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Celebrate National Hair Loss Awareness This Month

August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month. Don’t you owe it to yourself to face the issue “head on” once and for all? If you are like the millions of men and women who suffer from hair loss, it can be a difficult issue for you to discuss. Hair loss could be your body’s way of telling you there is a larger issue or illness you should address. Once you have been evaluated by a physician and concluded you indeed have hair loss that is not associated with a temporary condition such as pregnancy, stress, diet, or hormones, you have several options for restoring your hair, slowing the rate of hair loss or camouflaging your hair loss. Many individuals accept and embrace their new appearance or temporarily try to disguise their hair loss. However, depending on the severity or type of hair loss and your lifestyle, there are many medical and non-medical treatments and solutions that may be right for you.

Dr. Zoe Draelos, a Trustee of the Hair Foundation, discusses myths about hair loss at http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/27956.php

Non-Surgical Hair Loss Treatment: As long as people have been concerned about hair loss, there have been products that claim to stop or cure it. Until scientific research discovered the cause of androgenic alopecia (hair loss), medical treatments for hair loss were hit-or-miss. Many people, who suffer from hair loss, first try laser hair therapy, hair systems or wigs, spray on hair, thickeners or powders that effectively camouflage thinning hair or stimulate hair growth.

Today there are products on the market that claim to reverse hair loss, but only two medications have FDA-recognized effectiveness – minoxidil and finasteride.

There are also, surgical treatments for hair loss. All four of the surgical treatments for hair loss involve moving active, hair producing follicles from one site on the scalp to another. Moving hair from an area where hair is more plentiful and less likely to be lost to areas where hair is thinning or missing. While all of these surgical treatments have shown proven success, achieving natural-appearing results has made Transplantation the most widely used surgical procedure for diminishing the appearance (or is the treatment of the condition of hair loss) of hair loss.

Hair Transplant: Gone are the days of the “plugs.” Hair transplantation today achieves a natural look and is made possible by better understanding of the scalp and hair biology, refined surgical techniques and ever-improving surgical instruments.

Scalp Reduction: Scalp (Alopecia) reduction surgically removes bald scalp skin in areas of hair loss and pulls adjoining hair-bearing scalp skin together to eliminate the bald spot.

Scalp Expansion: Scalp expansion is a modification of alopecia reduction. A balloon-type device is placed under the scalp and slowly inflated and expanded over a period of several weeks to create a “dome” or “bubble” of stretched scalp skin. A series of surgical procedures reduces the area of hair loss by alopecia reduction surgery, removes the scalp expansion device, and completes closure of hair-bearing scalp to achieve complete alopecia reduction.

Scalp Flap Transfer: Flap procedures are used in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. In the treatment of hair loss, a flap of hair-bearing scalp tissue is surgically raised from underlying tissue and transferred to a prepared scalp site with hair loss.

To learn more about Hair Loss Causes and Treatments, please visit: http://www.hairfoundation.org/hair-loss.htm

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