There are many different ways to deal with baldness. When a person starts losing his hair, he starts to try all possible tricks that can help him deal with the problem. Usually, the first thing a person with this problem does is turning to a hairdresser and buy expensive hair loss treatment vials. Then, he will contact a trichologist for a microscopic examination of his hair, through a trichogram, which allows to analyse the life cycle of hair and see if the hair is healthy or identify the underlying causes of a possible alopecia. The first medication that will be prescribed, at this point, is finasteride, a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor that helps convert testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, which is responsible for hair loss. The patient will have to take finasteride for the rest of his life, since if he does not, the problem may reoccur and the treatment could no longer be effective, not to mention its many side effects. Minoxidil, on the other hand, a medication used for hypertension, gave good results also in the treatment of baldness, acting as a stimulator of the hair bulb. But, once again, if you stop taking it, the problem may re-occur.
Not having achieved good results, the person suffering from hair loss will think now that a prosthesis can be a good solution, with the most natural effect. But, of course, we should not see this thing only from a psychological point of view. If, indeed, a prosthesis can be a good solution from an aesthetic point of view, we should also consider the long-term effects of this choice, such as dermatitis caused by the adhesive used to attach the wig, which, over time, may cause permanent scarring. In summer, moreover, the adhesive used tends to melt more easily, thus causing unpleasant smells. There are many restrictions for a prosthesis wearer: he can not wash his hair as often as he wants and, when he does, he has to follow a special procedure, removing the adhesive and cleansing the covered area before putting it back and this has also an impact from a psychological point of view, since in that moment you realise that it is just a trick, and you have not solved your problem. A prosthesis wearer can not swim in a pool, or, run his hands through his hair naturally. Moreover, prostheses need continuous maintenance and must be dyed on a regular basis since they are made of natural hair, subject to colour discoloration, and the film used to attach it to the skin tends to deteriorate and must be replaced frequently.
However, hair pigmentation offers people suffering from hair loss a more natural and long lasting solution to their problem, making them feel more comfortable in every situation.
Those who decided to undergo a hair transplant already know the techniques used to transfer hair from an area called donor area to the area affected by hair loss (recipient area). Of course, this procedure may cause scars, and precisely two different types of scars caused by two different methods:
- F.U.T. : causing a linear strip scar
- F.U.E. causing a mosaic of dot scars
Although hair transplant uses extremely valuable techniques, there are some downsides, including scars, the trauma caused to the recipient area and the fact that the donor area is not an infinite reservoir.
Hair pigmentation, however, helps overcome the problems caused by hair transplant, that is why the combination of this two techniques is a successful solution.
Surgery and hair pigmentation are effective if used together, to get the best possible results.