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How to Hide Your Baldness

Nov 08, 19 How to Hide Your Baldness

While many people eventually find comfort in their baldness, some would prefer to cover it up. No matter what response you wish to take toward you thinning hair, both responses are valid.

However, there are a lot of options out there to cover up baldness and bald spots, and knowing which one to choose from can be a bit of a struggle. To help you make your choice, keep reading to get a brief preview of the different types of solutions to hair loss.

Things to Know
As with anything involving the body, it is crucial to remember that everyone responds to medical processes and operations in a different way. Before choosing to go forward with any of the below options, it is important that you speak with your doctor or other medical professional. He or she can help you not only figure out what option is best for you, but what risks each option may present to you based on your medical history.

Hair Transplant Surgery
One of the most well known solutions to hair loss is hair transplant surgery, in which the doctor will make an incision into your scalp and insert grafts to help hair grow. This is one of the more intensive of the treatments, as it is an actual surgery. Additionally, it is one of the most expensive treatments as it is seen as a cosmetic, elective surgery and is therefore not covered by insurance.

As with any surgery, hair transplant surgeries can come with some risks, such as infection. Usually these infections are minor and can be cured with antibiotic treatments, but sometimes they can become more serious. Keep this in mind when making your choice.

Scalp Micropigmentation
Scalp micropigmentation may be a great alternative for those who do not want something as intense as hair transplant surgery. Scalp micropigmentation, offered by companies such as SMP Australia, is actually a very simple procedure. The scalp micropigmentation technician will apply micro pigments to the gaps in your hairline using a needle, similar to the tattooing process, but with a lot less pain.

If someone is already balding, the micro pigments can be applied in a way that mimics a recently shaved head or a short cropped hairstyle.

Those undergoing scalp micropigmentation treatment will just need to avoid washing their hair after the procedure. In addition, they should take care to avoid UV rays as they can damage the micro pigments that have been applied to the hairline. 

Medications
If you want to try the medicinal route, there are many different oral pills out there that your doctor can prescribe to you for your hair loss. There are also topical treatments that you can apply to your scalp to encourage your hair follicles to grow. If you’re interested in trying any of these treatments, you should make an appointment with your dermatologist to discuss which option is right for you and to get your prescription.

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Thyroid Issues and Hair Loss

Nov 02, 19 Thyroid Issues and Hair Loss

Many of us know that a big cause of hair loss is an underlying disease. Thyroid conditions are one of the leading factors contributing to hair loss. Many of us have heard about the various thyroid conditions out there, but very few of us actually know about these conditions in more specific details.

I decided to take it upon myself to research more about thyroid conditions and their connections to hair loss. If you’re curious about what I found out, keep reading!

Behind the Science: Why these Conditions Cause Hair Loss

First, a little introduction to the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland maintains the metabolism by controlling how oxygen is used by tissues and how proteins are created. When the thyroid is acting abnormally, whether through hypo- or hyperthyroidism, that imbalance impacts the hair follicles, which receive the proteins and oxygen from the thyroid.

Possible Solutions

A permanent solution would be to reach out to a doctor to manage the thyroid condition directly. This will help manage hair loss in the long term. There is a wide range of solutions aimed at managing your thyroid disease.

However, you may want more short term solutions that will keep more hair on your head. This is also something that you should speak to your doctor. At your appointment, speak to your doctor about all the possible options that may be available to you. These options may include medications, shampoos, ointments, or even hair caps designed to encourage your hair to grow.

Lastly, you may want to try out more immediate solutions, like Hairline Ink located in San Antonio, Texas. At Hairline Ink, the technician will apply pigments to your scalp to fill in the hairline and make it seem like you never suffered from hair loss at all!

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The Pros and Cons of Hair Transplant Surgery

Aug 20, 19 The Pros and Cons of Hair Transplant Surgery

If you’ve been searching around for solutions to hair loss, you’ve likely heard of hair transplant surgery. Countless individuals have turned to this treatment to get their hair and self-esteem back to normal.

But does hair transplant surgery really work? I decided to find out for myself and gathered a list of pros of cons — check them out for yourself!

What is Hair Transplant Surgery?

First, let’s learn a bit more about the basics of hair transplant surgery. During hair transplant surgery, hair follicles are moved from one area of the body to the area of the head that is experiencing balding. Many have relied on this technique to reverse their hair loss over other popular treatments like medicines, topicals, and hair growth stimulating shampoos.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s look at some pros and cons of hair transplant surgery.

Pros

Some of the benefits of hair transplant surgery include:

  • Improved Self Esteem: The hair growth resulting from hair transplant surgery can do wonders to rebuild your self-esteem after losing your hair.
  • Safety:  Hair transplant surgery is performed under local anesthesia, so it is very safe in comparison to other operations.
  • Natural Look: The recipient of the hair is also the donor, so the hair ends up looking completely natural when it grows in.

Other advantages exist, of course, but these are just the highlights.

Cons

In addition, here are some of the negative consequences of deciding for a hair transplant surgery:

  • Infections: As with any surgery, there is a risk of infection with a hair transplant. If you notice an infection following your surgery, contact your doctor immediately.
  • Scarring: Hair transplant surgeries can cause a lot of scarring on the head. Fortunately, services like DC Micro can help cover up any scarring.
  • Cost: Like most other cosmetic procedures, hair transplant surgery can be very expensive. Those facing hair loss may want to try out other procedures before trying our hair transplant surgery.

Consider these pros and cons before making your final decision! You’ll be happier this way.

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Traction Alopecia 101

Aug 19, 19 Traction Alopecia 101

Most of us are familiar with alopecia, but did you know there is a variant of alopecia called traction alopecia. I came across the term while surfing the Internet the other day, and spent some time learning more about it online. Check out what I found below:

What is traction alopecia?

Traction alopecia is an offshoot of the main disorder — alopecia areata — which causes gradual hair loss in those living with the condition. While alopecia areata is believed to be largely caused by genetics, traction alopecia is prompted by force applied to the hair. This force leads the hair to fall out gradually.

Causes of Traction Alopecia

While force applied to the hair is the overarching cause of traction alopecia, that force can be applied to the hair in many different ways:

  • Hairstyles. Hairstyles that are very tight and pull back on the scalp and hair are the most common culprits of traction alopecia. Such hairstyles include cornrows, braids, dreadlocks, and very tight ponytails.
  • Head Gear. Those who wear a significant amount of headwear may notice their hair falling out at a concerning rate. Helmets or elastic headbands pull down on the hair, causing it to thin over time.
  • Chemical Treatments. Treatments such as hair relaxers and keratin treatments alter the structure of the hair follicle, possibly making the hair fall out easier. These treatments shock the scalp to conform in an unnatural way, which can also accelerate hair loss.

If you’ve noticed your hair falling as a result of any of the above, consult with your dermatologist about the next steps you can take. Pills and topical treatments can help hair regrow, but these results aren’t immediate. Scalp micropigmentation services like Team Micro are a great resource for those looking for quicker results. Either way, you have a wide range of options at your disposal!

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