Medical Hair Loss Treatment

Medical hair loss treatments include finasteride which is a prescription drug that comes in the form of a pill. It is taken once daily to block the activity of an enzyme which metabolizes testosterone to an element, known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which impedes hair growth. Finasteride is not suitable for women with hair loss. Minoxidil is a medication applied to the scalp once or twice a day to promote additional blood flow to the scalp, enlarge hair follicles and keep them in the growth cycle longer. This slows the progress of hair loss and allows the hair to grow for a longer period of time. Minoxidil can treat hair loss in men and certain types of hair loss in women.

Ideal candidates for medial hair loss treatments include patients in their 20s experiencing early stages of hair loss and a person with some hair loss or thinning but are not completely bald. Women experiencing hair loss due to menopause or other hormonal changes as well as any patient with hair loss not quite ready for a hair restoration procedure.

The cost of medical hair loss treatments vary according to the place of purchase and dosage. Generic brands are available at a fraction of the cost and some stores offer member discounts. Finasteride comes in 1mg and 5 mg tablets and the cost is $60 to $75 (for a 30 pill supply). Minoxidil comes in 2% and 5% solution and costs $40-$60 per bottle. However, a generic form of minoxidil can be purchased for nearly half that price.

The results of medical hair loss treatments will not be seen immediately. Results are usually seen within three to six months from the beginning of finasteride treatments. Results from minoxidil may not be seen for four to six months. The first hairs to grow may be soft and appear colorless. However, the hair will thicken and develop into the same color as the rest of the scalp with continued use. The results of these medical hair loss treatments are not permanent. Therefore, the medication must be used on a regular basis to maintain the new hair and to keep further hair from falling out.

Androgenic Alopecia Treatments

Androgenic Alopecia Treatments

submitted on   Tue Nov, 05, 2019 by Amir Yazdan, MD     
Androgenic alopecia, which is also known as pattern baldness, is a genetically determined and progressive form of hair loss occurring on the scalp. The precise causes of androgenic alopecia are not fully understood, but sensitivity to the actions of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the hair...