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Medical Therapy for Hair Loss

MEDICAL THERAPY FOR HAIR LOSS

Unfortunately, hair loss is a chronic, progressive condition for which there is no “cure” at this time.  However, we do have several options available to help slow its progression, stabilize the affected hair follicles, and possibly increase the thickness and density of the remaining hairs that have not been terminally shed.  

FDA-Approved Options

1. Rogaine (aka minoxidil)

Available over-the-counter at low cost.  This low risk option may help many patients slow the progression of their hair loss and could lead to some improvement in density.  Minoxidil is used topically on the scalp and is approved at the 5% strength for men and at the 2% strength for women.

2. Propecia (finasteride)

Originally used as a drug to shrink enlarged prostate glands, it was found to lead to increased hair regrowth in patients with male pattern hair loss.  It may be prescribed by a physician after discussion of possible associated risks.  (only FDA approved in men)

Other Options-

1. PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

A new and cutting edge treatment option for men and women with hair loss, PRP involves drawing the patient’s own blood in the office and processing it with a machine called a centrifuge to separate out the platelets and growth factors they secrete. The platelets and growth factors are injected into the scalp in the areas of hair thinning and may lead to increased density and hair shaft thickness.

2. LLLLT (Low Level Laser Light Therapy)

Involves exposing the struggling hair follicles to laser light within a very specific wavelength range using a device which the patient wears on their head in the comfort of their own home.  Typically used for 30 minutes three times weekly.   

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