Medications, like minoxidil and finasteride, have been found to be most effective when they are taken early in the patient’s experience with hair loss. Both drugs have been approved by the FDA to treat hair loss.
They are often combined with other treatments including hair transplants, platelet rich plasma (PRP), and low laser light therapy (LLLT). For example, medications help to achieve maximum perceived density for men and women who have hair transplants by both boosting growth in the existing hair before the procedure and by helping to stimulate growth after the transplant is complete.
The medications work in different ways, either boosting circulation or by blocking the hormones linked with hair loss. Dr. Avram will prescribe you the correct medication, depending on the cause of your hair loss. He provides each of his patients with thorough consultations to determine the best treatment or treatments to address your hair loss.
Minoxidil is better known by its brand name Rogaine. The medication is typically prescribed in a liquid or foam form that is applied directly to the scalp. Minoxidil slows or stops the rate of hair loss for most patients, although some may also see some regrowth. Minoxidil is most effective when a patient begins to use it as soon as he or she notices hair loss. The drug works by opening blood vessels and potassium channels to improve circulation, which brings essential oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles.
Finasteride, which is also called Propecia, is an FDA-approved oral medication exclusively for male pattern hair loss. Finasteride addresses hair loss by blocking the production of dihydrotestosterone, a testosterone derivative associated with hair loss.
Women can use a topical minoxidil treatment for hair loss, although they can’t take finasteride. Dr. Avram treats many women and finds that a combination of treatments delivers the best results. It’s important to remember that each person has a unique experience of hair loss and that results may vary among patients.
If you have questions about hair loss, contact Dr. Avram. You can schedule an appointment for a consultation, where Dr. Avram will answer all of your questions.