Treatment of male pattern baldness and various types of alopecia.
Alopecia or as it is commonly known, hair loss, is a great problem among men and women of different ages and coming from different backgrounds. Due to stress, sudden weight loss, malnutrition and other factors, alopecia can start to develop in people who otherwise had had a healthy hair.
According to your skin and hair type, there are various medical treatments which can help restore your beautiful hair and improve your self-confidence. Among the medication usually prescribed for men suffering from alopecia, there is a minoxidil (5%) based solution called Rogaine, used to regrow hair on the top of the scalp. This treatment is to be undergone only by men who are over 18 and who are not using other medicine on the scalp. The side of the carton of this product shows several hair loss pictures in order to give you an idea of what kind of alopecia you should suffer from in order to use this treatment.
Finasteride is another treatment you can undergo in order to treat baldness. This drug was initially meant to treat enlarged prostate glands, but researchers noticed hair growth as a side-effect. Propecia (Finasteride) became thus the first drug in history to effectively treat male pattern baldness in the majority of men who use it. Researchers have concluded that, at the moment, the only truly effective medically proven way to reverse the process of hair loss is to lower DHT (dihydrotestosterone) levels, the androgen responsible with shrinking and miniaturizing the hair follicle (a process that leads to baldness) and this is exactly how Finasteride works. It is important to know from the outset that Propecia is also suitable only for men, since it might have serious side-effects in the treatment of baldness in women.
In the case of the Rogaine treatment, results become visible within two months, up to a year. Although it has been proven efficient in about two thirds of the men who have used the treatment, this does not guarantee results for every man. This is why a specialized medical consultation is necessary prior to undergoing the minoxidil treatment. The minoxidil treatment is rather safe and the only observed side-effects are potential scalp irritation or an initial hair loss increase.
On the other hand, Propecia (Finasteride) has proven efficient in about 80% of men alopecia cases with visible results in three up to six months of treatment. What you need to know is that you must continue using Propecia in order to maintain any benefits of hair growth. Otherwise, the hair you managed to restore might fall. This hair restoration treatment is also rather safe. However, researchers did discover certain side-effects such as a reduced sex drive or temporary impotence while on medication.
Before resorting to any of the two above mentioned treatments or others, you should consult a doctor and have your scalp evaluated before taking any medication. This is important in order to benefit from the best hair restoration results of the treatment and to avoid potential side-effects. At Renew Skin & Health Clinic, our specialists will provide you with a professional consultation, analyze your medical history and prescribe you the most suitable hair loss medication for your particular type of alopecia.