There are multiple medical treatments for hair loss in today’s market.
Presently, there are two medications that are approved by the FDA for the treatment of hair loss: Propecia® (finasteride) and Rogaine® (minoxidil). Propecia ® is an oral medication that is successful in retarding hair loss in men. In some patients, it will actually thicken the existing hair and regrow hair that has already been lost. Rogaine®, a topical solution for use by both men and women, is also helpful. These drugs are most effective in patients who are thinning and not already bald. If successful, they need to be continued indefinitely. Most of the hair regrowth occurs in the back of the head (crown) but improvement also can be seen in the front (hairline) and mid-scalp.
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
PRP is a concentrated solution of platelets derived from the patient’s own blood which contains high levels of growth factors and cytokines which promote hair growth and reduce hair loss. It is injected directly into the scalp where the platelets become activated and release multiple growth factors including PDGF, TGF, VEGF and interleukin. Since PRP comes from the patient’s own blood the treatments are drug free, there is no chance of allergic reactions and it is completely natural. PRP may also be used during the hair transplant procedure to reduce healing time and enhance hair growth.
For the majority of patients with significant hair loss, medical treatment alone is not the answer. But when used in conjunction with hair transplantation, it may further improve the overall results of hair replacement surgery. During your personal consultation, Dr. Cohen will discuss with you whether either Propecia® or Rogaine® should be part of your treatment program.