MEDICAL THERAPY FOR HAIR LOSS
Does it work?
What is Medical Therapy for Hair Loss?
When it comes to medical options for hair loss, there are two main options.
Rogaine (topical minoxidil) and Propecia (finasteride) are the only drugs approved by the FDA to treat pattern baldness, or hair loss resulting from hereditary causes.
Rogaine is a topical solution that is applied by directly rubbing it onto the scalp where hair growth is desired. Only about 10% to 14% of the people who try this lotion experience hair growth. However, Rogaine lotion can help to slow hair loss.
Propecia is the first pill that can treat male pattern hair loss. Like all prescription products, it should be given under a doctor’s care. While it is effective, if treatment is discontinued, results may not be maintained.
What If I’m Getting a Hair Transplant?
Even with a hair transplant, we still recommend some form of medical therapy to supplement your hair growth, and to maintain the transplanted hair.
A treatment called PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is also great for supplementing a hair restoration procedure. It can also be used in conjunction with medical options.
Am I a candidate for Medical Therapy?
The type of hair loss as well as the patient’s circumstances and desires determine which hair loss treatments are most suitable.
The best way to determine which procedure is best for you is to schedule a consultation with a hair restoration expert. They will be able to determine which direction is right for your specific situation.