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List of Treatments for Baldness or Loss of Hair Hair Transplantation Compared to Rogaine and Propecia Depends on Cause of Alopecia

March 15th 2006

List of Treatments for Baldness or Loss of Hair  Hair Transplantation Compared to Rogaine and Propecia  Depends on Cause of Alopecia


Continued From First Page:  The treatment may depend on the causes for the hair loss.  There are medications that can be effective.  These medications are less effective the more extensive the hair loss is.  Here are some of the medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Minoxidil (Rogaine) is an over the counter medication that can be used for both androgenetic alopecia and alopecia areata.  This is a liquid that can be rubbed on the scalp twice daily to regrow hair and prevent hair loss. There are two strengths available.

You may notice that the new hair that grows back is thinner and shorter after using Rogaine, but it may be enough to hide the bald spots or make them less noticeable.  The new hair will quit growing soon after Rogaine is discontinued.


Finasteride (Propecia) is a pill taken daily to treat male pattern baldness.  Many people taking finasteride experience a slowing of hair loss, and some may show some new hair growth. Positive results may take several months.  Propecia works by inhibiting the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT).  DHT is a hormone that shrinks hair follicles and is a common cause for male hair loss.  Some of the side effects for Propecia include diminished sex drive and sexual function, and the benefits stop as soon as you quit using it. Propecia is not approved for women because the drug may cause serious birth defects.

Injections of cortisone (Corticosteroids) into the scalp can treat alopecia areata.  This treatment is usually repeated monthly and pills and ointments may also be prescribed for extensive hair loss. 


Anthralin (Drithocreme) is available as either a cream or an ointment.  This is a synthetic tarry substance that you apply to the scalp daily.  It is washed off after the application.  It is usually used to treat psoriasis, but doctors can prescribe it to treat other skin conditions. Anthralin may stimulate new hair growth for cases of alopecia areata.

There are a couple surgical options as well.  These treatments can be expensive and painful.  Hair transplants are available to to treat androgenetic alopecia when other methods have failed.  This procedure involves taking tiny plugs of skin containing several hairs and implanting them into bald areas.  There may be several sessions involved in this treatment. 


You may want to consider scalp reduction.  Here the surgeon actually reduces the area of bald skin on the head.  Doctors can also fold hair-bearing skin over an area of bald skin in a scalp reduction technique called a flap.  Scalp reduction can be combined with hair transplantation to fashion a natural looking hairline. 

If you have any of these surgical procedures performed make sure the surgeon is board-certified in dermatology.  You may want to check local and state medical boards for a record of patient complaints before choosing a doctor.  It is recommended that you confirm the cause of your hair loss and review all treatment options, including non-surgical ones.

Wigs and hairpieces are a nonsurgical alternative to hair loss.  If you are unable to improve your balding condition with medication, this option can be used for both either permanent or temporary hair loss.  Quality, natural-looking wigs and hairpieces are available.

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