Medical Hair Loss Therapy

There are two FDA approved non-surgical options for treating hair loss. Minoxidil, also known as Rogaine, is available at local pharmacies as a liquid applied twice daily to the scalp. It slows hair loss and has been found to increase regrowth of hair in approximately 20-40% of patients. In order to maintain the hair minoxidil must be used on an ongoing basis. When Rogaine application is stopped any regrown hair will be eventually lost.

Non-Surgical Hair Treatment

Propecia (finasteride) is a pill prescribed by a doctor that is proven to slow the loss of hair in the back half of the head. Its outcomes are more impressive than Rogaine, and its side effects are minimal. Because of its side effects, finasteride can only be used in men and is not available for women. Both of these medications can be used in advance of severe hair loss and immediately following hair transplant surgery to improve outcomes.

Medications can slow the progression of hair loss to some extent, but hair restoration, completed by a board certified facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Frank Fechner, is the answer for many of those who have not seen results from these products or suffer from more significant loss.

Non-medical hair loss options include topical hair camouflaging products that work to either cover the scalp, or to make existing hair look denser. While these are short term solutions, (typically a spray on fiber or color or a powder that must be applied to the scalp), they are not water proof and can be messy. Wigs, hairpieces and hair systems also offer alternatives to surgery. All these options can be discussed at length with Dr. Fechner as you consult with him on the best solution for you.

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