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Hair loss and thinning can affect as many as two-thirds of American men by the time they reach their 30s, according to the American Hair Loss Association. Women can experience hair loss and hair thinning, as well – and both men and women will likely feel the negative effects on their confidence level and overall quality of life.
If you're experiencing hair thinning or hair loss, you may wonder whether there's any medication that can help. Read on to learn more about different treatment options.
Right now, there are two FDA approved medications for thinning and hair loss:
Finasteride (Propecia) is taken orally with the intent to block the production of DHT. This is considered to be effective for hair loss, but it can also cause hypogonadism and other side effects in men due to its effect on hormone production. It is not recommended at all for women. While Defy Medical does offer products with Finasteride, we typically recommend trying other, less aggressive options first.
Minoxidil is a common over-the-counter treatment that reportedly promotes new hair growth by increasing cutaneous blood flow to shrinking hair follicles. It is generally safe and can be effective by itself if used during the early onset of alopecia.
The specialized pharmacies that Defy Medical partners with also offer the below medications:
Defy Medical can prescribe compounded foams and topical applications of these medications, in different combinations depending on the needs of the patient.
The compounded formulas we can prescribe for hair loss and hair thinning include:
Ready to discuss your options for compounded hair restoration treatments with Defy Medical? Call 813-445-7342 or email [email protected]
A new and exciting treatment for hair thinning is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections. PRP has shown promise in stimulating hair growth by delivering platelets and growth factors directly to the follicles.
In this treatment, we use your own blood sample, processing it to create the highest concentration of platelets and growth factors. Then we inject it directly into the scalp in different areas and at different depths for a comprehensive scalp treatment.
PRP injections are best suited for those who experience thinning hair, because the treatment can help stimulate thin hairs to grow thicker.