On Friday, January 10, the French television channel TF1 aired a segment called “Hair loss: real solutions and fake promises”. The co-founder of the CMCC, Doctor Pierre Bouhanna, was interviewed as an expert scalp surgeon. This was an opportunity to discuss a pathology that affects nearly twelve million French people.
Patients are suffering from this condition
The TF1 segment reminds us of a reality: baldness is a phenomenon that affects many people. 70% of men are expected to experience androgenetic alopecia one day. As for women, they are not spared by this pathology of the scalp, which leads to the progressive loss of hair.
During this segment, several patients were interviewed and they all shared their discomfort. For both men and women, baldness is particularly difficult to live with every day. The psychological impact and loss of self-esteem can be devastating, as Caroline, a CMCC patient interviewed by the TF1 journalist, testifies. She explains that losing her hair is a constant “suffering” for her. Every morning, she finds hundreds of hairs on her pillow and, when she looks in the mirror, she can only see the baldness of her scalp. Not to mention the way other people look at her.
Beware of fake promises
Unfortunately, some doctors will take advantage of their patients’ credulity and suffering by selling them treatments that Dr. Pierre Bouhanna calls “snake oil” and which can be very costly for patients, as the TF1 segment shows.
It is not a question of being against creams or lotions, which have their usefulness. When you are in the first stage of androgenetic alopecia and hair loss is still moderate, cosmetic treatments can be useful to improve the hair’s appearance and, above all, to fight the first symptoms of hyperseborrhea. Similarly, doing vitamin cures once or twice a year can stimulate and strengthen the hair.
However, it is wrong to believe that cosmetic treatments result in miraculous hair growth. Baldness is caused by both the secretion of male hormones and the genetic predisposition of hair follicles to be sensitive to these hormones. Even though creams and lotions can limit hyperseborrhea and slow down hair loss triggered by the androgenetic phenomenon, they have no influence on baldness of the scalp.
Therapeutic solutions against baldness
The TF1 segment presents two therapeutic solutions whose effectiveness has been scientifically proven (they are both offered at CMCC). These solutions include:
- Laser therapy: this is a non-invasive therapeutic solution that stimulates the activity of hair follicles by applying different energies to them. The follicles absorb the light, which promotes hair growth, while normalizing the symptoms associated with androgenetic alopecia (greasy hair, dandruff, itching). Many studies have shown that after phototherapy, hair grows faster and becomes denser. In some cases, the patient’s hair condition can even improve significantly.
- Hair transplants: transplants are the only solution to permanently restore a thinning scalp. In the TF1 segment, Dr. Pierre Bouhanna implants nearly 2,000 hairs on his patient Caroline. To do this, he performs an FUT graft without shaving, which means that he takes a strip of long hair from behind the neck. He then dissects the strip into follicular units before re-implanting them on the bald areas. Why is it necessary to remove hair from the back of the neck? Simply because the hair located on the crown is spared from alopecia. As for the FUT technique, it is particularly adapted for women, because they often have an average density in the area where the hair is taken and, above all, the FUT graft does not require any prior shaving. In addition, the scar, which is very thin, is covered by the hair on the crown. It also allows for a larger number of hairs to be transplanted in a single session. For men, a FUE transplant can be prescribed, especially for those who want to shave their head. The principle is the same, but the follicular extraction is done with a micropunch, which leaves circular scars barely visible to the naked eye. The surgeon can therefore take grafts from the occiput and the temples. The disadvantage is that all or part of the scalp is often shaved. The final result of the FUT and FUE transplants will be achieved after one year.
You can contact the CMCC if you would like information on solutions to fight male or female androgenetic alopecia. Call us at 01 84 83 14 00 or make an appointment by clicking here.