In the last 50 years, a number of methods and drugs have been invested to treat pattern hair loss (a condition that develops in almost 80 percent of Caucasian men). However, only a few of these methods have been proven to work.
As of 2017, Minoxidil and Finasteride uk were the only two drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of male pattern hair loss. Over the years, there have been modern developments in hair loss treatment.
A New Drug in the Work
In the coming months, there could be a new drug for treating pattern hair loss. Recently, researchers from the University of Manchester published a report and clinical results of a new drug, cyclosporine A, which has been used since the 1980s to prevent transplant organ rejection and reduce symptoms of autoimmune disease.
The scientists found that the drug reduced the activity of a protein called SFRP1, a key growth regulator that affects many tissues including hair follicles. But because of its side effects, CsA was unsuitable as a baldness treatment. However, after continuous tests, they found that WAY-316606 was even better at suppressing the protein.
According to Dr. Hawkshaw, one of the researchers stated that their discovery could “make a real difference to people who suffer from hair loss”.
This is currently the most common type of hair loss treatment. Hair transplant, or restoration surgery, can make the most of the hair you have left. During a hair transplant procedure, a cosmetic surgeon removes tiny patches of skin, each containing one to several hairs, from the back or side of your scalp.
Sometimes a larger strip of skin containing multiple hair groupings is taken. He or she then implant the hair follicle by follicle into the bald sections. Some doctors recommend using minoxidil after the transplant, to help minimize hair loss. And you may need more than one surgery to get the effect you want. Hereditary hair loss will eventually progress despite surgery.
The major reason why hair transplant is not very common among victims of hair loss is that surgical procedures to treat baldness are expensive. The surgery can also be very painful and can result in bleeding and scarring.
Laser therapy using low-level light treatment is a relatively new method used for treating pattern hair loss in male and female. Laser red light has been shown to be effective in stimulating and energizing the cells within the hair follicle.
In 1966, Endre Mester, a Hungarian physician published an experiment in which he observed accelerated hair growth in rats treated with laser therapy, making alopecia the first legitimate therapeutic indication for laser therapy.
Hair loss is not the only method use of LLLT. In the 1960s it was used to treat various medical conditions such as alopecia, chronic ulcers, and chronic pain, headaches, musculoskeletal, and neuropathic pain without major adverse side effects.
In 2007, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a low-level laser device as a treatment for hereditary hair. Although LLLT treatment has been around for over a decade now, it was not until recently that the method began gaining acceptance.
With the new found acceptance, there have been clinical trials to see how much impact of LLLT. Some studies have shown low-level laser devices improve hair density. More studies are needed to show long-term effects.
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