Researchers working on a new treatment for osteoporosis may have inadvertently discovered a cure for baldness.
The bbc have reported that researchers working on a drug for osteoporosis found the medication had a dramatic effect on hair follicles, stimulating growth.
Baldness is usually caused by hormonal changes which mostly affect men. The drug, it seems, contains a compound which targets a protein that restricts hair growth.
Project leader Dr Nathan Hawkshaw, from the University of Manchester, said it could “make a real difference to people who suffer from hair loss”.
The researchers first latched onto an old immunosuppressive drug, cyclosporine A, used since the 1980s to prevent transplant organ rejection and reduce symptoms of autoimmune disease.
It was discovered that this drug effectively targeted a protein called SFRP1, which is a growth regulator that affects many tissues including hair follicles, however due to its side effects it was deemed unsuitable to treat hair loss.
The team of researchers then began to look for an alternative method to target the SFRP1 protein and found WAY-316606, which seemed to be even better at suppressing the protein.
Like all pharmaceutical products clinical trails would be needed to test the effectiveness of the treatment and see whether it is safe to use on people.
Currently there are two drug treatments available to treat hair loss, neither of which are available on the NHS.
- Minoxidil, for men and women
- Finasteride, for men only
Both these treatments may have some side effects and results aren’t a guarantee, so patient looking for a more permanent solution to their hair loss tend to seek hair transplantation surgery instead.
When thinking about addiction cosmetic surgery isn’t one that usually comes to mind right away. For a lot of people, the word addition is more commonly used to describe a person’s dependence on smoking, alcohol and drugs. Our understanding of these more common additions is much greater, which is why there are established processes in place to support and treat individuals who are affected. However, addiction can manifest itself in many ways, causing both mental and physical discomfort. Behavioural addictions like cosmetic surgery addition can be as damaging to an individual, and their friends and family, as any substance addition.
Cosmetic surgery is a highly publicised area of medicine. If you’re not reading about the latest technological developments that can help improve or enhance your aesthetic appearance, you’re certainly hearing about how a some celebrity has attained their physical beauty with the help of cosmetic treatments.
There is certainly no shame in anyone choosing to have treatment to improve their physical appearance. It can be argued that cosmetic treatments, surgical or non-invasive, have become common place in our society today. While, on the whole, most people who have cosmetic surgery don’t experience any problems, there are certain people who become addicted trying to achieve their desired look.
What causes cosmetic surgery addition?
A mental disorder in which an individual perceives themselves to have a physical abnormality which they believe will be improved with the help of cosmetic surgery. The abnormality, or imperfection, can often be imaginary or very slight. As this condition is a mental disorder, cosmetic surgery cannot be used to cure body dysmorphia because the individual will find other existing, or imaginary, conditions to obsess over. Anyone experiencing the symptoms of body dysmorphia must come to terms with the reality of their situation and get psychological help.
Social factors play a big part in cosmetic surgery addition. The way treatments are portrayed on TV, news and magazines, combined with societies views on beauty, can put a significant amount of pressure on an individual to look a certain way. Unfortunately, in todays shrinking world where news travels fast and we’re better connected than ever, young people and some of the more vulnerable in our society are being exposed to a very different understanding of what beauty is. A lot of media, intentionally or not, present cosmetic surgery as a necessity to achieve the ultimate beautiful appearance. Therefore, It shouldn’t come as any surprise to anyone that a lot of young people grow up with an unrealistic view of themselves, what beauty is and what they need to do to achieve the look they’ve been taught is the ideal.
Accessibility of treatments
Patients these day have far more choice when it comes to treatments than in any other time in history. From full surgical treatments to non-invasive procedures like botox, patients can change or improve any feature they deem unsatisfactory and needs improvement.
Cost of treatment also plays a significant role in whether an individual can access the treatment they want. Apart from the cost of many procedures going down due to technological improvements, easy access to financial services means a lot of people can take out credit to cover their treatment. For patients who can’t afford the treatment in their home country, international healthcare service, or medical tourism service, can be used to access treatments at a fraction of the cost.
The significant improvements in accessibility of treatments, which is overall a good thing, means some people are having treatments that they may otherwise think twice about.
Is there a cure to cosmetic surgery addition?
Those suffering from body dysmorphia need to get in touch with their doctor to be referred to a mental health processional for treatment and therapy. The specific treatment technique will need to be discussed with the medical professional providing the care. Some medication may also be prescribed as part of the treatment.
Generally, there is no cure for cosmetic surgery addition. A good practitioner should assess the situation of the patient and determine whether the patient is fit to have the treatment. If deemed unfit the procedure shouldn’t proceed any further.
Silicone breast implants have been around for a long time, first introduced in the early 1960s. The popularity of breast enlargement, and silicone implants, continued to grow into the 1980s and 1990s, as did the accounts of supposed complications and risks. Some woman expressed their experiences of ruptured silicone gel implants, linking the symptoms with immunological disorders like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other conditions. Upon removing the implant many women stated the symptoms they were experiencing went away.
