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Before getting into any re growth treatment, it is important to understand the various options available. For easy understanding, you can divide these options into 3 categories. Category one would be the complete natural category where the options would include medicines which are both external application medicines and internal medication. This category would lead to natural growth, albeit in certain conditions only and to limited extents. Category two would be semi-natural category in which you can include the options of various forms of hair transplantation, like strip method, single follicle extraction method etc. The reason why I call these semi-naturals is that while these techniques essentially involve growing your own hair back, they are basically processes of relocating hair from one part of your scalp to another and therefore cannot be described as 100% natural. In category three, are options like weaving, bonding, hair camouflaging etc, all of which are process of covering the scalp, but do not lead to any natural re growth and therefore are classified as completely artificial. Having understood these options, choosing one of them can then be decided along the following parameters.

1. The type of hair loss condition that you suffer.

2. The degree of hair loss. Even in the same type of condition, the choice of treatment would also depend on how far the hair loss has progressed.

3. A clear understanding of the long term implications. For example once you do weaving or bonding, there is pretty much no getting out of it, because the natural growth dies down even further, making it very difficult for you manage without the hair piece as time goes by.

Once you make a list of pro’s and con’s of each type, it should then be pretty easy to decide which is the best one for you.

Dr Shahid Shamsher is a leading Trichologist certified from UK, Australia & India. Practicing since 27 years in the field of Trichology, even today he consults every patient personally himself rather than leave it to assistants. He can be reached on 080 42067474 / 75.

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