- Minoxidil is an antihypertensive vasodilator medication. It also slows or stops hair loss and promotes hair regrowth in some people. Now off-patent, it is available over-the-counter for the treatment of androgenic alopecia. Minoxidil is approved for treatment of men and women with AGA.
- Finasteride (Propecia) is approved for medical hair restoration for men with AGA. It has been clinically proven as being more effective than minoxidil .
- Lasers have been proven in clinical trials to restore hair in both men and women.
What causes Hair Loss
Androgenic alopecia, or patterned hair loss is the leading cause of hair loss in men and women. In this condition, hormones combined with a hereditary predisposition produce thinning hair and patterned baldness. Less common causes of hair loss include high fever, severe infection, certain medication, birth control pills, thyroid disease, childbirth and cancer treatments.
During the consultation, the cause of your hair loss will be evaluated, followed by treatment options available. Male pattern baldness usually begins with a receding hairline and thinning of the crown and continues to progress over a lifetime. Female pattern baldness usually consists of thinning across the top of the scalp with preservation of the frontal hairline, although the ultimate degree of baldness cannot be accurately predicted the age of onset and family history are important factors. Frequent shampooing, wearing of hats and poor circulation are not the cause of hair loss.