In the US, in particular, certain regulations were introduced to restrict the use of silicone implants on some women, especially for those who were having breast reconstruction surgery after breast cancer treatment. By 2006 no evidence could be found directly linking silicone breast implants with any diseases which resulted in a loosing of the restrictions on the sale of silicone implants.
For a lot of women who couldn’t use silicone, or chose not to use silicone, a new form of implant known as saline breast implant was developed and used to achieve similar results.
Which type of breast implant is safer?
Silicone gel implants:
These are less likely to wrinkle than saline implants. There are generally two types of silicone gel, soft and firm. The soft type can feel more natural.
If the soft type of silicone gel ruptures it can cause siliconomos by spreading into the breast. The risk of this is reduced with the firmer silicone, but they won’t feel as natural.
If saline implants were to rupture the solution in the implant will be safely absorbed and passed out of the body. Although the risk to health is lower, saline implants are more likely to rupture or deflate than silicone. They are also more likely to wrinkle or fold and feel less natural.
How long will breast implants last?
Unfortunately, breast implants are not a permanent solution and will need to be replaced after some time. For some women, further surgery to replace their implants will be needed after around 10 years. This is typically due to changes in the implant or the breast tissue.
Side effects to expect from breast implants
Like most surgical procedures, you may experience some discomfort from breast implant surgery, like:
- And, tight feeling around the chest
What can go wrong?
Breast implants, no matter what type, can occasionally cause problems. Some of these problems include:
- Implant rupturing – this may cause some tenderness around the breast. A scan of the breast may show some small lumps which may indicate siliconomas. The implant will need to be removed
- Folds and creases on the implant – effecting the overall look and fell of the breast
- Implant shifting from its intended position – which may lead to an abnormal or uneven shape
- Implant rippling – very difficult to treat. Often caused by implants covered in a thin layer of tissue
- Nerve problems – can affect the sensitivity of the nipple
- Ability to breast feed – reduction in the amount of breast milk produced
There are other general surgical complications that can occur which isn’t specific to breast enlargement or implant procedures. These include:
- Infections – unlikely, but if it was to happen, implant may need to be take out
- Allergic reaction
- Blood clot
What to do if there’s a problem?
There is some level of risk with all surgical procedures so it’s important to acknowledge that sometimes things can go wrong, and be prepared to take the appropriate actions.
If you experience any unexpected symptoms like extreme pain, redness on the breast, a burning sensation or swelling, you should contact the clinic or hospital that carried out the procedure as soon as you notice the problem.
Your surgeon, and the clinic or hospital, should have processes in place to deal with these situations and should make this process clear to you before having the procedure.
It’s little surprise that liposuction is one of the most popular treatments carried out in the UK today. The results are almost instantaneous and the medical technique highly sophisticated and targeted to remove unwanted, stubborn, fatty build up, in difficult areas.
For a lot of people liposuction is the final step in the journey to achieve the ideal figure. Even some of the fittest and most active people will consider liposuction when trying to remove pockets of fat that develops over time, which won’t go away through traditional dieting or exercise.
Apart from the desired physical improvements that can be achieved through liposuction, a lot of patients want to know if fat will return after the treatment and how easy it will be to maintain the results achieved through the procedure.
Does Liposuction permanently remove fat?
There are many different liposuction techniques used to remove unwanted fat. Whatever technique used to treat you, they all work in the same way to achieve the same results. Generally speaking, the fat removed from your body is permanent which is why the results that are achieved though liposuction can be achieved at all. Having said that, to maintain the look gained because of liposuction may require self-discipline and effort to sustain in the long run.
Will fat return?
Liposuction, as previously mentioned does remove fat from the body. The fat removed is removed for good, however, genetically we’re programmed to store excess energy as fat. This means, unfortunately, after your procedure, it is possible to put fat back on if you’re not careful. If you start to consume more calories than you need, and you are not active, fat will begin to develop, and the improvements gained through liposuction may be lost.
Having the discipline to manage your weight will play a huge role in ensuring the longevity of the results achieved through your treatment.
Some weight gain after the procedure may not significantly impact your figure. Generally, weight gained after the procedure is evenly spread throughout the body. In some cases, the treated areas put on less fat than the rest of the body meaning, despite putting on some weight, the aesthetic improvements are maintained.
How to keep and maintain liposuction results?
The best way to keep and maintain the results of your procedure is to know what your ideal weight is and try to maintain that for as long as possible. Having a physical measurement, like weight, to use as a guide, can help maintain your physical appearance.
Maintaining body fat will be easier for some people than others. Here are a few suggestions that can help to maintain the results of your treatment.
- Speak to your surgeon or doctor and follow their instructions on how to maintain the results
- Watch your calorie intake and maintain a healthy diet
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat less but more frequently
- Don’t starve yourself. Eat several smaller meals rather than a few big one
- Do your regular exercises.