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Finasteride is known for causing unpleasant sexual side effects. Most people see side effects go away after they stop taking this drug. However, a small number of users experience a variety of long lasting issues, which are collectively known as post-finasteride syndrome.
If you have androgenic alopecia and have lost a lot of hair, FDA-approved treatments might not be able to give you the hair regrowth you were hoping for. These solutions are meant for mild to moderate hair loss. Fortunately, you have other options, like a hair transplant. FUT (follicular unit transplantation) is ideal for people with later stage hair loss.
FUE hair transplants involve the extraction of individual hair follicles. These hair grafts are generally taken from the back or lower sides of the head. However, follicles can also be taken from beard or body hair and transplanted onto your scalp. This surgical procedure is a costly but effective way to deal with hair loss.
Finasteride is an FDA-approved drug that’s effective at combating androgenic alopecia. Unfortunately, it also has various unpleasant side effects. If you’d rather use a different treatment, minoxidil and LLLT are also FDA-approved options. You can also use shampoos and supplements infused with DHT-blocking nutraceuticals.
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.