With all the advances in medical science it is amazing that one area has received very little attention. Did you know that although 60% of the complaints about hair loss to doctors come from females but very little work has been done in hair restoration for women. Most of the time the answer given to them is to just buy a wig.
Are you still in search for an effective female hair restoration method? Here’s the good news – there is hope for women like you. The most used male hair loss drug called Finasteride is banned for usage by women. Finasteride has side effects that can cause serious birth defects in unborn male babies. Since women can usually become pregnant at any time, they are not even allowed to touch with their fingertips the tablets because of the risk that it could be absorbed by the body through the skin pores.
Women’s hair restoration saw a brighter future when another medicated drug only allowed for men was approved to be used by women. Originally, the drug, Minoxidil, targeted patients with high blood pressure problems but, during its clinical trials the results showed that it is also effective for the treatment of male pattern baldness. Since most of cases of men and women with hair loss problems have the same cause, it was thought that the drug could be used by women too and trials were set up.
The results of the clinical trial of Minoxidil were great. This did not come as a surprise though because women had been using their husband’s own Minoxidil solution for many years. Since there were no available female hair restoration products, this was their only way to solve their hair loss problem. Because the FDA of US has already given its approval that Minoxidil can be used by women, the product has now a specific formula dedicated for them.
This product does not stop hair loss in women completely but it can slow it down dramatically and also it will help some hairs to rejuvenate themselves. When a man or woman is affected by pattern baldness, also known as Androgenic Alopecia, their hair follicles (roots) are attacked by a hormone called DHT.
This hormone causes men’s and women’s hair loss by attacking the follicles and not allowing them to receive the needed blood supply to grow keratin. Keratin is the actual material that hair shafts are constructed of. The DHT bonds to receptors on the hair follicles and inhibits the transfer of the needed nutrients from the person’s blood. This slowly causes the hair growth to slow down and eventually stop.
This medicated female hair loss product works by helping the remaining hair follicles to rejuvenate because they are not yet completely shut down by DHT. The hormone needs months to make the roots totally useless. If you are able to treat as early as possible, you can actually counter the damage caused by DHT and your hair follicles can continue to grow because they can still receive the nutrients needed.
If you are a little too late to have this prevention, your hair follicles are going to be covered by a fibrotic like material and your only option that is effective is hair transplants for women. The transplant of hair follicles is another kind of treatment where only men benefited for so many years. It has only recently been applicable for women. Because women with pattern baldness lose hair over the entire area of their scalp, transplants were not viable for women like for men who only have patches of baldness or bald spots. Women have no available donor area where grafts can be transplanted from. However, direct hair implants, which is the latest and modern procedure, makes it possible for women to have grafts by using body hairs as transplants onto the scalp.
This latest hair loss treatment for women is quite expensive relative to other treatments and it can’t produce great results to cover a receding hair line. The body hairs can work great as fillers though. Because of this, it would be better for you to save what hair you still have instead of planning on replacing it. It is true that prevention is always better than a cure.