At Anagen Hair Restoration, we only recommend hair restoration techniques that deliver results.
At Anagen Hair Restoration, we only recommend hair restoration Maryland techniques that deliver results.
Scientists know a great deal about the actual mechanics of hair growth, but they have no idea what turns a hair follicle on and off. Just as with any other consumer decision-making, when it comes to hair loss treatments, the old adage of “buyer beware” rings true. If a hair loss treatment is not approved by the FDA or recommended by the American Hair Loss Association, chances are that you’re wasting your time and money. Below is basic information about the most recommended FDA approved, non-surgical treatments available for your hair restoration.
The active ingredient in Rogaine (Minoxidil) was initially used to treat high blood pressure under the brand name Loniten. It was discovered that the drug had beneficial qualities that can actually promote your hair growth. Two decades later, no one knows exactly how it works. It is believed that the medication dilates blood vessels on the scalp which may stimulate hair growth.
*If you experience any of the above side effects you may have an allergy to Rogaine and should call your doctor at once.
Minoxidil 2% has been approved by the FDA in both Men and Women to treat hair loss, though it typically works for only about 50 percent of patients. The manufactures of Minoxidil recommend women only use the 2% concentration as the FDA has not approved the extra strength Minoxidil for women. Many dermatologists do prescribe Minoxidil 5% for women with androgenetic alopecia if used under the dermatologists’ supervision. Some small clinical trials have been conducted on 5% Minoxidil for androgenetic alopecia in women showing that indeed the 5% solution is significantly more effective in both retaining and regrowing hair than the 2 % solution.
In both men and women, the location of the hair loss plays a role in how effective the treatment is. The crown of the head is typically much more responsive to Minoxidil than is frontal or hairline loss. Studies have also shown a decrease in effectiveness over time.
Propecia is an FDA approved drug intended only for male pattern hair loss. The active ingredient in Propecia (Finasteride) was first developed by Merck pharmaceuticals as a treatment for an enlarged prostate. During product trials it was discovered that the drug reduced further hair loss and helped to regrow visible hair. While Propecia has been proven to stabilize further hair loss in most patients and help slightly more than half of patients regrow visible hair, the medication does not work if there is actual baldness rather than thinning hair.
Propecia works by significantly reducing DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) levels which is a natural byproduct of testosterone. DHT attacks susceptible hair follicles and prevents further hair growth, leading to male hair loss. DHT attacks mainly the hair follicles at the temples and crown of the head. According to trials, a 1 mg dose of Propecia can effectively lower DHT levels in the scalp by as much as 60% when taken daily. This makes it an excellent option for non surgical hair restoration.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy involves injecting the body with concentrations of its own blood platelets. This treatment may speed healing and restore hair growth.
The exact mechanism by which PRP works is not fully understood, but researchers believe that it contains a range of growth factors and proteins that speed tissue repair. As some types of hair loss result from damage to hair follicles, researchers initially hypothesized that PRP could help regrow hair by reversing the process that occurs in androgenetic alopecia.
Our medical professionals draw blood from a vein in the arm. They place the blood sample in a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins the blood, separating its components. A medical professional extracts the platelets using a syringe. Our doctor injects the platelets into targeted areas of the scalp. The entire process may take about 1 hour, and several sessions may be necessary for a full hair restoration. After receiving PRP treatment, a person can usually return to their regular activities without any limitations.
Sometimes we combine Minoxidil with Propecia. The results are better than when either medication is used alone. Minoxidil use can also be prescribed for individuals who have had a hair transplant. The medication is often recommended by hair transplant surgeons to promote the growth of the transplanted hair follicles.
You can buy Minoxidil without Prescription, whereas Propecia requires one. Minoxidil works locally, and since it is topical, its systemic (internal) effects are minimal. Whereas Propecia directly alters the Male Hormonal system. Minoxidil in its 2% form is safe for use in both men and women. However, Propecia is only safe for Men.
For more information on non surgical hair restoration, your first step is to schedule an initial consultation with our hair specialist. Our services are free of charge and designed to ensure that you are connected with the physician who best meets your medical needs. Even though we listed non surgical hair restoration options above, they should still be handled by a team that you trust.
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Anagen Hair Restoration will assess your personal hair loss concerns and help you determine what procedure would work best to accomplish your goals. No matter what procedure, whether it’s a neograft hair transplant, or an FUE or FUT hair transplant, we will provide you unbiased support making sure you get the right procedure from the right physician at a location convenient to you. We make the entire process simple, easy and convenient. Schedule your consultation with us or give us a call today at (301) 591-6552.