Individuals with hair thinning and hair loss may benefit from certain hair growth medications. The two most common treatments are Finasteride (brand name: Propecia®) for men, and Minoxidil (brand name: Rogaine®) for both men and women. Both treatments are FDA approved and have their own distinct purpose in treating hair loss. Although these two hair growth products may stabilize hair loss and even regrow hair, they do not work on areas where the hair is completely gone. In addition, for both medications, if you stop using the medication at any point, what you have gained from either Finasteride or Minoxidil will be lost within months. You will simply return to the level of hair loss had you never used the medication. During your consultation, Plano, TX hair restoration surgeon, Dr. Joseph Yaker, will identify your cause of hair loss and discuss hair growth treatment methods to help combat your condition.
Hair Growth Medications Reviews
"A friend of mine came to Dr. Yaker about a year ago. She used his Formula 82M and WOW! her entire hairline became so much fuller. After seeing her results I set up an appointment with him. He was full of information and so nice! I'm trying his shampoo, conditioner, and keratin supplements to start. Loving the products so far. Hopefully I will have great results like my friend!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Feb 24, 2016
"I have thin,fine hair and have tried prducts to thicken it. Nothing worked ! Then I tried Dr. Joseph Yaker's Formula 82 M, also his vitamins,shampoo and conditioner. Formula 82 M is a liquid that you put on your scalp twice daily. In four months it kicks in. My hair colorist,,hairdresser and shampoo girl cannot believe how thick it is now. Wonderful product and I would highly recommend.."- S.J. / Google / Jun 27, 2015
"Dr. Yaker has fantastic bedside manner and is was very personable! His knowledge of hair restoration is very impressive. His office staff are great to work with. Dr. Yaker performed PRP procedure on me about 6 months ago, last August and September. The procedure took less than 45 minutes, it was easy and painless. My wife tells me that my hair thickness and look has improved. I understand that it takes a bout 12 months to see full results for PRP procedures, I am looking forward to that. I would highly recommend him."- A.D. / Doctor.com / Mar 09, 2016
"I started losing hair fast, no reason, no thyroid problem. Dr yaker suggested me to use laser cap, his hair care product line and hair formula to apply on scalp. In few months, I saw a big difference , lot of new hair growth, hair texture improved also. Thank you so much , doctor."- R.L. / Yelp / Jun 13, 2016
"The factors that set TCHR above all others include Dr. Yaker's highly informative consultation in addition to the attentive staff. Having had a FUT procedure about a decade ago, I was familiar with much of the process. I had wanted to have additional restoration procedure since but had given up due to every facility I contacted focused on price, brief description of service, and nothing else. Dr. Yaker is the first to provide various options to hair restoration, plus specific information and remedies to maintain my own healthy hair as well as the relocated follicular hair. He dispels many of the myths about various products and services in addition to offering a great deal of information about hair maintenance. Information never even touched upon when speaking with other facilities.Just as I had about given up on finding a confident hair restoration professional, I was fortunate to find TCHR. My services included platelet replacement process, not offered anywhere else I had researched, in addition to the FUE replacement procedure which was so much less an ordeal than what I had experienced previously. In addition the services include low level laser therapy plus the aforementioned regime so to continuously restore vitality to my hair by providing product to improve the structure, scalp deep cleaning, and prevent potential future hair loss.Dr. Yaker is absolutely the one hair restoration expert I found to show the utmost care and attention to a patients personal needs in this personal, not to mention sensitive, area of expertise. K. Gelay-Yeager"- K.G. / Yelp / Jun 16, 2016
The increase of the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) onto genetically susceptible hair follicles is what causes male pattern baldness. Finasteride is a medication that blocks testosterone from converting to DHT by up to 70%, which helps control, stop, and even restore hair loss. Here are some facts about this medication:
- It is the only FDA-approved oral medication for the treatment of male pattern baldness.
- It is a once-a-day pill available by prescription only.
- The medication is 90% successful: 48% will have re-growth of hair and 42% will have no further hair loss.
- It takes 6-12 months to achieve a cosmetic benefit.
- Of patients with male pattern hair loss that do not use Finasteride, 75% will become “much worse” within 5 years.
- Positive effects from Finasteride can help reduce the extent of hair transplantation (number of grafts required) by stabilizing future hair loss and possibly re-growing hair naturally.
- Finasteride can be used to improve the end result of hair transplant surgery by stabilizing the hair follicles surrounding the transplanted hairs, allowing for a better overall result.
- Reported negative side effects are limited to fewer than 2% of patients. These side effects may be reversible on dose reduction, and tend to diminish over time with continued use.
It is impossible to ensure the potency of formulations made outside of FDA control. Many companies that manufacture Finasteride are in countries outside the Unites States, where quality control methods may not be as regulated. As a result, Dr. Yaker offers patients a specially compounded version of Finasteride, known as Finasteride Plus. This formula is 25% stronger than regular Finasteride and is less expensive than Propecia®. This made-to-order medication also contains organic herbs and nutrients to help nourish the hair.
Minoxidil is an FDA-approved topical solution that is used to help stabilize hair loss and promote hair growth in both men and women. While the mechanism of action is not completely understood, this medication has been shown to dilate blood vessels and open potassium channels, allowing more oxygen, blood, and nutrients to the follicle. This process actively nourishes and stimulates hair follicles, stimulating hair growth. Here are some facts about this medication:
- Twice daily Minoxidil has been shown to regrow hair in 85% of men and 60% of women.
- Visual benefits may take 4-6 months, however some patients may require 12 months of twice daily use.
- This medication can be started 6 weeks to 3 months before hair transplant surgery to possibly prevent or limit hair shedding that might occur after surgery.
- The most common side effect from Minoxidil is skin irritation and possibly unwanted facial hair that will disappear shortly after discontinuing the medication.
Formula 82M is a custom made topical medication for men and women that acts as a hair follicle stimulator. In addition to having the active ingredient 5% Minoxidil, it also contains retinoic acid for enhanced penetration into the skin, a low-potency steroid to reduce redness and inflammation, anti-oxidants, an anti-androgen agent (to reduce DHT), and it is produced without propylene glycol (a common skin irritant found in over-the counter Minoxidil and Rogaine®). It is used by applying 20 to 30 drops on the scalp (not the hair) twice daily. Once applied, it is gently massaged into the scalp with your fingers so it can reach the hair follicles under the scalp. It is recommended that you allow the Formula 82M to sit on the scalp for at least three hours before wetting the hair (showering, excessive exercising) in order to maximize medication absorption.
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- Average Cost
- $150 - $400
- Procedure Recovery Location
A Nonsurgical Solution
Dr. Yaker offers specially compounded FDA approved medications to treat and restore hair loss. These made-to-order prescription medications are prepared in a PCAB accredited compounding pharmacy in an ISO 7 environment, and are sent right to the patient’s doorstep within 5-7 business days. Each medication can be used with other nonsurgical hair restoration therapies as part of a multi-treatment approach to tackle hair loss. During the initial consultation with Dr. Yaker, a complete hair analysis will be provided that will give Dr. Yaker insight into what medication and/or procedures will be most effective to achieve the aesthetic goals of the patient.