The Benefits of Finasteride

If you’re a guy who’s experiencing hair loss, you don’t have to sit there and take it. You have many options for treatment, ranging from the Cappilus Laser Hat to scalp micropigmentation. Other treatment options include surgery and medications.  Finasteride is a prescription hair loss medication that can help treat male pattern baldness.  Learn more about finasteride, also known as Propecia, and see if it’s a good hair loss treatment for you.

What is Propecia?

Propecia is the brand name of finasteride, a 5-alpha-reductace inhibitor. Finasteride was originally marketed as a medication to help guys with prostate issues. But doctors conducting the clinical trials noticed that it also seemed to help regrow hair. In the late 1997s, the FDA approved the medication for treating male pattern baldness.

To understand how Propecia works, it helps to understand male pattern baldness. Male pattern baldness occurs in guys who are sensitive to  dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a stronger form of testosterone. DHT causes certain hair follicles, usually those on the top of the scalp, to shrink, or miniaturize. The shrunken follicles are no longer able to produce healthy hair.  Propecia  blocks 5-alpha-reductase, the enzyme that transforms testosterone into DHT.

Benefits of Propecia for Men

During clinical trials for the medication, about 86 percent of the men who took it saw their hair loss stop. About 65 percent saw regrowth of hair, according to WebMD. Propecia is so far that only medication available that is able to lower the levels of DHT in a man’s body. It’s often recommended as the first line of treatment against male pattern baldness by the American Hair Loss Association.

Another benefit of finasteride is that it can be taken on its own or used along with another hair restoration procedure to improve results. For example, your doctor might prescribe Propecia after hair restoration surgery to help slow down or halt the progression of hair loss in untreated areas of the scalp. The Capillus Laser Hat can help stimulate hair growth along with taking finasteride.

Side Effects of Propecia

It’s important to understand that Propecia can cause a number of side effects, some of them more severe than others.  One of the most noteworthy side effects is a loss of libido, which can last for as long as you take the medicine. Such side effects are usually very rare, though and affect a very small percentage of patients.

Another thing to know about Propecia is that you need to continue to take it to see the benefits. Hair loss can progress or return if you go off of the medication for any reason. 

Also, Propecia is for men only.  Women shouldn’t take it and it’s particularly important that women who are pregnant not even touch it, as handling crushed finasteride tablets can cause birth defects in male fetuses.

While Propecia can be an effective hair loss treatment for many men, it’s not your own option. To learn more about hair restoration and other hair loss treatments, call 844-261-7020 to schedule a consultation at Contemporary Hair Transplant in Paramus, NJ today.



How To Prevent Hair Loss In Women

Hair loss is not only extremely frustrating for our female patients, but it can be embarrassing. Luckily, if treatment is sought from an experienced hair transplant surgeon early on, steps can be taken to prevent extensive hair loss.

Discovering the Cause of Hair Loss in Women

The key to preventing hair loss in women is to discover what is causing the hair to fall out or recede. Several things can cause hair loss ranging from certain medical conditions to hormone levels and genetics. Discovering the cause can help surgeons and doctors develop a customized female hair loss cure that can help you.

The most common cause of hair loss in women is genetics. Women can inherit female pattern hair loss from either their father or their mother.

Female pattern hair loss can start at any age. Women who suffer from female pattern hair loss will start to notice a visible thinning of the hair around the crown of the head specifically in the front and along the temples. This type of thinning of the hair is unique to female pattern baldness.

Other causes of hair loss in women can include:

  • Low ferritin levels
  • Certain types of medications
  • Alopecia
  • Certain medical treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy

Making Changes to Prevent Hair Loss in Women

Many people strongly believe that changing how you brush and care for your hair can help prevent hair loss. Unfortunately, this is a myth.

In most cases, female hair loss is caused by genetics or certain medical conditions. Changing how you brush your hair or the type of shampoo that is used will not prevent you from losing your hair.

The only preventative step women can take for female hair loss is to try Rogaine. Rogaine is an FDA approved a daily topical medication that has been proven to successfully help women regrow their hair. Unfortunately, it can take months for you to see noticeable results with the use of Rogaine.

Permanent Hair Loss Treatment Options

Female patients who want a more permanent solution for their hair loss may want to consider surgical hair transplant procedures, such as strip harvesting and FUE. Both of these procedures take healthy hair from a donor site and surgically transplant it onto the patient’s head to help cover up the baldness.

While both strip harvesting and FUE procedures are often reserved for men suffering from hair loss, they can help a very small percentage of women with their hair loss. Whether or not you will be a good candidate for this type of hair loss treatment will depend upon the health of the hair on the donor site. If the hair is strong and healthy, a surgical hair transplant may be an option.  

Call us today to schedule an appointment to discuss hair loss front of head female pattern baldness treatment options. Our doctors will gladly assess your individual case and provide unique treatment option recommendations that can help you find a female hair loss cure.