Hair loss, the curse of many men and surprisingly an ever-increasing number of women, is still largely a medical enigma the true cause of which has still to be established. And in fact there may not be a root cause to hair loss, but rather, hair loss in men and women can be caused by a number of factors each playing their part. For any hair loss treatment to be effective these possible causes such as nutritional deficiencies, inflammation and infection of the scalp itself, hormonal imbalances, environmental factors and certain disease states all need to be considered in deciding what is precisely the best hair loss treatment solution.
As difficult as it may be to establish the specific cause of hair loss in an individual we need to start somewhere and looking to the patient’s medical history and background to see if we can identify any possible causes, thereby allowing the correct hair loss treatment option to be taken.
For example the age of the patient needs to be considered. Obviously, as we age, general wear and tear and failing health, to a greater or lesser degree, can compromise the health of our hair. Also does the patient have a recent history of surgery or medication usage. Both of these factors can compromise the bodies health to the extent that hair loss can occur.
As far as an appropriate hair loss treatment in these cases, oftentimes all that is required is to simply allow normal recovery to occur whereupon the hair will return to normal.
Significant hormonal changes are often one of the main causes of hair loss especially sudden hair loss. Postpartum hair loss is very common with many women experiencing hair loss up to several months after pregnancy. Similarly, menopause brings with it changes to a woman’s hormonal system that can often lead to hair loss.
Basically there are four hair loss treatment options available today. The best hair loss treatment will always be determined by the individual in consultation with their doctor who has identified the likely cause or causes of the individuals hair loss and can then make the correct decision as to the most effective hair loss treatment. With most hair loss treatment options there is a choice of a natural hair loss treatment program or a more conventional prescription medication treatment program.
The first treatment option is the application of topical mendicants with the purpose of stopping any further hair loss and encouraging the re-growth of new hair. Within the topical category there are two subcategories; natural (including the applications of substances to the scalp such as apple cider vinegar, olive oil, fish oil and the like). Additionally there are natural proprietary medications including various shampoos and conditioners all made with natural ingredients and free of any prescription chemicals or drugs.
The most popular pharmaceutical topical application for hair loss is Rogaine, which has proven to be highly effective in the treatment of hair loss.
Second category for hair loss treatments are medications both natural and pharmaceutical that are taken internally. On the natural hair loss treatment side nutrients such as B complex vitamins, essential fatty acids and minerals can be taken as supplements as well as herbal products such as Saw Palmetto.
Pharmaceutically, Propecia is the main internal medication used in the treatment of hair loss. Unfortunately Propecia does have some side effects and needs to be taking continuously or else the hair loss will return.
Hair loss treatment category three is surgical intervention, which would include hair transplants and grafts. Although extremely costly, surgical interventions are often the best hair loss treatment option as they are relatively safe and usually very effective as a permanent hair loss solution.
Lastly we have the cosmetic hair loss treatment solution. Here we include wigs, hair extensions and toupees.
What hair loss treatment solution you choose is of course up to you. As you can see there are a number of options for you to consider. The best advice is to find a medical practitioner who specializes in the treatment of hair loss and hair re-growth and together explore your hair loss treatment options.