Dealing with hair loss can be a difficult journey, for many it means wearing a hat at all times. Unfortunately, wearing a hat does not solve the problem, it merely covers it up. Navigating the hair loss industry can prove to be a daunting task, especially considering most products on the market today are completely useless. In this article, we're going to be giving you the top 3 hair loss treatments available at the click of a mouse, so keep reading!
When Propecia (finasteride) was first approved by the FDA back in 1997 there were no generics available, which meant a 30-day supply would cost a pretty penny. Thanks to generics treating male pattern baldness comes at a fraction of the cost. Finasteride works by inhibiting the 5-alpha reductase enzyme, which is responsible for converting testosterone in to DHT through the blood stream. DHT is the hormone responsible for triggering androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss). Finasteride reduces up to 70% of DHT serum in the body.
Potential Side Effects
A small percentage of men experience undesirable side effects when taking finasteride. Before we list these side effects, it is important to remember that most men do not experience any side effects. Nevertheless, it's important to know that side effects can occur. The most common side effects associated with finasteride are as follows:
*loss of interest in sex
*trouble having an orgasm
*difficulty having and maintaining an erection
*brain fog and depression
Back in the old days, as in a few years ago, a patient would have to go their family doctor for a prescription to finasteride. However, that has changed with companies like forhims, keeps, and getroman. These start-up tech companies connect patients with physicians without requiring a face-to-face consultation. These companies are appealing to millennials who are used to having everything at their fingertips. Now they can swipe for love and stop their hair loss at the same time.
Rogaine (minoxidil) has been around for decades, minoxidil was originally used to treat blood pressure. This topical hair loss solution has been shown to be effective, but not as effective as finasteride. Minoxidil can be purchased over-the-counter, but a lot of people are too embarrassed to wait in line with a bottle of Rogaine in their hand. Thankfully, they don't have to deal with curious clerks or embarrassing lines. A one-year supply of minoxidil can be purchased on Amazon for less than $50, which is less than $5 a month. To date, the exact mechanism for how minoxidil works is unknown, but many believe that it works by prolonging the hair follicles life cycle and increasing the blood supply, oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles.
Dermaroller and Dermapens
Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that has been around for a long time. Initially, microneedling was used to treat acne scars and other skin conditions. However, there were some promising clinical studies that showed microneedling could be effective at treating diffuse hair loss (androgenetic alopecia). Dermapens are more expensive and thought to be easier to use and more effective than dermarollers. The average price of a dermapen is around $60, while the average price of a dermaroller is around $20.
Microneedling involves repeatedly puncturing the skin with the use of a dermaroller or dermapen. The purpose of the treatment is to generate new collagen and make skin smoother and firmer. While microneedling is widely used as an anti-aging or scar treatment, it has gained popularity for the treatment of hair loss. It is thought that the collagen and healing properties that are induced by creating tiny wounds will also regenerate miniaturized hair follicles. Furthermore, it is believed that that microneedling (dermarolling) may induce stem cells in the scalp. Stem cell therapy is thought to be the key to unlocking the cure to hair loss as we know it.
Treating hair loss has never been easier, we have the most effective treatments at our disposal with a simple swipe. However, the most effective treatment for hair loss is still surgical hair restoration. While medications can prevent and even stop hair loss; hair transplant surgery is the only treatment that can regrow hair on a completely bald scalp. To see a list of the best hair transplant surgeons who were voted by real patients click here.
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