There are many non-surgical hair loss treatments advertised today, and those concerned with any level of hair loss have likely tried at least one of them. When it comes to at-home treatments and procedures, it’s important to understand how each of them works to determine, with the help of our specialists, which treatment, or combination of treatments, is right for you.
Medications for hair loss can slow the process of thinning and increase coverage of the scalp by mainly by enlarging existing hair to increase volume and hair quality. Medications can be taken with or without hair transplant surgery and other hair loss treatment options depending on the needs and goals of the patient. UFP doctors recommend the use of medication for most patients receiving hair transplant surgery to maximize results and prevent further hair loss following surgery.
The two most commonly used and effective medications include Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil). Propecia is significantly more effective than Rogaine in treating hair loss, but greater results can be expected when both products are used together. Studies show when these two medications are used together, over 90% of patients show significant reduction in the rate of hair loss.
Propecia (finasteride) is an FDA-approved prescription medication used to treat hair loss (and prostate enlargement). It prevents hair loss by blocking the production of a male hormone in the scalp called androgen dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT causes hair follicles to miniaturize (shrink) in individuals susceptible to male pattern baldness resulting in hair thinning and loss.
Propecia works effectively for 90 percent of men who suffer from male pattern baldness. Propecia allows the hair follicles to enlarge and return to their healthy size which in turn allows thicker, stronger hair to grow into the scalp. DHT levels are reduced quickly after starting treatment, but it typically takes approximately three months for the follicles to recover and begin new growth. Propecia is a long-term commitment meaning that in order to maintain results the medication must be taken regularly. Discontinuing the medication will typically result in further hair loss within 3-8 months.
Side effects such as decreased libido and erectile dysfunction have been reported but are uncommon. Clinical trials of men 18-41 indicate that side effects were less than 2% and slightly higher in men older than 41 who often have other conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and peripheral vascular disease. It is important to note that the incidence of erectile dysfunction in the normal adult population is 20-30% in men under 40 and increased about 10% each year. Propecia can also alter one’s PSA level, thus affecting the PSA blood test.
Propecia is not indicated for use in women because there are no studies showing definitive improvement in women taking finasteride. There is also evidence that this medication can cause damage to a developing fetus in women who are or may become pregnant.
At this time, the hair restoration specialists at UFP Hair Restoration prescribe a topical form of finasteride (can be combined with minoxidil) which is as efficacious as the oral option with less chance of side effects. Learn more about 82F and 82M HERE.
Rogaine (minoxidil) is the other FDA-approved drug for hair loss. It helps slow the process of male or female pattern baldness and is a great solution for men and women looking maintain the hair they have. It works by strengthening and thickening existing hair follicles. It doesn’t typically cause regrowth of lost hair, but strengthens and thickens existing hair. If hair growth does occur, it is typically fine, thin regrowth.
Rogaine also requires consistent use to maintain results. When stopped, hair loss can be expected shortly thereafter.
Rogaine can be purchased over-the-counter and is a foam used topically (twice per day) to treat areas where male or female pattern baldness occurs. It comes in two different strengths; regular and extra strength. Extra strength is intended for male pattern baldness only, while the regular strength is recommended for women.
Rogaine is safe, effective, and has been used for a number of years. Side-effects are uncommon but may include itchiness and/or chest pain.
Hair Loss Supplements
At this time, Nutrafol is recommended by our top professionals as this high quality supplement is well-known to help thicken hair and can positively impact one’s health overall. There are two formulations for both men and women, with women’s supplements including additional ingredients for thyroid support.
Nutrafol is a 100% drug-free formulation that targets multiple hair loss triggers, such as stress, DHT, free radicals and poor nutrition. Not only do patients see an improvement in hair growth but with mood, sleep, skin and nails. Nutrafol can be purchased at our online store or any of our UFP locations.
Hair Care Products
Our hair restoration specialists recommend 82S, a Hair Science shampoo and natural conditioners designed to block DHT, the hormone that contributes to hair loss. Additional ingredients for hair loss include Biotin, Vitamin E, Seaweed Extract and Amino Acids. This shampoo can be purchased for $32 at our online store or at any of our UFP locations.
Certain lifestyle changes can help strengthen the quality of your hair such as consuming a protein diet rich in healthy fats to make the hair look thicker and shinier. B vitamins are also very particularly important in aiding hair growth. Great sources include chicken, fish, eggs, pork, and leafy greens, such as spinach.
Hair Injection Therapy
Hair injection therapy can be a great option for patients that are in the early stages of hair loss. It can help with regrowth of dormant hair follicles as well as strengthening and thickening of existing hair. Utah Facial Plastics recommends consulting with one of our providers to see if this treatment could be right for you.
Keravive Scalp Treatment
An unhealthy scalp can sometimes contribute to poor hair health. It can be a contributor to thinning and damaged hair, inhibiting growth. Hydrafacial Keravive(TM) is a non-invasive, relaxing and stimulating hair treatment that uses exfoliation and peptide infusion to cleanse and hydrate the scalp. It's the perfect facial for the scalp. UFP Hair Restoration provides this treatment before a hair transplant and anyone can come in and receive this stimulating and relaxing treatment.