mostly mild. Females may have an allergic reaction or an irritation to the product’s ingredients, like alcohol or propylene glycol. Trying different brands or switching formulas may alleviate symptoms.

Light therapy

Only low-level light therapy may not be enough for hair loss, but it can amplify the effects of other hair loss treatments, such as minoxidil.

Research showed that adding low light therapy to minoxidil treatment for androgenetic alopecia helped improve the hairs’ recovery.

Ketoconazole

The drug ketoconazole can help treat hair loss in a few cases, including androgenetic alopecia.

One review noted that topical ketoconazole might help decrease inflammation and refine the hair’s look and strength.

Ketoconazole is accessible as a shampoo. However, if you want a stronger concentration, it would be best to get a doctor’s prescription.

Corticosteroids

Corticosteroid injections can work on females. However, it is best to use this treatment when it is necessary, like in alopecia areata. Your hair falls out in random patches when you have alopecia areata. Injecting corticosteroids right into your hairless patch can promote new hair growth. Still, this may not stop other hairs from falling out.

Platelet-rich plasma

Early evidence indicates that platelet-rich plasma injections may decrease hair loss. A doctor draws your blood, separates the platelet-rich plasma from your blood, and injects it back into your scalp at the affected areas.

This can help tissue repair swiftly. Many studies indicate that this therapy decreases hair loss, raises hair density, and raises each hair’s diameter.

Hormone therapy

Hormone imbalances because of menopause can cause hair loss; doctors can recommend hormone therapy to correct them. Also, birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy for either estrogen or progesterone are possible treatments for hair loss. Other possibilities consist of antiandrogen medications, like spironolactone.

Antiandrogens can prevent androgens production and stop hair loss. These medications have side effects. Always talk to your doctor about what you can expect and whether antiandrogens are right for you.

Use hair loss shampoos

Some minor hair loss may happen due to clogged pores on the scalp. You can use medicated shampoos designed to clear the pores from dead skin cells and promote healthy hair. So, this can help clear minor signs of hair loss.

Eat a nutritious diet

Having a healthy diet can support normal hair growth. A healthy diet has a variety of foods, like different vegetables and fruits. They can give essential nutrients and compounds that keep your skin and hair healthy.

Hair transplant

In a few cases where you may not respond adequately to treatments, your doctors may recommend hair transplantation. This involves extracting your hair follicles and implanting them in bald areas to improve the hair in the area naturally. A hair transplant is an expensive treatment, so consult your hair transplant doctor before opting for one.

Hair loss in females may have many causes. The common one is androgenetic alopecia. If your doctor suspects there is another cause or you do not respond well enough to OTC treatments, they will look for other treatment options.

 

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How will COVID-19 affect Hair Transplant?

Many clinics have started operating after a long time due to the COVID-19 crisis since March 20, 2020. Now that many skins, cosmetic and hair clinics have opened, let us see what precautions hair transplant clinics are taking during Covid-19.

As per government guidelines, clinics had stopped all hair transplant procedures during the lockdown period as elective surgeries all over the world had been stopped in this period. Now since the government has allowed elective surgical procedure, clinics have also started doing hair transplant procedures.

Hair transplant is a very time-consuming procedure and requires your patience as well as of the surgical team. Each step in a hair transplant surgery is performed very meticulously, whether it is slit making, graft extraction, graft preservation, or even implantation. These things have to be done with exceptional care during Corona era.

The safety of the patient and staff should be of paramount importance at any clinic. So, clinics have decided on unique protocols for performing hair transplant surgery during COVID-19.

To avoid any transmission of COVID -19 from you to surgical staff or surgical staff to you. Clinics have set special protocols and precautions to follow during a hair transplant surgery:

  • Thorough fumigation of operation theatre and lobby.
  • There are HEPA filters in the operation theatre to filter out the air in the operation theatre, which keeps the air clean throughout the procedure.
  • Before you get selected for the hair transplant procedure, your clinic will properly enquire about any COVID-19 symptoms. If you have any history of foreign travel, or travel to the containment zones in the last 1-month period also if you have any account of contact with a COVID positive patient.
  • After you go through all investigations, your doctor will ask for your fitness certificate.
  • Once you reach the OT with a full stomach, you will do through a screening by taking your body temperature.
  • Your doctor will check your oxygen saturation as the saturation drops are positive in corona cases. Your blood pressure is also measured.
  • You might have to fill an undertaking that you do not have any COVID – 19 symptoms and you have no travel or contact history.
  • You will then change into the sterile OT dress and wear a surgical mask throughout the procedure.
  • Your temperature, oxygen saturation, and blood pressure are recorded throughout the procedure.
  • Your hair transplant surgeon might ask you to do betadine gargle after every 2 hours to keep your mouth and throat clean.

Most clinics also follow strict staff protocol for hair transplant surgery during COVID-19:

  1. When the surgeon and whole surgical OT staff is screened for COVID – 19 symptoms, only then they are allowed to work in Hair Transplant operation theatre.
  2. Even surgeons and surgical OT staff screening are done by taking their body temperature.
  3. The whole surgical team is in full PPE gear throughout the procedure, which includes surgical gown, N 95 mask with a triple-layer mask, surgical masks with face shield & double gloves.

Clinics might not allow you to bring your friends, acquaintances along as they have limited/eliminated the number of guests to their facility to maintain the COVID-19 protocol.

With all these precautions, clinics want to make sure that you get the best possible care during the entire procedure.

Clinics are thoroughly following the in-depth information shared by medical associations and coping well to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Many clinics are also planning on implementing these protocols in the future as well. They do not want to take any chance with the safety and health of their customers and staff.

Along with these precautions, hair transplant clinics are also trying their best to give you the results you desire from your hair transplant surgery. So, if you are planning to get a hair transplant procedure, remember to follow all the guidelines of the clinics. You can keep yourself and everyone around you safe.

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