Non-surgical Hair Replacement Boston
Currently only two hair restoration medications, namely Minoxidil (Rogaine®) and Finasteride (Propecia®) have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after appropriate double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials. Many products are advertised and marketed with a claim for hair restoration, but few have ever been subjected to the clinical trials necessary with proven safety and efficacy.
RogaineMinoxidil (Rogaine®) — a topical solution is available over-the-counter in 2% and 5% strengths. The efficacy of Minoxidil varies among different individuals. When effective, Minoxidil can retard hair loss and stimulate new hair growth. Its mechanism of action is not well understood. Best results with minoxidil are often achieved by combining the topical solution with hair restoration surgery.
PropeciaFinasteride (Propecia®) — a prescription oral medication that prevents and retards hair loss. It is a competitive and specific inhibitor of Type II 5 alpha reductase, an intracellular enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone DHT in the peripheral tissues. Research has shown that hairs on the front and on the vertex are ultra sensitive to dihydrotestosterone DHT that causes baldness. Finasteride is one of the treatment options for male pattern hair loss in MEN ONLY and should not be taken by women. Women of child-bearing age, or women who are pregnant or desire to become pregnant should not handle Finasteride, as it could cause abnormalities of a male baby’s sex organs. Like any other medications, the efficacy of Finasteride varies among individuals. Finasteride works best for early to moderate degrees of hair loss. Men with extensive hair loss are unlikely to regrow all their hair, giving the treatment very limited benefit. Regrowth associated with Finasteride is better over the crown of the scalp than at the frontal receding hairline. Our experience tells us that Finasteride is most effective when used in conjunction with hair transplantation.