Hair loss has long been an ‘issue’ for human beings. The research shows that ancient Egyptians were trying on some remedies to treat their baldness. So, as humans, we have been trying to find a ‘cure’ for hair loss since ancient times. And as of today, despite technological advancements in the medical field, we are yet to be successful.
But it does not mean that we are losing the fight against hair loss. On the contrary, there are promising hair loss treatments that are currently under development. Yes, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s look into two of these promising developments.
What is Hair Loss?
Hair loss is the thinning of hair or balding on the scalp. Hair loss is not pleasant. Yes, it does not physically cause any pain or discomfort, but hair loss may result in emotional distress, discomfort, insecurity, and even psychological problems if not treated.
Does Hair Loss Only Happen to Men?
Although it is mostly considered that hair loss is a problem affecting only men, women also suffer from hair loss. It is estimated that around 35 million men and 20 million women experience hair loss issues in the world.
What Are the Reasons for Hair Loss?
There may be various reasons behind a hair loss problem. The research suggests that roughly 95% of hair loss in men is caused by androgenetic alopecia, also known as the male pattern of baldness. And around 50% of all women start losing their hair by the time they are 50 years old. While for some women, the reason for hair loss may be as a result of androgenetic alopecia, for some women it may be about other reasons such as vitamin deficiency, hormonal changes, and or depression.
Whatever the reason is, one of the main consequences of hair loss is stress and anxiety for most people. Of course, the stage and pace of your hair loss, your age, and your general health matter too. By considering all of these, your doctor would be able to offer the most suitable hair loss treatment for you.
What are the Best Hair Loss Treatments
There are different hair loss treatments. There is no “one fits for all” solution to the hair loss issue. The best hair loss treatment means the most suitable treatment for you to respond to your needs and expectations. But in general, it would not be wrong to classify the solutions under two main categories: surgical and non-surgical treatments.
Non- surgical Hair Loss Treatments Are supportive and Enhancing, But Not Permanent!
The non-surgical treatments such as the PRP, mesotherapy, low laser therapy, etc. are, by nature, supportive treatments, meaning that they do not offer a permanent solution to hair loss issues. Therefore, these treatments are preferred not for coverage but as a preventative measure. And these treatments can be applied after a hair transplant treatment as well to enhance the results of a hair transplant.
Under non-surgical treatment options, there are also medications such as Minoxidil and Finasteride, special serums, and other hormone therapy options to reduce and stop the pace of hair loss. However, these options may have some side effects such as loss of interest in sex, dizziness, etc.
Micropigmentation is a Cosmetic Hair Loss Treatment
Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is a non-surgical cosmetic technique that applies makeup to the scalp. Micropigmentation uses micro-needles to deposit pigment into your scalp. Like a tattoo, in Micropigmentation makeup, the ink will be injected into the skin. These pigments can give a more dense look to your head skin.
Regardless of your gender and age, everyone is eligible for scalp Micropigmentation. Although the Micropigmentation method is considered as permanent makeup (meaning that it can not be removed), by changing the scalp cells in years the colors might fade and you might need to redo it.
Hair Transplant as A Surgical and Permanent Treatment to Hair Loss!
Gladly, even if it is not for all people who experience hair loss, for most of them, we currently have an amazing solution: Hair Transplantation. Thanks to advanced technology in the field, hair transplantation is now minimally-invasive, pain and scar-free. FUE Hair Transplant, DHI, and Sapphire are among the latest technology hair transplant methods that offer promising results to many men and women.
Additionally, thanks to booming medical tourism in countries like Turkey, hair transplantation is not exclusive to the rich anymore. Thanks to affordable prices, you do not need to pay a fortune for your hair transplant. So, it is more accessible than ever. That is why an increasing number of men and women have a hair transplant every year. So, the most important question is “can everybody have a hair transplant?”
Future of Hair Loss Treatment 2021
Is Hair Cloning Possible?
In hair cloning, hair follicles extracted from your scalp are multiplied (cloned) in a laboratory environment by using different methods. And the very good news is the fact that you still have necessary stem cells on your scalp even if you are completely bald. This development will be a ‘breakthrough’ once it is materialized.
There will be no such issue as hair thinning or balding anymore. Once you lose your hair, you will have many more replacements thanks to cloning. And it is going to be permanent! Hair cloning was believed to be available by 2021. However, we have yet to hear the ‘good news’. Even when it becomes available, it would certainly take some more years for hair transplantation with stem cells to be widely accessible.
Biotechnology and Drugs to Cure Hair Loss
Many biotechnology companies have been working on medication that could cure and end hair loss. Some of these biotech companies have their products in late-stage clinical trials, meaning that the ‘good news’ might be just around the corner. Most of these developments in biotechnology focus on stopping hair loss and regrowing hair rather than creating it from scratch.
But still, even after the approval of medicine, it takes quite some years for it to become available to the public. We may need to wait around 5 to 10 years for these developments to be available to the public.