Non-Surgical Treatments for Hair Loss in Charlotte

Cooley Hair Center offers a variety of methods to treat hair loss and thinning hairlines. For those whose hair loss has not reached the point where a hair transplant is warranted, or for those who would prefer less invasive procedures or non-surgical treatments, we have several hair restoration therapies and products that can help them repair their hairlines. This is also why early diagnosis and treatment is important when it comes to hair loss; so its effects can be controlled or reversed before it reaches the point where a hair transplant is required. Dr. Jerry Cooley at the Cooley Hair Center in Charlotte, NC offers medical, non-invasive hair restoration treatments such as Rogaine and Propecia as well as therapies like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and Acells.

Rogaine for Hair Loss

Cooley Hair Center’s Rogaine treatment helps patients slow down their hair loss. Rogaine is especially effective on:

* Thin hair
* Beards
* Receding hairlines

Rogaine’s active ingredient is minoxidil, a medication initially used to treat high blood pressure in patients. When doctors noticed that their patients also experienced unexpected and increased hair growth, its pivotal role as a treatment for hair loss was discovered.

Rogaine is prescribed in the form of a foam or liquid that is applied to the scalp once or twice daily. With regular use, Rogaine can slow down further hair loss and help patients keep more of their existing hair. Rogaine will not regrow hair or fill in bald spots, but patients who use Rogaine regularly have been shown to lose less hair than those who do not manage their hair loss. This medication is also useful for treating hair loss in women.

Rogaine works by dilating blood vessels that nourish hair follicles in the scalp, directly counteracting the follicle-shrinking effects of DHT. Rogaine will not completely stop hair loss, however, and hair growth will continue to decrease, albeit at a much slower rate. In order to provide the best approach towards fighting hair loss, Dr. Cooley recommends a combination treatment plan consisting of both Rogaine and Propecia.

Propecia or Finasteride

Propecia works to reduce the conversion of testosterone into DHT, helping to prevent further hair loss. By decreasing the presence of DHT in the scalp, dormant hair follicles are often revived and can begin producing hair again. Like Rogaine, hair loss will not completely stop even with the regular use of Propecia. However, patients who utilize both Rogaine and Propecia as part of a comprehensive treatment plan can expect a significant improvement in the rate of their hair loss and even the thickness of their remaining hair.
Like Rogaine, Propecia was not originally intended for use as a hair loss medication. Its main active ingredient, finasteride, is regularly used for treating enlarged prostates in men. Once patients began reporting increased hair growth, finasteride was repurposed as a hair loss medication.

What are the side effects of Propecia?

The FDA noted that side effects are relatively rare and only a small percentage of patients reported experiencing sexual adverse effects.
Propecia’s effects are reversed when treatment stops, although some may continue even after. Other effects, observed in a very low number of users include depression, breast tenderness, skin rash, and testicular pain.
The fact is, Propecia works and the adverse effects are rare.
New approaches have been developed to reduce side effects:
Low Dose Propecia: while the amount of Finasteride is less, this is almost as effective as oral treatment with less complaints of side effects.
Topical Propecia: applied on the skin, reported to have fewer side effects.
It is important to discuss the treatment with your physician. After your doctor’s advice, you should know whether the benefit of improving hair growth and density outweighs the small risk of the possible side effects.

PRP for Follicle Rejuvenation

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy has grown in popularity in recent years as a successful treatment for genetic hair loss and we are proud to offer it at our clinic.

PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma, a small amount of your blood is drawn and then put in a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the blood cells, creating a concentrated solution full of growth factors. Using precise injections, Dr. Cooley will then administer the PRP to the thinning and balding areas of the scalp, where it will go to work reactivating aging follicles and promoting hair growth in the treated area. With a direct infusion of growth factors and nutrients from PRP, follicles that have slowed down their growth or have stopped producing hair altogether are rejuvenated and begin growing thicker, denser hair.

According to studies, an estimated 70% of patients experience optimal results following treatment. New hair growth may be evident in as few as one session, but most patients benefit from a series of injections scheduled during a 3-4 month period, followed by routine maintenance appointments throughout the year.
While PRP injections on their own can show favorable results for the majority of patients, they work best as one part of a broader approach to hair loss.


Interested in non-surgical and non-invasive treatments for hair loss? To learn more, contact Cooley Hair Center. We serve patients in and around Charlotte, N.C. including Huntersville, Concord, and Gastonia. We also serve out of state and international patients.