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June 01, 2022

Technological Advancements to Combat Hair Loss




Before technology found a way to fix all our troubles, we had to improvise on many things. If you are a person who has been suffering from hair loss, then you would always walk around with a hat or find a wig that will cover your hair and save you the embarrassment. You don't have to worry anymore about hair loss because technology has found a way to fix your problems. The new advancement stimulates the skin with gentle, low-frequency electric pulses that coax dormant follicles to react to hair generation. The main aim of this technology is to allow the hair-producing structures to stop being dormant.

Scientists believe that this new technology can be used as an intervention for persons in their early stages of baldness, but not for persons who have been suffering from baldness for an extended period. This technology was initially tested on mice before it was tested on humans.

One of the most widespread hair loss ailments is known as androgenic alopecia or male or female pattern baldness. The persons who have this ailment, hair loss is permanent. This condition causes insufficient blood vessels around the follicle that anchors each hair into the skin to deliver nutrients and other molecules. The other cause of this disease is the accumulation of reactive oxygen species in the scalp.

Some of the ways technology has helped combat hair loss are; micro-needling, hair transplant, PRP, and nutraceuticals.

1. Hair transplant

The hair transplant process is carried out so that it could add hair to the areas of the head that may be thinning or balding. The procedure involves the taking of hair from thicker parts of the scalp or other body parts and grafting it to the balding areas. If you want a successful strategy to allow your hair to grow, this process is the best for you. However, you need to know that hair transplanting only works for people who have gone bald because of an injury and doesn't work for people who have permanent hair loss or lost hair due to chemotherapy.

  1. Micro-needling

Micro-needling is usually done to treat androgenic alopecia, which helps regenerate the health of the hair follicles. It also helps absorb products used to treat hair loss, such as topical steroids and parsley-rich plasma. When you go for this procedure, your doctor will apply some anesthetics on your scalp 45 minutes before the system so as to reduce the pain you will feel during the process. The treatment will depend on the circumference of your baldness, and once done, a topical balm will be applied, or you will get an injection. All this depends on the goal of the micro-needling session.

2. PRP Injection

The PRP (Protein-Rich-Plasma) procedure is a three-step medical treatment where an individual's blood is drawn, processed, and then injected into the scalp. The remedy needs to be done for 4-6 weeks apart, and the maintenance remedy varies from four to six months. Let's break down each step and see what it involves.

Step 1

Blood is drawn from your arm and placed in a centrifuge. A centrifuge is a device that spins rapidly to search for fluids or different densities.

Step 2

When your blood is in the centrifuge for ten minutes, your blood will have separated into three layers;

  • Platelet-poor plasma.
  • Platelet-rich plasma.
  • Red blood cells.

Step 3

After this, your doctor will draw up the platelet-rich plasma in a syringe and inject it into the regions of the scalp that require hair growth.

3. Nutraceutical

When it comes to hair loss in women and men, it is more advisable for women to take natural medication such as nutraceuticals to get their hair back. This medication has bioactive compounds that promote hair growth in menopausal and postmenopausal women. If you are a woman going through this condition, this vitamin is the best option for you.

Conclusion

Hair loss can be genetic or caused by various circumstances; technology has found a way to fix this problem and allow you to grow your hair once again and feel lovely. The procedures above are some of the few ways technology is trying to deal with this issue. However, if you are scared to take this treatment, you could take medication instead.









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