Medicated products are one of the easiest and most commonly used methods for managing ongoing hair loss. Despite the vast amount of misinformation presented to consumers and hair loss patients, multivitamins and alternative products like snake oils have not been proven to make any improvement in hair growth whatsoever. The only two FDA-approved products currently on the market that have proven successful in clinical trials are Rogaine and Propecia.
At Carolina Hair Center, Dr. Jerry Cooley works with his patients on an individual basis to develop personalized treatment plans that include medicated products and cutting-edge treatments. By keeping himself at the forefront of hair loss science, Dr. Cooley can provide his patients with the newest advancements in hair restoration.
Hair Loss Explained
Male and female baldness is a common condition, occurring in millions of men and women of all ages. While a cure for hair loss has yet to be discovered, ongoing research has determined that the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) plays a key part in thinning hair.
As DHT production increases with, it gradually chokes off active hair follicles by disrupting their natural growth cycle. Modern medicated products for hair loss focus on controlling and mitigating the effects of DHT in order to prevent further hair loss and even revive miniaturizing follicles that have slowed down hair production.
Rogaine’s active ingredient is minoxidil, a medication initially used to treat high blood pressure. 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.
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 treatment plan consisting of both Rogaine and Propecia.
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.
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.
Carolina Hair Center
Hair loss is a complicated field filled with plenty of misinformation and false claims. At Carolina Hair Center, Dr. Cooley wants to provide you with real, effective solutions to manage your age-related hair loss. To learn more about our practice and to book an appointment, call us today at 704-542-1601.