According to the rule of decades nearly 50% of all men experience some form hair loss by the age of 50 and an estimated 40% of all hair loss sufferers are women. However, most hair loss sufferers are fooled by catchy marketing phrases like "promote hair growth" and "all natural". In this article, we will go over the top 3 treatments for androgenic alopecia or genetic hair loss.
Rogaine (minoxidil) was originally used to treat blood pressure in the 1980's however, it was later discovered that one of the drugs side effects included hair growth. As a result, Rogaine (minoxidil) was tested for use as a topical treatment for regrowing hair. The results were impressive enough for the FDA to approve Rogaine (minoxidil) as a treatment option for hair loss. Rogaine (minoxidil) is one of the only proven hair loss medications approved by the FDA to treat androgenic alopecia or genetic hair loss. In addition, Rogaine (minoxidil) is the only FDA approved treatment that will also work for female patterned hair loss.
Initially, the drug company Merck manufactured the drug Proscar, the medication Proscar was a 5 mg tablet of Finasteride that was used to treat Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). Patients taking Proscar for BPH began to notice their hair loss stopped and in some cases even reversed after taking the medication. As a result, in 1997 the FDA approved 1mg of Finasteride as a hair loss treatment and the drug company Merck would name the drug Propecia. Currently, Propecia (finasteride) is the most effective drug on the market today with 66% of patients regrowing their hair after starting treatment and 83% of patients stopping their hair loss altogether. Unfortunately, women can not take Propecia (finasteride), but Rogaine (minoxidil) is still an effective treatment for women.
Hair Restoration Surgery
We have all seen the pluggy "barbie doll" and "corn row" hair transplants of the past. But today, most hair transplants go unnoticed because of the state of the art surgical techniques being used by the worlds best hair transplant surgeons. While treatments may regrow some hair and stop the progression of androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss), the only way to truly regrow hair on a completely bald part of the scalp is through a hair restoration surgery. Hair transplant surgeons are now able to "dense pack" balding areas with as many as 40-60 follicular units per square centimeter and even more in some cases.
It is imperative that hair loss sufferers consult with qualified hair restoration surgeons to understand all of the treatments available to them both surgical and non-surgical. Today, hair restoration is an ultra-refined surgical technique that is difficult to perform at the highest quality level and only a select few hair transplant surgeons perform it with consistent successful outcomes. Therefore, selecting a surgeon with a track record of producing high quality results that are ultra-refined and undetectable to the general public is the most important step in receiving a quality result.
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