Over the last decade, the hair transplant industry has grown by nearly 70%. In some countries, the amount of hair transplant surgeries performed a year has tripled in a few years. Here are some hair raising facts, most men will develop hair loss by the age of 35, and 25% of men will see signs of thinning in their 20's. There is a huge demand for hair loss products, but the reality is few products deliver. In this article, we will be discussing which treatments have been proven to treat androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss).
Normalizing Hair Loss Treatment
A lot of tech start-up companies like Hims, Keeps, and Roman have launched massive social media campaigns aimed at young men struggling with hair loss. These campaigns geared towards normalizing hair loss treatment using catchy phrases like "hair today, hair tomorrow" tag-lines like this are posted all over social media feeds. These online tech companies offer pharmaceutical hair loss treatments without needing to go to a doctor's office, and this is without a doubt, making it easy for men everywhere to treat hair loss.
The drug Propecia (finasteride) is a drug that inhibits the conversion of testosterone into DHT. DHT is the main culprit for causing male pattern baldness. To date, finasteride is the most effective drug, but the prescription has a lot of controversy and horror stories. Recently, we uncovered that Merck, the makers of Propecia allegedly withheld side effect information from the public. Thousands of men have filed lawsuits claiming that the drug has given them permanent sexual dysfunction and depression. In some cases, the drug has is linked with suicide.
Most Products Don't Work.
The majority of hair loss products on the market today don't do anything besides drain the bank account. Most of these so-called treatments are nothing more than glorified vitamins. Companies love to use phrases like 'promote hair growth' and 'support healthy hair.' Promoting hair growth and supporting healthy hair does absolutely nothing for genetic hair loss.
Minoxidil Works and Is Cheap
Minoxidil is the active ingredient in Rogaine and has been proven to be effective at treating male pattern hair loss. Unfortunately, the price can range from $60 a bottle to $3 a bottle. The liquid formulations contain propylene glycol, which can cause some irritation for some users. However, the liquid formula is generally cheaper and absorbed better into the scalp.
Hair Transplant Surgery is #1
The only proven method of growing hair on a bald scalp is through surgical hair restoration. Rogaine and Propecia may prevent, slow, or even stop the progression of hair loss, but they rarely regrow hair. The hair transplant industry has grown tremendously over the past decade, thanks to the internet.
Once hair loss forums such as the Hair Restoration Network started to become popular, real-patient posted results and reviews were visible to the public. Patients can research any surgeon through the advanced search page going back to 1999, the good, bad, and the ugly. Knowledge is power, and online experience is free.
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