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.

Choosing The Right Hair Transplant Surgeon

Undergoing a hair transplant procedure can be life changing but only if you are happy with the results. Using one of the best hair transplant surgeons in your area can help make sure you experience results that have a positive impact on your life.

The following are some factors you should consider when looking for a hair transplant surgeon. Taking these factors into consideration will help you determine whether the hair transplant surgeon you are using for your procedure is considered one of the best.

Are You Looking for a Female or Male Hair Transplant Procedure?

Both males and females can suffer from excessive hair loss that may be able to be corrected by undergoing a hair transplant procedure. However, just because both genders suffer from hair loss doesn’t mean that the hair loss is the same.

The cause of male and female pattern baldness is the same, but how it impacts the different genders varies. The cause of both male and female pattern baldness is dihydrotestosterone or DHT. The body creates DHT. Once created, DHT will attack hair follicles which result in the loss of hair.

When males suffer from pattern baldness, it typically shows up in patches of bald spots that start around the crown or with a receding hairline. Females, on the other hand, don’t suffer from bald patches, but instead, will suffer from a thinning of the hair. The hair will eventually become so thin that the scalp becomes extremely visible. If left untreated, females who suffer from this type of hair loss may eventually become completely bald.

The best hair transplant surgeons will understand the difference between the two types of hair loss. Understanding the difference will help these surgeons determine the best course of treatment for you so you get the results you want.

The Best Hair Transplant Surgeons Have Knowledge in All Procedures Including Strip Harvesting and FUE

When it comes to treatment for hair loss, there is no "one size fits all" option. Some patients are better candidates for strip harvesting while others may see better results with FUE treatment or even PRP therapy. The best surgeons will take time to assess your individual case and use their knowledge of various hair loss treatment options determine what procedure is right for you.

Some of the things surgeons will consider when determining what procedure is right for you to include:

  • Age
  • Preferred hair style such as wearing your hair long or short
  • Comfort level with the possibility of a linear scar
  • Ability to obtain the proper amount of grafts
  • Comfort level with the success rate as strip harvesting has a success rate of 90% or more while FUE only has an 80-85% success rate
  • Cost
  • Time restrictions as FUE treatments can take several appointments while harvesting can be done in one or two visits

If you are looking for the best hair transplant surgeons in the New Jersey area, visit Contemporary Hair Transplant. Our surgeons will assess your individual case and determine what treatment option is right for you. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

What Are The Best Hair Transplant Methods?

Hair loss might be part of life, but that doesn’t mean you need to live with it. Around 85 percent of men will have noticeable hair loss by the age of 50, according to the American Hair Loss Association. Women can also experience hair loss. About 40 percent of hair loss sufferers are women. Surgical hair restoration, also known as a hair transplant, can minimize the appearance of hair loss and reduce balding. In 2016, 16,784 hair restoration surgeries were performed, an increase of 8 percent from the year before, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Learn more about the best hair transplant methods and how to choose the method that’s right for you.

Strip Harvesting

Strip harvesting is an older method of hair restoration.  Although it’s been around for years, it is still considered a "gold standard" hair transplant method. During strip harvesting surgery, the hair restoration surgeon removes a small strip of the scalp which contains plenty of donor hair follicles. The area the strip was harvested from is closed with stitches. The surgeon then transplants those follicles to the area of the scalp where there is hair loss. 

Several factors make strip harvesting an ideal hair transplant method for certain patients. For one thing, removing all the donor hair follicles at once allows a surgeon to harvest more donor hair. A greater area of hair loss can be treated using the method. The results from strip harvesting might also be more predictable, since the follicles all come from the same area. The method is also ideal for women and men who have long hair, as there is no need to cut the hair short and the remaining hair will effectively conceal the scar.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Follicular unit extraction, or FUE, is meant to be the more updated and advanced hair transplant method. Instead of removing a strip of scalp to harvest hair follicles, the surgeon performing FUE removes individual follicles, one by one. The major benefit of the method over strip harvesting is that there is no linear scar after the hair is harvested. There’s also no need for stitches or for waiting for an incision to heal.

When performed by an experienced hair restoration surgeon, FUE has a high rate of success and requires minimal surgeries. Many patients get the results they want after just a single procedure. The one drawback of the method is that it requires the hair to be cut short, so people who wish to wear their hair long might be better off choosing strip harvesting.

The hair restoration specialists at Chuback Medical Group, which offers hair transplant New Jersey patients, perform both FUE and strip harvesting methods. To find out which method is the best for you, call 844-261-7020 and schedule an appointment through Brianna today.

Pros and Cons of Strip Harvesting Surgery

Once you’ve decided that you’re a candidate for hair restoration surgery, the next step is to determine which procedure is best for you. While follicular unit extraction (FUE) can seem like the ideal option for many patients, strip harvesting surgery is also worth considering. In fact, strip harvesting might be the better option for some patients, instead of FUE. As with any surgery, it’s a good idea to weigh the pros and cons of the procedure before deciding if it’s the best option for you.

What to Know About Strip Harvesting Surgery

Pro: More Hair Can be Transplanted

Perhaps the biggest “pro” of strip harvesting is that it it allows a surgeon to harvest more follicles for transplanting during a single session. With FUE, each follicle is harvested one by one. That means smaller scars, but it also means the procedure takes longer. A surgeon may work on a smaller area when performing FUE and opt for strip harvesting if a patient wishes to have a wider area treated.

Con: It Creates a Scar

One of the main reasons why people consider FUE over strip harvesting is because strip harvesting creates a linear scar. During the surgery, the doctor cuts away a section of scalp, then stitches the incision closed. Although it is possible for a scar to form after the incision heals, it is usually very fine and very easy to conceal with any remaining hair.

It’s also important to remember that FUE creates scars as well. The big difference is that the scars from FUE are usually very tiny pinpricks. They can be located all over the scalp, though, which can make them visible. Plus, if a patient decides to have a second FUE procedure performed, the surgeon will need to harvest additional grafts, leaving more tiny scars all over the scalp. When a second strip harvesting surgery is needed, the surgeon can work near the site of the first incision, removing the initial scar.

Pro: Hair Doesn’t Need to Be Cut Short

Not everyone likes the idea of having to cut their hair very short to undergo hair restoration surgery. For some people, such as women who regularly wear their hair long, getting a close crop is a no-go. Since the procedure involves cutting away a full strip of hair, there’s no reason to trim the hair very short before strip harvesting.

Con: Recovery Can Take Longer

One last drawback of strip harvesting. Since the surgery does involve creating an incision, recovery afterward can take longer than recovery after FUE. There might be more discomfort as the incision heals. Luckily, discomfort tends to be minimal for many patients and is easy to manage with pain relievers and rest.

Pro: Results Look Natural

Most importantly, the results you get from strip harvesting surgery look natural. It’s your own hair that’s transplanted, and that transplanted hair is there to stay. Once you start to see regrowth, it’ll be like you never had hair loss at all.

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