Hair Loss treatment: A Start up guide

Hair loss guide

Hi I am Dr Deepak Rathore. I am a certified plastic surgeon practicing in Delhi NCR. We are doing cosmetic surgeries along with other plastic and reconstruction procedures in Delhi NCR Today we are talking about hair loss and role of plastic surgeons in finding solutions to hair fall and hair loss. 

As plastic surgeons we mostly come across patients in various stages of male pattern baldness according to Norwood scale ranging from grade 1 to grade 7 

Hair restoration surgery or hair transplant as commonly called is one of the most common cosmetic procedures done for men in India and worldwide. 

Male pattern baldness affects almost all ageing men ( some more than others) . Androgens levels affect male pattern baldness. Most of the  pharmacological treatment is directed towards androgens only. 

However the spectrum of causes leading to hair fall and hair loss in present day population is so much more.   

We have environment affecting our hair quality. We have stress related issues leading to hair fall. We have nutritional issues ( due to poor intake or bariatric surgery these days) leading to poor quality hair which fall easily. 

All these factors compound hair fall problems demanding a more comprehensive approach to tackle hair fall or hair loss. 

Hair fall is increasingly being reported in females also so much so that 40-50% patients approaching us for hair fall are females

Hair restoration technology is advancing very rapidly. We are now able to see scalp skin and hair roots in much better magnified details than we could see before. It is helping us understand the factors causing hairfall better. Today we can measure thickness of every hair or count number of follicular units in a given area with sophisticated imaging softwares. It helps us in better follow ups and documentation of results after various therapies. 

Markets are filled with various treatment being done by plastic surgeons, dermatologist and also by numerous unqualified persons like Autologous blood treatments, pharmacological treatments, oils and hair restoration surgery. 

Patients often get confused about what to do? 

Patients often call us asking if Autologous blood treatments will help them or they need hair transplant. We always tell them to visit and have a proper examination because it is almost impossible to advice patients which procedure or medication might help them without a proper examination. 

Patients with same Norwood scale baldness may benefit from different strategies ranging from Autologous blood treatments, Nutritional supplements, pharmacological drugs , hair restoration surgery.

With so many factors playing role in hairfall it is important that your plastic surgeon is able to pinpoint the exact cause of hairfall and direct his treatment to mitigate the cause.  

Hairfall is preventable, reversible and curable provided proper evaluation is done for you. 

We usually apply a mutipronged strategy with our patients to evaluate all these parameters. We see hairfall not as an isolated problem. In doing so we are able to improve overall well being of our patients along with hair improvement. 

For example one might be suffering from micronutrient and mineral deficiency leading to poor hair quality and hair loss. If we do not improve upon nutrition and start Autologous blood treatments or minoxidil or hair transplant for the patient it may not give expected good results. 

Similarly patients dealing with stress and having hair fall may have suboptimal results if stress is not dealt with and rest of the treatment is started. 

Markets are flooded with people  offering 100% results ( mostly quacks and unqualified people with no formal training whatsoever) 

Patient should be aware and smart enough to choose best plastic surgeon for his evaluation and treatment. Hair treatment does not always mean Autologous blood treatments and hair transplants. There is so much more to it. An able plastic surgeon can help you choose the best treatment strategies. 

Hope this article helps you understand the basics of hair fall problems and select best suited plan for your hair loss.

Our next article brings to you 5 easy DIY ways at home to keep your hair healthy.

Dr Deepak Rathore (MBBS, MS, Mch plastic surgery)

Get in touch with us at essencecosmeticsurgery.com or call us at 9711707831, 9968539463. You can also Email us : essencecosmeticsurgery@gmail.com