It is not unusual for men to experience hair loss or hair thinning at some point in their lives. American Hair Loss Association data says that about 85% of men will be affected by male pattern baldness by the time they are 50. Experiencing hair loss particularly at a relatively young age can be distressing and demoralizing for men as hair loss affects their self-esteem.
Thankfully, Cooley Hair Center in Charlotte, North Carolina is here to help with a variety of hair restoration services including medical treatment for male hair loss. Propecia or Finasteride is one of these treatments.
Propecia or Finasteride Hair Loss Treatment in Charlotte, North Carolina
There are only two medications clinically proven to treat hair loss in men approved by the FDA. One of them is Finasteride, also known under the brand name Propecia.
It combats hair loss by stopping conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the hormone that shrinks hair follicles and shortens their cycle, causing hair to grow thinner and more brittle leading to hair loss. A milligram dose of Propecia decreases DHT levels by 60% when taken daily.
Propecia has impressive effects in both stopping or slowing further hair loss, as well as producing re-growth. The effects are greatest on the crown however it also benefits follicles in the frontal area as well.
The Facts about Propecia and Its Effects
There is much misinformation about Propecia or Finasteride. Here we will correct these misconceptions.
One myth is there are adverse effects such as erectile dysfunction, low libido and more. However, the true incidence of these side effects is still unknown. In fact, the FDA noted that side effects are relatively rare and only a small percentage of men using Finasteride reported experiencing sexual adverse effects.
Propecia’s effects are reversed when treatment stops, although some effects may continue even after they stop taking it. Other side effects, observed in a very low number of Finasteride users, include depression, breast tenderness, skin rash, and testicular pain.
So the fact is, Propecia works and the adverse effects are rare.
Additionally, two new approaches have been developed to further reduce potential side effects:
Low Dose Propecia: while the amount of Finasteride is less, this has been found to be almost as effective as oral treatment with less complaints of side effects.
Topical Propecia: Finasteride applied on the skin is reported to have fewer side effects.
This shows the importance of discussing the treatment with your physician. After your doctor’s advice on the effectiveness of Finasteride, you should be able to know whether the benefit of improving hair growth and density outweighs the small risk of the possible side effects.