Prescription and nonprescription medical treatments offer those experiencing early stages of hair loss some relief, and assist with maintaining a fuller, and more balanced appearance. Transplantation may be needed in the distant future; however, for some patients, topical creams, shampoos, and medications can revitalize and stimulate the existing follicles to slow down, and control hair loss. After a transplant, a patient may continue with these methods as well, to maintain the strongest results possible.
Connecticut Hair Centers prescribes two FDA-approved medications for reducing hair loss:
Rogaine (Minoxidil): This over-the-counter foam or lotion is directly applied to the scalp and is designed for men and women. Rogaine works by stimulating stunted follicles related to hereditary loss, and then assists with producing thicker-looking hair. Patients are advised to use Rogaine two times per day, every day; however, results don’t become apparent until the product is used for at least four months. In the meantime, patients may shed older, thinner hairs.
Propecia (Finasteride): This prescription-only drug taken daily blocks testosterone from converting to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and thus is only designed for men. For male pattern hair loss on the vertex and anterior mid-scalp area, this medication takes six to nine months to produce results.
The FDA approved this non-chemical, non-invasive, and painless procedure since 1998. Administered in the office with a hood-shaped device or with a handheld unit at home, low-level laser light therapy (LLLT) applies cool laser lights at a consistent 660m wavelength to the scalp to stimulate cellular growth. The cells, then, absorb the light to stop hair loss. Patients who have more hair or who are in the early stages of hair loss tend to have more success with this procedure.
Various nonprescription solutions, applied to the scalp or hair, assist with camouflaging an uneven appearance or create the look of fuller hair:
Connecticut Hair Centers offers some of the most advanced hair treatments and technologies. If you find yourself in the early stages of hair loss, work with our experienced professionals to explore prescription or nonprescription medical treatments. Contact our office to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today.