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Side Effects of Hair Regrowth Products

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Hair loss and baldness is one of the most commonly reported cosmetic issues that affect almost every person, at least once in his or her life. A bald or balding head can slump anyone’s self-esteem, as hair is an important part of one’s appearance. Baldness can add years to anyone’s look and make them appear non-fertile and non-vital. Hair loss is mostly associated with old age but nowadays young boys (in their early 20s) are also suffering from receding hairline and thinning crown, courtesy poor diet and improper hair care.

Early stage hair loss is often controlled using hair regrowth products. Some people with severe baldness also opt for oral and topical medications, just because surgery haunts them. If you also think hair regrowth products are better than a hair transplant surgery, then think again! Hair regrowth no doubt offer a non-invasive and relatively inexpensive solution for hair thinning, but they bring with them a host of serious side effects. Besides that, the results of these products are also temporary. As soon as you stop use of these medicines, hair loss symptoms start returning. Mostly, the hairs grown during treatment also fall out as soon as the treatment is discontinued.

Side effects of hair regrowth products are mentioned below. Continue reading to know more about the risks and complications associated with hair loss medications. Two medicines that have got FDA’s approval for hair loss treatment are Minoxidil and Finasteride. The former is an over the counter topical application while the latter is a prescription oral medicine.

Minoxidil

Minoxidil has been found very effective in controlling hair loss and in about 10% cases it triggered hair regrowth as well. But it has got some adverse side effects as well. Common side effects reported by individuals include itching and irritation of skin, dry scalp skin, and contact dermatitis. Some patients have also reported hair growth in other areas of contact, like neck, forehead, cheeks etc. it can also cause serious cardiac problems and may also worsen angina symptoms. Minoxidil contains alcohol, which if comes in contact with eyes or other sensitive areas of the body can cause severe irritation. Any accidental spill should be washed with cool water. If symptoms persist, seek medical attention immediately.

Finasteride

Finasteride, an oral hair loss control medication, has also shown tremendous results in hair regrowth. But since it is an oral medication, its side effects are even more and severe than the topical application Minoxidil. Common side effects that have been reported by the individuals include breast enlargement in men (Gynecomastia), decreased libido and other erotic problems. Serious side effects associated with Finasteride include higher risk of male breast and prostate cancer.

Best Option for Hair Restoration:

If you wish to avoid these issues and get a fuller head of hair as well, there is no better option than a hair transplant surgery. Unlike these hair regrowth medications, a hair transplant surgery does not help hair regrowth. Rather it redistributes already existing healthy hair over the entire scalp to make your head appear denser and thicker.

A hair transplant is a surgical procedure that involves extracting hair from the donor region of the scalp and implanting it into the balding regions. This technique has helped thousands of people regain hair in locations where they always wished to have it.

Before the surgery, the entire scalp region is made numb with the help of local anesthesia so that the patient does not experience any pain. Then using either Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) or Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) donor grafts are harvested from the back or side of the scalp. These grafts are then carefully inserted into the recipient area. If you wish to resume to daily activities quickly or you want to wear very short hair after the transplant, go for FUE technique as it is minimally invasive and does not involve extended downtime or recovery period.

To get the best results out of a hair transplant surgery, it is important that you consult a certified hair transplant surgeon with several years of experience in hands or otherwise the results may not be as aesthetically appealing and natural looking.

Saudi Arabia Hair Transplant Clinic is a renowned name for surgical hair restoration in the Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. If you are interested, call us now or fill the free online consultation form below.

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