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Prescriptions for PropeciaTM (Finasteride), the oral medication approved by the FDA in 1997 for
the treatment of male pattern baldness, must be prescribed by a physician.  Propecia is for men only and typically needs to be used for at least three months or more before any noticeable benefit is observed. Continued use is always recommended to sustain benefit, which should be re-evaluated from time to time.

Benefits of Propecia:

  • Stops further hair loss
  • Thickens the diameter of existing hair creating a denser and fuller head of hair
  • Helps grow hair in the crown area

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Each of these benefits are accomplished by blocking dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the male hormone that is in the scalp responsible in those individuals who are genetically disposed to hair loss.   When taken in 1 mg doses, it has been shown to stop hair loss and regrow hair in 9 out of 10 men.  Side effects occur in less than 2% of patients, and those who do experience side effects usually see them disappear within the first few months of treatment.

It is important to note that each of the above benefits could take 6 months to a year to see results. If you take the medication for a year and notice no change, keep in mind that the medication is working to keep the hair that you already have.  There are many patients that decide to discontinue the medication when they do not see additional growth, and they lose the advantage of retaining their existing hair.


Minoxidil

Minoxidil, more commonly known as RogaineTM, is a topical treatment sold without a need for a prescription, and comes in a foam. The foam is the more recommended form as it is not messy or greasy and is absorbed much better. Although Minoxidil is not as effective as Propecia, it has been shown to enhance the effect of Propecia when used in tandem.


Low Level Laser Hair Therapy

Low-level laser hair loss therapy is now recognized throughout the United States and Europe as an effective treatment for most forms of hair loss, including male and female pattern baldness, and is suitable for anyone who is experiencing thinning hair.  Click Here to read more.

Low Level Laser Therapy offers the following benefits:laser-after-femalelaser-before-female

  • Maintains existing hair
  • Helps grow hair in the crown area
  • Thickens the diameter of existing hair creating a denser and fuller head of hair