Today’s Most Effective Hair Loss Treatment Options

By Daniel Friedmann, MD May 11, 2015 4 Comments

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Hair loss, technically referred to as alopecia, can result from a number of causes including genetics (such as in male or female pattern baldness), poor nutrition, stress, pregnancy, drugs, or trauma. There are a number of treatment options available to treat hair thinning and hair loss. Although they may each provide improvement on their own, best results typically occur with the combined use of these products and procedures.

Topical Products:

  • DHT Inhibitors – Products like Propecia (finasteride) work to reduce levels of Dihydrotestosterone (commonly known as DHT). DHT is a derivative of testosterone that is now suspected as being the main culprit behind androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness). On the scalp, DHT shrinks hair follicles to a point where healthy hair cannot survive, resulting in patches of hair loss. DHT inhibitors work to reduce DHT levels in order to stop the cause of hair loss. As such, DHT products are often an essential component of hair restoration treatment plans in men and postmenopausal femaless.
  • Antiandrogens – Whereas DHT inhibitors eliminate DHT, antiandrogens like spironolactone block DHT from reaching the follicle. Antiandrogens enable users to avoid side effects that stem from lowering their DHT levels. Thus it addresses the hormonal contributors to pattern baldness from a different angle, primarily in postmenopausal females.
  • Growth Stimulants – This segment of products includes Rogaine (minoxidil) and Latisse (bimatoprost), some of the most popular treatments for hair loss. Growth stimulants do one thing: they work to maintain hair in the growth phase. Because these products do not address the underlying cause of hair loss, they are often combined with DHT inhibitors and or antiandrogens.

Laser Treatment:

Low-level laser therapy is a safe form of light treatment used to treat a variety of types of hair loss and initiate hair regrowth. One option in this category recently cleared by the FDA to safely treat genetic hair loss and hair thinning is the iGrow System. iGrow utilizes low-level light therapy to promote hair growth.

PRP Injections:

ProPlasma Hair Restoration is a non-surgical treatment that utilizes the body’s own platelet rich plasma (PRP) to help restore hair in patients with pattern hair loss. PRP, which contains natural growth factors, is derived from the patients’ blood after being spun in a centrifuge. After being combined with a small amount of calcium, the PRP is re-injected into targeted areas of the patients scalp. Learn more about ProPlasma.

Surgical Hair Transplants:

Hair transplantation procedures (such as micro-grafting, slit grafting, punch grafting) involve the removal of hair follicles from the back of the scalp that are then transferred to areas with thin to no hair. While this surgical procedure is effective and essentially curative, this should be weighed against the expense, downtime, and potential need for multiple treatment sessions associated with this procedure. Learn more about hair transplant surgery.


Daniel Friedmann, MD

Daniel P. Friedmann, M.D. is a fellowship-trained, board-certified dermatologist and phlebologist at Westlake Dermatology and Clinical Research Director of the Westlake Clinical Research Center. He has presented nationally on photorejuvenation, noninvasive fat reduction, radiofrequency devices, up-to-date techniques in photodynamic therapy, the management of stretch marks, and the treatment of hand, chest, and facial veins.


4 Responses to “Today’s Most Effective Hair Loss Treatment Options”

  1. Steve says:

    Hair loss treatment options are plentiful now days, the medications are also different for men and women.

  2. Rosie says:

    Really interested in laser hair removal, i’ve been doing wax and shave and im tired of it!

  3. Lauren says:

    Great post, I’ll be calling to setup an appointment soon. Looking to be hair free by summer!

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