Men and women dealing with hair loss today have more options than ever before to combat their problem. From topical solutions to surgical procedures, advancements in hair loss treatment are getting more sophisticated every day.
Topical Solutions: Rogaine is the only FDA approved topical treatment for hair loss in men and women and can be purchased over the counter in 2% and 5% concentrations. Used twice per day in drop or foam form, this topical treatment can stop the progression and increase hair growth for as long as you use it. The downside being once you stop using it, the progress you may have made will reverse itself over time.
Latisse is FDA approved for growing eyelashes and is currently in clinical studies to obtain FDA approval for hair growth. There are positive reports of Latisse aiding in hair growth and many hair loss patients are requesting prescriptions for their scalp. We will be closely following the developments of this drug for the treatment of hair loss and will report results once available.
Oral Solutions: Currently there is only one FDA approved drug which can be taken orally. Propecia(Generic name Finasteride) Finasteride was originally developed by the drug company, Merck to treat enlarged prostate glands. During the testing on men with prostate problems a side effect of hair growth was seen. Merck and Company decided to pursue the possibility of developing finasteride as the first pill to treat male pattern baldness.
On December 22, 1997 the FDA approved a 1mg dose of finasteride for the treatment of androgenic alopecia in men (male pattern baldness). Propecia is the first drug in history to effectively treat male pattern baldness in the vast majority of men who use it.
Finasteride’s works by inhibiting Type II 5-alpha-reductace, the enzyme that converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). 1 mg of Propecia can effectively lower DHT levels by as much as 60% which has proven to stop the progression of hair loss in 86% men.
Because of potential birth defects women should not take or handle Propecia.
Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure that involves moving individual hair follicles from donorareas in the back of the head to balding areas of the top of the scalp. Hair follicles in the back and sides of the scalp that are genetically resistant to balding.
Hair grows in follicles that contain 1 to 4 hairs. Years ago these hair grafts were transplanted all over the scalp creating the “corn row” formation making for a very unnatural appearance. With today’s advanced techniques, these hairs can be made into micro grafts containing single and multiple hair grafts. The single hair grafts are transplanted into the hairline to achieve a natural appearance of one’s own growing hair, while the multiple hair follicles placed behind just as nature intended.
Not everyone is a candidate for hair transplantation. Many men and women do not have enough hair in the “donor area” that can be extracted for transplantation. These men and women have to look for alternative methods to achieve the hair that they desire.
Laser Hair Therapy:
Low Level Laser Hair Therapy is a procedure in which laser light energy is emitted on the scalp in 20 minute sessions two times each week. This light energy aids in producing blood flow to the scalp and boosting cellular metabolism aiding the follicle to produce a stronger hair shaft over time
Successfully developed and practiced in Europe, this treatment is now widely available for use in the United States.
Low Level Laser Hair Therapy is recommended for men and women in early stages of hair loss and for those experiencing excessive hair fallout. It is not recommended for men or women in advanced stages of hair loss or those who are bald. If you are in an advanced stage of hair loss or bald cosmetic procedures will yield the best results.
Results vary from individual to individual, but you can expect your hair to look healthier, fuller and thicker and stop excessive hair shedding.
Eliminating Hair Loss:
Have you ever heard of “Gene Therapy”? What would you think if we told you that someday hair loss may be eliminated completely? While so many advancements have made treatment options easier, future advancements hope to eliminate hair loss before it ever happens. Sounds like a stretch… but someday it just may happen. Don’t get your hopes up though, at this point in time the FDA has not approved any human gene therapy product.
If you are a man or woman suffering with hair loss your best bet would be to discuss your options with a hair loss professional. Don’t wait though… it’s easier to hold on to what you already have than to re-grow what you have lost!
Thinning Hair Solutions by Vito Mazza of Woodbridge has been helping men and women with their hair loss issues for over 45 years. If you or someone you know is experiencing thinning hair, call us today at (800) 685-hair. We will perform a FREE hair and scalp analysis and discuss your options in a private and comfortable setting.