The hair loss usually occurs in one of several specific patterns and hence it has been called male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia. Only about one percent of hair loss is caused by other conditions. These include various nutritional, metabolic and hormone disorders.
Male pattern baldness involves a genetic susceptibility of some of the hair follicles to the hormone dihydrotestosterone, (DHT). This hormone acting over time on these susceptible follicles causes a gradual shrinking, (miniaturization), and finally death of these follicles.
Finasteride is available to men by prescription only. Women who are or may become pregnant should not take or handle tablets because Finasteride can cause birth defects. Finasteride is in pill form and is taken once a day. Studies indicate that Finasteride stops hair loss on the scalp and can regrow hair.
Minoxidil is available to men or women without a prescription. It is sprayed or rubbed into the scalp twice a day. Minoxidil is often recommended for women who suffer hair loss because women cannot take Finasteride (Propecia). Some people who take Minoxidil only grow hair that is wispy and thin. Studies indicate that Minoxidil seems to work best on people younger than 30 years of age who have been losing their hair for less than 5 years.
Hair transplants, performed by experienced, qualified surgeons, are the only effective means of reversing hair loss. Hair transplantation is a proven surgical method that has evolved to become the answer for those that suffer from hair loss.
The hair loss industry is a billion dollar a year industry that sells everything from balms to sprays. Many companies make claims about hair loss products and treatments that are unsubstantiated and not supported by empirical studies. Many in the medical community agree that hair transplantation coupled with prescription hair loss medication is currently the only effective means of reversing hair loss.
No. The transplanted hair is harvested from the permanent donor zone. This hair is resistant to the effects of DHT. No matter where the hair is moved to it will maintain its resistance to DHT and survive indefinitely.