The root causes of the different factors that lead to baldness were not accurately identified until the 80’s and, as a result, there used to be a wide variety of products that claimed to stop hair loss and stimulate hair growth. Few of them used scientific methods to prove their effectiveness, and even fewer serious laboratories challenged their results.
However, all kinds of hair-loss treatment products were developed, ranging shampoos, soaps, creams, lotions, and massages to electromagnetic machines, and even certain products of dubious reputation, which only the bravest and most desperate have dared to try.
Today, there are medications with scientifically-proven effectiveness for stopping hair loss and stimulating the growth of hair not yet lost. There are direct-application – also known as topical – treatments, as well as oral treatments.
What can I expect from either of these treatments?
Great results can be expected from both treatments, however, it is important to note that these can only stop and prevent hair loss in those areas when there’s still capacity to regenerate hair. In those cases where this capacity has been lost, it is impossible for new hair to start to grow up again. In these type of situations, a hair transplant is required.
It is a medication that lowers the levels of the hormone “DHT” by inhibiting the enzyme (5-alpha reductase) that converts testosterone into DHT.
It is the first orally-administered medication that has clinically proven to stop hair loss and promote growth in areas where only peach fuzz is left. It is FDA-approved.
Finasteride is only indicated for hair loss in men, and it is sold in 1-mg pills. You can see a response after the sixth month of use, and the most common brands are: Propecia, Forcles, Renacidin, Andropel, Capilfor, Pelicrep, Tricofarma, and Sutrico.
This medicine should be taken daily for the rest of the person´s life, otherwise hair loss will return. If you forget to take it, do not try to “make up the missed day” by taking two pills the following day. Just continue with your daily regimen, but try not to forget too often.
You will start to see results with Finasteride after the sixth month, when you will notice that hair stops falling out. People that suffer from hair thinning with miniaturization (tiny hair) will experience the best results; however, these cannot be expected for type VI or VII advanced hair loss.
Not everyone who takes Finasteride responds well to treatment. 15% of patients will continue losing hair despite taking the medication. A decreased libido and erectile dysfunction (partial erection or complete lack thereof) have also been reported in 5% of patients.
Remember that you should never start a treatment without first consulting a doctor.
This treatment was originally used to treat enlarged prostate, but at a dose 5 times greater, under the trademark “PROSCAR”.
Should Finasteride be taken when you have a hair transplant?
This is a question very frequently asked by our patients at Gardel Hair Restoration Institute. Although we feel that Finasteride can be a good complement to hair transplant, in the end it is a very personal choice to delay or play around with how long you can keep hair affected by androgenic baldness.
In our experience, transplanted hair will grow naturally for the rest of a person’s life, without the need for medications. The growth of transplanted hair is guaranteed for life because its pilous follicle contains a genetic code making it resistant to the hormone that causes baldness. Therefore, it is of great importance to note that our specialists carefully select the pilous follicles to achieve a successful restoration.
Propeshia does, however, serve a very useful purpose for men who want to reduce progressive loss of hair that was NOT transplanted.
Not yet marketed for treating baldness, since it has not been approved by the FDA. Patients who are willing to risk their health without waiting for approval by the competent authorities, use 0.5 mg capsules.
The best-known brands are: Avodart, Avidart, Avolve, Dutas, Duprost, and Dutagen. The response is considerably better than with Finasteride, but the adverse side effects are also greater.
Response time is approximately four months. Perhaps somewhat faster than Finasteride.
To see noticeable changes in your scalp, you will have to wait at least four months. Maximum results tend to appear after a year. Consistency is key, since it is a long-term treatment.
Remember to never start a treatment without first consulting a doctor.
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