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Hair Loss can be safely treated in most cases. There are many hair loss treatments available in the market – medical and non-medical. Finasteride and minoxidil (Rogaine) are known to be 85 percent effective for inducing new hair growth. It is better to start early to see the best results.
Hold about 60 hairs in your hand and gently pull from the scalp. If more than 6 hairs detach (>10%) then it is usually an indication of hair loss.
Hair loss is a receding hairline, thinning hair, and eventual bald patches. Men can suffer from hair loss at different ages, more frequently after 50’s. Hair loss can be treated safely. Talk to us to find the right treatment that works for you.
Hair loss, also known as alopecia, affects most men at some point in their lives. There are different causes of hair loss and some of them can be managed with treatment products such as Finasteride or Minoxidil (Rogaine). Both pharmaceutical medications are available either as prescription medicine or as over-the-counter treatments.
Finasteride acts like a barrier that prevents your body’s testosterone from converting into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The androgenic hormone of DHT causes the hair follicles to gradually lose their strength, which over time, leads to hair loss. When this testosterone is blocked, it reduces the DHT levels in the body which stops the powerful hormone from reaching hair follicles, prolonging the hair loss process. To reap the benefits of finasteride, it has to be taken every day for at least three months to see results. It takes a little patience and some commitment but it has been a proven drug to combat hair loss. For now, the effects of Finasteride only last as long as the product is taken. Learn more about Finasteride
Minoxidil (Rogaine) is a vasodilator, meaning it widens the blood vessels and increases blood flow into areas of the body. Minoxidil applied to the scalp activates the walls of the blood vessels allowing more blood flow to scalp and hair follicles. This induces an early anagen phase when applied to your scalp, in turn, causes the hair follicles to accelerate through the rest of the growth phase. Minoxidil starts showing results after the six months mark with a few or no noticeable changes in the first three months. It is recommended to use this treatment for at least a year to see the actual results of the drug. Learn more about Minoxidil
There will likely be no visible change in the first two months. Though some people may shed more fine hairs than before. This is temporary and normal.
At this point, it may become noticeable that hair loss has slowed, stopped, or in some cases maybe even reversed. Take a photo to track your progress.
By now, hair loss may have considerably slowed or stopped, and some people may see signs of regrowth (usually at the crown of the head). Consistent daily treatment is required to maintain results and increase the chance of regrowth.
Our physicians may prescribe finasteride (generic Propecia) to treat male pattern hair loss (androgenic alopecia). This medication helps patients maintain the hair they have or possibly even regrow some hair they have lost.
You can also get minoxidil (generic Rogaine), an over-the-counter topical treatment, to slow or even stop hair loss at the crown of the head.
Your doctor may recommend the use of finasteride combined with minoxidil.
Finasteride is not appropriate for all men and should never be used by women or handled by pregnant women.
The most common side effects associated with minoxidil are local skin irritation. Systemic side effects are rare as less than 2% of it gets absorbed.
Like most medications, finasteride is not safe for everyone. In clinical trials, less than 2% of men experienced sexual dysfunction due to finasteride. In addition, finasteride can lower serum prostate-specific antigen and may increase the risk of high-grade prostate cancers. Talk to our medical practitioners about your concerns and they will be able to answer all your questions. Finasteride is not approved for use in women, and pregnant women should not handle finasteride.
Just as no drug works on everyone, no drug is 100% safe, and finasteride is no exception. Becoming familiar with the possible side effects will help you identify if you are one of the men who experience them. If you do, you should stop immediately and inform your doctor.
Finasteride and minoxidil typically take 3 to 4 months of daily use to start seeing visible changes. It can take up to a year to see the maximum results. As long as you don’t experience side effects, it’s best to continue the medication for one full year before deciding on whether it is doing all it can for you. Like all medications, finasteride and minoxidil will work differently for different people. View the important safety information.
Hair loss treatment can work to preserve hair and possibly even regrow hair. In one study, Finasteride was effective at stopping hair loss in 83% of men compared to 28% for the placebo group.