Two hair restoration medications have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after appropriate double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials. It is important to note that only two hair restoration medications have won such approval. Many products are advertised and marketed with a claim for hair restoration, but few have ever been subjected to the clinical trials necessary to prove efficacy and safety.
Propecia is an oral medication that treats the root cause of male-pattern hair loss by inhibiting the activity of the hormone responsible for hair loss. Finasteride is available only by prescription. Finasteride is usually not prescribed for women; women who may become pregnant are at risk for a certain type of birth defect in the unborn child. Finasteride works best for early to moderate degrees of hair loss. Men with extensive hair loss are unlikely to have much regrowth. Regrowth associated with finasteride is better over the crown of the scalp than at the frontal receding hairline. When used in conjunction with hair transplantation, finasteride may prevent further hair loss while transplantation fills in areas such as the frontal hairline.
At McGrath Medical we offer select patients a topical formulation of finasteride the active ingredient in Propecia. this topical application has shown to be more effective while avoiding some of the unwanted side effects of oral Propecia.
Hair Care Maintenance
Procyte’s scientifically developed, exceptional quality Tricomin line provides a full range of products that cover a wide variety of hair care needs. Carefully formulated to deliver Triamino Copper Nutritional Complex®, each product supports the others in the system. Routine use of this hair care system will help optimize your hair to obtain the best results.
Rogaine is a topical solution available over-the-counter in 2% and 5% strengths. Minoxidil is effective in some people, moderately effective in some, and ineffective in others. When effective, minoxidil can retard hair loss and stimulate new hair growth. Its mechanism of action is not well understood. Best results with minoxidil are often achieved by combining the topical solution with hair restoration surgery.