Medical Treatment for Hair Loss
Once the above analysis is done by the Plastic Surgeon and the cause of intense hair loss and balding pattern is obvious, treatments to counter this condition can be suggested. Unlike many unreliable and money minting Plastic Surgery Centres, Southwest Practice does not prescribe a Hair Transplant unless it is absolutely necessary.
Based on a patient’s medical and genetic history, Dr. Agullo will make an informed decision regarding the course of treatment to be taken. If he feels hair loss and balding can be curbed with methods other than hair transplantation, these will be prescribed and the progress will be monitored closely.
With years of experience in Cosmetic Surgery and thousands of successful hair transplants under his belt, Dr. Agullo will help you fight hair loss either Surgically or Nonsurgically. A further breakdown of these categories yields the following information:
- PRP (Protein Rich Plasma) Injections
- Hair Transplant
Depending on the extent of balding, the type of method preferred, soundness of medical history and the patient’s tolerance for recovery, every hair loss case at Southwest is different and has its own needs. Therefore, the surgeons firmly believe in providing individual care to one and all.
Non Surgical Ways to Treat Hair Loss
While you may be all set to get a hair transplant, making this decision without the doctor’s consent or prior to the physical and medical exam is unwise. A lot of patients coming in at Southwest with hair loss concerns are not ideal candidates for a Hair Transplant because either their condition is not too advanced or because they do not have stable donor areas.
In either case, the surgeons then prescribe non surgical ways to deal with the problem. These have been discussed in detail in the later sections.
Taking medication is the best way to treat hair loss in the early stages. As soon as you are diagnosed with hair loss, genetic or otherwise, the first option for a cosmetic surgeon will be to treat the problem with proper medication.
Prescribing medication for hair loss and premature balding is a rather sensible decision. Some medicines that have proven effective for people experiencing this problem are:
- Finasteride (Propecia): Propecia is an oral medicine that works very well as a reversing agent i.e. it not only stops future loss of hair, but it also spurs growth in areas that showed early signs of balding. It is known to work best in younger patients who have hair loss from the center of the scalp. Some side effects of the drug include sexual dysfunction, though these signs disappear once a patient stops taking doses.
It is one of the best medicines to be prescribed for hair loss; however, Propecia can only be used by men under prescription, as directed by the FDA.
- Minoxidil (Rogaine): Rogaine is a topical medicine that has to be applied to the affected areas. Its rich formula stimulates hair growth directly on these areas by spurring the hair follicles to spring to action. Optimal results for Minoxidil are seen when it is used together with Propecia. While it can be used by both, men and women, most women report growth of facial hair as well. These disappear once the application is stopped.
- Formula 82M: Formula 82M is known as a powerful combination of multiple medication and a high strength steroid. This medicine is only available under prescription.