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Treatment of hair loss on the scalp may be medical or surgical, and at times both types of treatments are used.

Medical treatment consists of using a medicine called Propecia, which is taken once a day. Propecia has been shown to give significant hair growth in many patients. It can only be used in men however. Propecia is a prescription medication but it can be purchased through our office.

Surgical treatment of hair loss consists of hair transplantation. Dr. Echavez can advise you on this procedure, but no longer performs these operations.

Propecia: The Most Effective Hair Loss Treatment for Men

With the maount of medical advances being made, living with hair loss no longer has to be a concern. The tremendous strides that have come about in the field of medicine have allowed men to eliminate hair loss thanks to the invention of 5-alpha-reductace inhibitors. One in particular that has earned a positive reputation is Propecia. You can now slow down the process of hair loss and replacing hair with a product that gives natural results you can’t find elsewhere.

Baldness and hair loss are something no man wants to worry about as they age and it’s often seen on the mid-scalp area and the vertex of the scalp. Over time, thinning starts and this is often the beginning stage of hair falling out and this is when most men start looking for a quick fix. Some over-the-counter remedies can offer a temporary fix, but for something a little more permanent there are several remedies that are available under the supervision of a physician.

What is Propecia?

Propecia is a prescription medication and it is also known by the name Finasteride. It was primarily developed to help men who struggled with enlarged prostate glands and during the many trials performed it was shown that these men experienced hair growth as a side effect. This formula is approved by the FDA making it safe to use.

In 1997 there was a 1mg dose approved by the FDA for Propecia to be used for men who suffered with alopecia, or hair loss. This is the first drug that has been shown to effectively treat baldness in men who use this product as prescribed and directed.

How Finasteride Work

The success of this product comes from its unique formula and its ability to inhibit 5-alpha-reductase which is the enzyme that converts testosterone into DHT, or a potent androgen dihydrotestosterone. The dose effectively reduces the levels of DHT by 60% as long as it’s taken on a daily basis. DHT shrinks hair follicles which is what causes baldness and this reduction in the DHT is what stops baldness from occurring.

Before Taking This Medication

This formula is not designed for use by women and because it is absorbed through the skin, make sure women and children are not exposed to it and don’t handle it. If you have any of these conditions, talk to your doctor before you begin taking this medication:

  • Stricture of the urethra
  • Liver disease
  • Abnormal liver enzyme tests
  • Prostate cancer
  • Muscular disorder of the bladder
  • Difficulty urinating

How to Use Propecia

Dr. Echavez will determine how much you should take and make sure you follow these directions. Don’t take more than recommended or for longer than recommended. Always take with a full glass of water and you can take this with or without food. You should try to take it at the same time daily for best results.

Putting an end to hair loss and thinning hair is easily achieved with this medication and you’ll soon start to see that your hair grows back giving you a full head of hair you once had. Talk to your doctor today to determine if this hair loss treatment is right for you.

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