Three foolproof ways to camouflage bald spots
Trichologist Dr. Sonal Shah .
Milind was waiting for the summer vacations eagerly. He was anxious to use his annual family holiday to take care of something that had been bothering him for a while; a thinning spot on the top of his scalp. He visited a Richfeel Center where he was presented with three options. Dr. Sonal Shah, India’s First Certified Woman Trichologist and panelist at Richfeel Trichology Centre, says camouflaging bald spots—a common concern for both men and women—can be done quite easily.
Non-surgical hair camouflage
This ‘Carefree Hair’ treatment can give you natural looking hair and is the perfect solution for incurable baldness, alopecia and other hair loss conditions. This treatment, involving the strand-by-strand method, uses the Revolution Hair and Derma Front. Revolution Hair is high quality, synthetic hair that is heat, chemical and water-resistant and absorbs and reflects light better. It is matched to your own colour, texture and density by analyzing the colour and composition of your hair. To prevent tangling of strands, the hair cuticle is removed. This makes it easier to comb, shampoo and style. It can also be waved or curled to your preference giving it a luxurious, full-bodied look. On the other hand, Derma Front is a new development in derma films. It’s an invisible, skin-toned film that fits just around your hairline. It is perfectly ventilated, light and transparent and makes your hairline look softer and more natural unlike a weave which can look artificial.
Surgical Hair Camouflage
This is performed by Single Hair Follicle Grafting and is now available in India. This advanced hair transplant technique, pioneered and perfected by Dr. Jennifer Martinick, of the New Hair Clinic, Australia, is effective in classic cases of hormone-related hair loss. This method uses the hair on the back of the head that is genetically programmed to grow well past adulthood. This hair is transplanted to the front of the head, using approximately 2,000 – 2,500 follicles at one time. The follicles are placed 1.5 – 2 mm apart in an interdigitating break pattern; with the direction determined by the patient’s hairstyle. Since the procedure is performed under local anesthesia, the patient can choose to stay overnight at the hospital or go home after the procedure. Antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication is advised for five days post-surgery. Within three to four months, hair growth is manifested in the follicles. An effective procedure, single Hair Follicle Grafting is a permanent solution for typical male and female pattern balding.
Temporary Hair Camouflage
This procedure is perfect for you if you have thinning hair and want it to look full and luxuriant without opting for surgical or non-surgical hair implants. In this treatment, a complex of tiny micro fiber hairs blends with your hair and scalp. It is sprayed all over the thinning area where it electro-statically bonds to your own hair, giving the appearance of fullness. It stays in place until you shampoo it out. Nykaa has one such formula, Toppik Hair Building Fibers, made from statically charged Keratin proteins that cling to existing hair and fill thinning or balding areas in seconds.
Going back to the case of Milind who suffered from male pattern balding, the chances of new regrowth was not possible. I suggested Single Hair Follicle Grafting since the bald patch was small. Milind opted for it and today his patch is covered and his self-image and esteem has been restored.
Dr.Sonal Shah is India’s First Certified Woman Trichologist and a panelist at Richfeel Trichology Centre. For further enquiries log on to www.richfeel.com