Top 5 Hair Loss Treatments
In this post you will learn about the top 5 hair loss treatments available today.
#1 Propecia (finasteride)
Propecia (finasteride) is, and has known for the last years, the only “FDA approved” treatments for hair thinning, together with Minoxidil.
Propecia was approved in the late nineties, and is a 1 mg version of the 5 mg drug to treat prostate, Proscar which came out in the early nineties.
Since its arrival there has been much misconception about its efficacy and side effects, ranging from permanently destroying your libido and sexual functions to even grow a female breast, easy to take pill that is a (permanent ?) cure for baldness.
It has been found that the most of the studies conducted assessing its safety and efficacy have been sponsored by the industry itself.
Propecia works by blocking the formation of an important hormone called DHT, and in many cases it does stop hair loss: the problem is that this hormone is needed for many important body functions, and also as soon as one stop taking he drug, hair loss begins.
So it is not a permanent solution, unfortunately.
#2 Rogaine or Minoxidil
Minoxidil is a product that widens blood vessels and increases the flow of blood in the upper part of the scalp.
By enlarging the blood vessels and opening the channels of potassium, it allows more oxygen, blood, and nutrients to the hair follicles.
This stimulates hair growth and tends to stop hair loss.
- It works only where applied, and this means that’s since it’s a topical, its internal effects are minimal.
- It’s safer than propecia.
- Doesn’t interfere with the hormones.
- As soon as you stop taking it, your hair starts falling out again
- It only slows down the hair loss process, doesn’t really stop it.
- Has some bad side effects like irritation of the eye and of the treated area, as well as unwanted hair growth in other parts of the body.
# 3 PRP or Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy.
PRP is a new emerging technology and technique used mostly sports medicine. Lately it has been used also as a hair loss treatment.
This therapy begins with collection of about 30 milliliters of the patient’s blood.
This blood is then placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from all the other components of blood.
Doctors inject the concentrated platelets into the part of the body injured and they promote the natural body growth factors that are essential to repair injured tissues.
The growth factors that the platelets secrete stimulate tissue recovery, and can be used successfully to prevent and slow down hair loss too.
The only problem is that it doesn’t eliminate the basic causes of hair loss ( poor blood flow and DHT) and even though it may slow down your hair thinning, it will not stop it completely.
#4 Prostaglandin D2 (PGD2)
A group of dermatologists from the University of Pennsylvania have found an enzyme, called prostaglandin D2 (PGD2), that they believe forces hair follicles to stop producing new hair.
In several men with hair loss, PGD2 levels were found to be 3 times superior in bald spots than in areas full of hair.
Some drugs are already available that reduce PGD2 levels, but again also in this case the problem is that the basic reasons that really trigger hair loss are not resolved by this treatment, and the resuts may be discontinue.
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