“Hair restoration includes the medical and surgical treatment of various forms of hair loss, including non-surgical. The most common cause of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia (AGA), also known as male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness.”
Non Surgical Options
Minoxidil- Approved for both men and women who have AGA
Rogaine contains Minoxidil and comes in an easy to apply foam. It can be purchased over the counter. It was first discovered in the 1980s and approved by the FDA about 20 years ago.
Finasateride- (Propecia) Can be used by men with male pattern baldness but can have some side effects. This drug was first used under the name of Proscar to treat conditions of the Prostate in 1952. It was accidentally found to have hair restoration benefits. As more research was done it was discovered that Finasteride could be used as a treatment for hair loss and in 1998 Merck and Co. released it under the name of Propecia. It was approved by the FDA and the rest is history..
Lasers- Have been tested in many clinical trials and can be used for both men and women.
First introduced to the United States by Norman Orentreich in 1952, hair transplant surgery has evolved over the decades. This method has come a long, long way and can also be used for both men and women.
FUT- Follicular Unit Transplantation
FUE- Follicular Unit Extraction
Although the history of hair restoration treatment goes back many years, there is ongoing research and new discoveries and treatments abound. The growth of this industry is phenomenal and exciting. Stay tuned…