Early-stage hair loss can be slowed and often reversed with medication. Medication can also be used effectively in combination with restorative surgery. The leading medications for hair-loss treatment include Finasteride (Propecia) and Minoxidil (Rogaine®).
Finasteride, or Propecia, works by inhibiting the production of the hormone DHT, which has been identified as a contributing cause of hair loss.
Minoxidil, or Rogaine®, is a topical treatment, applied to the surface of the scalp, that stimulates the flow of blood to hair follicles. It can help keep follicles active that might otherwise stop growing hair. It can even revive dormant follicles.
These medications are most appropriate for people who are in the early stages of hair loss and are not ready to consider surgical hair restoration. They can also be used in combination with hair restoration surgery.
For some women, iron deficiency may contribute to hair loss. You may be tested for this as part of your medical evaluation at Varona Hair Restoration.
If you do have an iron deficiency, iron supplements may be part of your hair-restoration treatment.