LUCKNOW: The SGPGI will soon have a cure for people facing excessive hair loss problem.
The institute is set to procure a laser helmet that can arrest excessive hair loss. The equipment would be available at the hair of the plastic surgery department. “Laser helmet is a part of low level laser therapy (LLLT), which is the most effective therapy to enable hair growth and help people who are losing their hair at a fast rate,” said Rajeev Agarwal, head of plastic surgery department.
SGPGI may get the equipment by next year, he added. The decision to buy the laser helmet was taken after the department’s team was shown its use at a national workshop on hair transplant held recently. LLLT involves release of low level laser rays which gently massage the scalp and promote hair growth.
Laser helmet is available in some cosmetic surgery centres in metros. Though the therapy would be costly, its cost at SGPGI is likely to less expensive as compared to private centres. Agarwal said LLLT was more needed than hair transplant equipment.
“Once the hair is lost, possibility of undertaking successful transplant goes down drastically. We need hair to transplant. Absence of hair on the scalp means little or no chance,” he explained. On an average, the plastic surgery department gets more than 60% cases for hair-rejuvenation and transplant.
Plastic surgeons at SGPGI say wearing the correct size helmet can prevent hair loss. “Youths should choose a helmet that fits them well. It should not be too tight or too loose and must allow air-circulation to soak up the sweat,” said Prof Rajeev Agarwal.
Sweat, doctors say, is the enemy of hair. “Sweat combines with dust and pollution in air and tends to promote bacterial growth which eventually becomes a cause of hairfall,” he explained, adding, “Wearing a tight helmet pulls the hair which “Wearing a tight helmet pulls the hair which and makes them fall.” They warn against wearing very loose helmets because the purpose of safety is defeated. weakens