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Four Ways to Protect Your Hair and Avoid Hair Transplant

Hair loss in men is mostly hereditary, making it hard to treat. Hair experts, however, say the severity of hair loss and the associated stigma can be reduced by identifying the disorder in early stages.

According to hair restoration expert Dr. Alan J. Bauman, how early a person spots thinning hair determines how much hair they save. If you wait until the hair loss is visible to the naked eye, you would have lost 50 percent of hair in that area. This is because most people fail to differentiate between normal hair fall and hormone induced hair fall (androgenic alopecia).

If any of your parents or close relatives suffers from baldness, it is advised that you start the treatment in your early twenties.

At the recently held Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness Expo 2012 at the Miami Convention Center, Dr. Bauman explained the safe and effective medical therapies available to protect, enhance and restore hair growth in men and women.

Bauman stressed the importance of preventive care treatments. Advancements in hair loss treatments have given rise to several such treatments including low level lasers, FDA approved medications and nutritional supplements. The preventive care treatment also focuses on understanding the hair loss process, including the importance of meeting with a board-certified hair restoration physician.

Hair transplant surgeries are gaining importance as they offer permanent solution to hair loss and with minimum medication. Some patients prefer hair transplants over drugs fearing the side effects of these drugs. Certain hair loss drugs like Propecia have been identified as harmful as they cause sexual disorders in males. Following this revelation by researchers, recently FDA issued label changes to these drugs.

Among the hair transplant procedures, the most popular is the Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE because it is more comfortable and yields a natural looking hair and a scalp free of surgical marks.

Despite the availability of hair transplant techniques, most patients want to reduce the amount of transplants required or avoid any type of surgical procedure altogether, Bauman added. Bauman suggests four ways to help patients avoid a hair transplant.

Firstly they should know if they bear the genetic factor that causes hair loss. Genetic tests like HairDX can accurately predict the risk of hair loss for both men and women. These tests can help patients get started early on preventative treatments to reduce the chance of irreversible hair loss.

If you are prone to any type of hair loss, identify it at the very early stage of the disorder. With the help of a HairCheck Trichometer, you can accurately measure the amount of hair loss or hair regrowth. The tool gives a combined cross-sectional measurement of a bundle of hair. It is scientifically accurate, non-invasive, painless and takes literally less than five minutes.

Genetics apart, lack of nutrition also plays culprit in hair loss. There are several hair vitamin supplements like Viviscal and laser therapy devices like the LaserCap, as well as new powerful topical treatments prescription-based Formula 82M, to prevent damage of hair due to lack of nutrition, dry weather and polluted water.

Last but not the least you should take help from a board-certified hair restoration physician. Hair loss is a specialized field in the medical community. Only specialized physicians can prescribe the right combination of therapies, tracking the results of a medical hair re-growth regimen and performing hair transplant surgery.

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