List of Treatments
for Baldness or Loss of Hair – Hair Transplantation Compared to Rogaine
and Propecia – Depends on Cause of Alopecia
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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
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
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.
By Dan Wilson
Books on Cosmetic Surgery
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