Hair Growth Medications

Hair Growth Medications - Minoxidil – Finasteride – Plano TX*

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Overview

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.

Finasteride (Propecia®)

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.

Finasteride Plus

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 (Rogaine®)

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

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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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.

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