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Minoxidil is an FDA-recommended hair loss treatment. This topical solution is not meant to be used for frontal baldness and should be applied to the crown of the head. However, recent studies have shown that both the oral and topical versions of this drug can counteract hair loss and regrow hair.
FUT is a hair transplantation procedure well known for causing scarring. Unfortunately, the alternative, FUE, can also cause scarring and pigmentation issues. Scalp micropigmentation, scar revision, laser scar repair, and further surgeries are all options for people interested in scar management.
There are currently only three hair loss treatments available for the treatment of androgenic alopecia: minoxidil, finasteride, and low level laser therapy. But in the future, you’ll likely have a lot more options, including powerful nutraceuticals, stem cell therapies, and even CRISPR.
There are a ton of laser therapy tools you can use for hair loss, including brushes, headbands, and helmets. But laser combs were the very first to be cleared by the FDA. These LLLT devices seem to be about as effective as finasteride in promoting hair regrowth.
Finasteride, also known Propecia®, and dutasteride, commonly called Avodart™, are both androgenic alopecia treatments. These pills are also both dihydrotestosterone blockers. However, this is where most of their similarities end. Dutasteride is much stronger than finasteride, and only finasteride is FDA-approved as a hair loss treatment in the USA.
Finasteride is an oral medication used to treat androgenic alopecia. Most people need to take this drug for at least 3 months before they start seeing results. This delay is due to the time the hair growth cycle takes. If you take finasteride irregularly or in lower doses, it will likely take even longer to see results.
Post-finasteride syndrome is a cluster of side effects that affect people taking DHT blocking medications like finasteride and dutasteride. These side effects are quite serious, ranging from mental health problems to erectile dysfunction. Post finasteride syndrome is thought to affect less than one percent of people taking DHT-blocking drugs.
Minoxidil and finasteride are both FDA-approved treatments for hair loss, but they work in completely different ways. Minoxidil increases blood flow to the scalp, while finasteride works as a hormone blocker. The way you take these medications is also different: Minoxidil is a topical solution, while finasteride is a pill you take once a day.
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a hormone that’s been associated with the progression of androgenic alopecia. When DHT binds to hair follicles, the hairs produced get thinner and smaller. Eventually, they stop being produced completely. Blocking DHT can help prevent future hair loss and stop the progression of androgenic alopecia.
All about hair loss
Hair loss has plagued people for millennia. From Ancient Egypt to modern times, it’s been a persistent thorn in our sides, affecting men, women, and sometimes even children. Yet, it’s only been in the last few decades that the reasons behind hair loss have been understood and effective treatments have been discovered.
Our aim is to provide you with accurate, up-to-date information that can help you manage your hair problems and answer all your hair-related questions. We aspire to help you separate fact from fiction so that you can skip the useless snake oil treatments and identify which products really work.
And actually, snake oil really was used as a hair loss remedy back in the day. Ancient Egyptians mixed it with ingredients like donkey hooves, porcupine spines, and hippopotamus fat and let it soak into their scalps for hours. Did this concoction work? Not a chance.
The good news is that there are many different — and most importantly, effective — treatments you can choose from today. So far, the FDA has approved options like minoxidil, finasteride, and low-level laser therapy. A few other treatments, like microneedling and ketoconazole, are also currently being explored by researchers. And as for natural remedies… well, let’s just say some of them work, while most of them don’t.
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