Medications and Procedures for Hair Loss

There are many different types of medications and treatments that can aid in preventing or minimizing hair loss.

  1. Common medications and procedure

The most common medications use to treat hair loss are minoxidil and finasteride. These medications such as Minoxidil also known as Rogain are applied directly to the scalp. Finasteride is a pill that is taken orally and helps to block the production of DHT, which is a hormone that can contribute to hair loss.

Another method of treatment besides using minoxidil or an oral pill is a hair transplant. During a hair transplant hair follicles are moved from one part of the scalp and transplanted to another part of the scalp. This is typically done in areas which have experienced significant loss of hair.

Another different method that can be used to treat hair loss is laser therapy. Laser therapy uses laser light to help stimulate hair growth. This procedure is often used in combination with minoxidil and finasteride.

3. What is the cost of each medication or procedure?

The costs can vary and other factors such as insurance can make a difference. Typically for hair transplants it is considered a cosmetic procedure and insurance will not cover it, however there may be a medical condition that would allow it to be partially covered. It is best to check with your insurance or doctor to determine the cost of each procedure and medicine.

What are the side effects of using alternative medications or procedures?

Every medicine or product could cause an unpleasant side effect. It is best to read the labels and consult with a doctor to determine how you could minimize any potential side effect and also achieve optimal results.

How does Minoxidil Work?

Minoxidil is a drug that is used to promote hair growth in men and women. It is available over the counter in a 2% and 5% solution. The 5% solution is more effective, but it can also be more irritating to the skin. Minoxidil works by dilating blood vessels which increases blood flow to the hair follicles. This increased blood flow may help promote hair growth. There have been many studies conducted which have shown minoxidil to have a positive effect on the growth of hair. As with any product results may vary from individual to individual.

How Does Finasteride Work?

Finasteride is a drug that is used to treat male pattern baldness that works by blocking the bodies ability to convert testosterone into DHT. Finasteride is available as a prescription drug in the United States. It is also available over the counter in some other countries. Finasteride is generally well tolerated. The most common side effects are sexual side effects, such as reduced libido and problems with ejaculation. These side effects are typically mild and go away after a few months of treatment.

How Does Laser Light Therapy Work for hair?

Studies have show laser light therapy of being an effective way to promote hair growth and encourage circulation. There is an FDA approval for certain laser light products on the market.