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 been proven successful in clinical trials are Rogaine and Propecia.

At Cooley Hair Center, Dr. Jerry Cooley works with his patients individually 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 pattern hair loss or androgenic alopecia is a common condition affecting millions of men and women of all ages. In men, symptoms of male pattern baldness include a receding hairline on the forehead, bald patches, and thinning hair on top of the head. In women, the first signs may be a widening part and thinning on top or across the whole head. 

Common causes of hair loss include alopecia areata, telogen effluvium, tinea capitis, poor nutrition, and thyroid problems. 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 hair thinning.

As DHT production increases, it gradually chokes off active hair follicles by disrupting their natural growth cycle. Modern medicated products for hair loss like Propecia or Rogaine for women focus on controlling and mitigating the effects of DHT 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, doctors discovered its pivotal role as a treatment for hair loss or androgenetic alopecia.

Rogaine is prescribed in the form of a foam or liquid that is applied to the scalp once or twice daily. Rogaine can slow down further hair loss and help patients keep more of their existing hair with regular use.

 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. Unlike Propecia, Rogaine is also recommended for women’s hair loss treatment.

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


Like Rogaine, Propecia was not initially 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 treatment for men. 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 other hair loss treatments, both Rogaine and Propecia are not free from side effects but only carry minimal risks to patients. 

To discover what type of hair loss you have and start your journey to hair regrowth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Cooley and his staff today. 

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Cooley by name, cool by nature. Very professional practice. All staff are excellent and focussed 100% on you. All after care is explained deeply. Dr Cooley and Brandi stayed back late to ensure I got an excellent result. I can not fault the experience so far. I highly recommend Dr Cooley to any one considering a HT. Do your research, he is definitely top 5 in the world. Remember this is is your face, you wear it every day. Thank you to all.
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Had a transplant with Dr Cooley in 2016. Best money I ever spent. He changed my life. I cannot recommend him enough.
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The most down to earth guy with amazing bedside manners and in depth knowledge of the subject. He is not somebody who will show off his expertise and as they say action speaks louder than words. If you want a genuinely skilled physician whose only goal to take care of patients in the honest possible way, he is the man. Great experience. Thank you Dr Cooley.
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My experience with Dr. Cooley and his staff has been simply amazing....bottom-line excellent. I had my procedure done about 4 weeks ago, and he has been responsive every single time I asked questions throughout my initial healing period. During the procedure, Dr Cooley and his staff were unbelievable patient, professional and went above & beyond.
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Hair loss is a complicated field filled with plenty of misinformation and false claims. At Cooley 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.