Hair Restoration Treatments
It can be very hard to acknowledge one's personal struggles with hair loss, but the sooner this recognition happens, the faster the situation can be treated. Depending on the cause of hair loss and how far it has progressed, there are multiple restoration treatment options to choose from. Nevertheless, it's wise to practice some caution when it comes to deciding which one to use. After all, there are a lot of products out there that are little more than placebos without any scientific basis. As for the ones that are effective (for most people at least), the top three hair restoration treatments to consider trying are Minoxidil, Finasteride, and Dutasteride. Keep reading to learn more and to find out which one may be the right solution for you.
First up is Minoxidil, which most people are already familiar with as the product Rogaine. While there are some other products out there on the market that contain Minoxidil, Rogaine is by far the most established (it was actually the first FDA approved product to treat hair loss) and has the widest distribution. Rogaine has individual products for both men and women, and it treats both male and female pattern baldness that has not yet progressed to total baldness. The active ingredient, Minoxidil, is a vasodilator, which works in part by enlarging the scalp's hair follicles and prolonging the hair's active growth phase. Eventually, this leads to more hair coverage. Nevertheless, it is important to note that users must keep taking Rogaine for the results to last.
The next treatment we'll go over is Finasteride, which comes as the brands Propecia and Proscar. While Finasteride is only currently FDA approved for men with male pattern baldness, it is still prescribed to women with androgenetic alopecia and is likely to become FDA approved for this purpose shortly. Finasteride works by inhibiting 5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme that regulates the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). By lowering DHT levels in the scalp, it reduces the damage that higher levels of DHT can cause to hair follicles. Like Minoxidil, Finasteride only works as long as it is being used regularly. However, the effects may be slightly longer when left on their own.
Last but not least is Dutasteride, which can come in the form of DHT Shampoo and oral supplements, usually with the name "DHT Blocker" on the label. Similar to Finasteride, this product works by addressing the levels of DHT in the scalp. Treating both male and female pattern baldness as well as various forms of Alopecia, Dutasteride blocks the production of DHT as much as possible. This product also only works as long as it is used, though the oral supplements may come with the longest effects.
Prices for all three of these products vary greatly depending on the exact form they take, the region and the length of treatment. However, the good news is that many insurance companies now help to cover the costs. Check out the products mentioned above and see what they can do for you.