How to recognise the first signs of Androgenetic Alopecia
Recognising the symptoms that Androgenetic Alopecia may cause is not easy, but neither is it impossible.
In most cases, the first suspicions appear when hair loss is not due to a change of season or a period of particular stress.
Unfortunately, many people turn too hastily to unqualified figures, who do not know the subject in depth and may therefore recommend the wrong treatment to the subject.
Only when one turns to a professional such as a dermatologist or trichologist can one think about stopping hair loss with targeted and customised therapies.
It is important to remember that the use of topical or systemic drugs such as Minoxidil or Finasteride are not able to save hair bulbs now atrophied by androgenetic alopecia or stimulate their regrowth.
The cause of hair loss lies in the enzyme 5 alpha reductase, which converts the testosterone produced by the hair bulb into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is responsible for follicular miniaturisation processes in adult and genetically predisposed individuals.
In this case the topical medication has the function of disinhibiting DHT production within the bulb.
The only relevant detail is that Finasteride only acts at the moment it is taken, and ceases to work the moment it is discontinued.
Solutions to stop hair loss
As already mentioned, of the various solutions to stop hair loss, taking supplements and medication are certainly among them, but they are not the only ones.
- Hair transplantation has always been seen as one of the quickest solutions to an aesthetic, but above all psychological problem. We are talking about a surgical procedure performed in just one day, in a safe environment and with professionals specialised in surgery.
- Finally, trichopigmentation, a cutting-edge technique, promises to be a minimally invasive and effective long-term solution, consisting in depositing a pigment in the most superficial part of the dermis, simulating growing hair.
What is trichopigmentation. Not just a tattoo
Very often the technique of trichopigmentation is confused with that of tattoos, as the equipment used is similar.
In reality, trichopigmentation is wrongly and vulgarly associated with tattoos, as there are some singular differences between the two.
First of all, in the temporary version, the pigment is reabsorbed by the organism if it is not retouched within 3-4 years of its first deposit; the instrumentation used to carry out the treatment is specially built to deposit the pigment in the most superficial part of the dermis, thus avoiding colour discolouration and the formation of spots.
The needles also have a smooth tip and a rough wall, allowing the operator to dose the hand pressure and carry out the protocol in a precise and controlled manner.
Tricopigmentation complementary to hair transplantation
Undergoing a hair transplant can permanently solve the problem of baldness.
One of the most significant problems when planning a hair transplant is that the donor area is often underestimated in relation to needs, and the number of hair follicles that can be harvested is not sufficient to cover the transplanted area 100%, leaving some parts uncovered where the skin is visible.
In this case, trichopigmentation plays a fundamental role, as it makes it possible to reinforce the density of the scalp by simulating thicker hair.
In this case, a treatment with a density effect is carried out: 4 sessions according to protocol, two on two consecutive days and two more after one month.
When is it not possible to treat a subject with density effect?
Many people are characterised by a small amount of thinning, in most cases it is the vertex area.
It seems simple to cover only one area, but in reality it is not.
A density effect cannot be performed when the rest of the hair already present is not able to partially cover that area. Why? We simply have to think about the fact that our hair has volume, while the pigment used for trichopigmentation is flat, and by going to cover the thinning area, it would be possible to see the difference between the hair and the pigment.
In these cases a change of look through a shaved effect is recommended, which would give a natural and uniform effect to the skin.
Tricopigmentation as an alternative to transplantation
Although hair transplantation may appear to be the fastest and most effective solution, it is not always suitable for everyone.
There are cases in which the surgeon advises against transplantation; for instance in cases where the donor area does not have enough hair bulbs to promise good skin coverage, or when thinning is not yet complete and it is therefore not possible to predict the final size of the area to be treated in the future.
It is precisely in these cases that Tricopigmentation becomes essential, acting as an alternative to transplantation.
It is an aesthetic treatment, less invasive than transplantation, that optimally simulates growing hair through a shaved effect.
The benefits of trichopigmentation, how many ways it can be used
Trichopigmentation can be used synergistically not only to achieve the density effect on hair following a transplant, but is also used:
To cover scars following trauma or a hair transplant using the FUE or FUT (Strip) technique
- A shaved effect trichopigmentation treatment can be carried out in cases where the transplant was unsuccessful and the hair has only grown back partially.
To be able to undergo trichopigmentation following a transplant one needs to wait 6 months, to give the skin time to regenerate as it has a wound to heal from.Conversely, to be able to undergo a hair transplant after a trichopigmentation treatment, one only needs to wait one month.