Hair loss is such a common experience that it is no wonder there have been so many products developed to combat it. So many products make it seem impossible to those suffering with hair loss to know which ones are safe but also which ones – if any – will work for them. So how do you determine what can work and why certain treatments do not work?
First, you need to know what type of hair loss you have. Treatment effectiveness can be limited by what the source of the loss is. Heredity, chemical hair styling, hormones, medications, missing dietary elements, stress, and environmental factors can all affect the type and the severity of the hair loss. The most difficult of these to combat with products alone is heredity. Genes are stubborn and their impacts are not very susceptible to the over-the-counter methods. The other factors can be battled a bit easier. Be sure that you are addressing the causes that are reversible if you can because no amount of treatment is going to get you closer to your hair reclamation goals if you are doing the same things that made you lose your hair to begin with.
Second, you need to compare products. This is one of the few times when referrals from friends will not do you a lot of good. Everyone’s hair and skin are different; it will be up to you to become educated on the best products for you.
Third, understand the expected and realistic results. Most of these products are not made to give dramatic regrowth results. In your research, you should get a good concept of how much or how little the product is anticipated to help your particular situation. The best situation to be in if you are to get the best results is if you have just started losing hair. Most products are designed to maintain your current hair rather than triggering regrowth. For certain causes, such as hormone imbalances, it will only be one aspect to a multi-prong treatment system.
Fourth, read and follow the instructions. When treatments do not work as expected, we have an initial inclination to dismiss it as a bad product. But most of the time when we see no results, we are either using the product wrong or the results are just not easy to see. There are only a few FDA-approved products – minoxidil (aka Rogaine), laser therapy and finasteride – and they can be completely ineffective if not used correctly. Finasteride and other hormone therapies can be dangerous if not used correctly. If you have any confusion or question over any product, be such to contact the customer service contact information included with the product’s instructions or contact your dermatologist. Laser therapy should only be conducted by a trained dermatologist. Before beginning any new regime, you should consult with your dermatologist.
If you are tired of trying the same old treatments and getting the same old results, it may be time to try something new: NeoGraft. Dr. Guenthner and his staff at the Dermatology Center perform this cutting-edge procedure that is a well-established hair loss solution. If you are ready to trade in the creams and chemicals, schedule an appointment today.
The Dermatology Center of Indiana services Frankfort, Kokomo, Lafayette, and Lebanon along with many other cities throughout Indiana. Join us today in one of our locations where you are always welcome.