Drugs or PRP for Hair Loss
Hair loss affects roughly 80 percent of adult men. Unfortunately, even some young men start losing hair in their teens and early 20s. There are no words that can truly describe the mental anguish of hair loss for young men.
Women May Also Face Hair Loss Challenges
Female hair loss is not a common topic for discussion among women even though the problem is not as widespread as it is for men. Sometimes with women, hair loss corrects itself after giving birth, or when women stop using the birth control pill. This is far different from the challenges men face.
Time To Seek Medical Help For Hair Loss?
Many men dealing with a receding hairline or crown hair loss will schedule a doctor’s appointment for their own self-esteem, and frequently for business reasons. The aspect of business is due to the highly competitive youthful nature of some industries.
The Hair Loss Drug Market
A popular prescription hair loss drug is an FDA-approved drug known as Propecia, manufactured by Merck & Company, Inc. The drug is also known in medical circles as Proscar, and by its chemical name: finasteride.
Launched in 1997, the hair loss drug helps thicken hair in over 64 percent of patients. Given the huge hair loss market for men, this particular drug has resulted in the development of over 26 new generic versions with a bargain price of less than a dollar a pill compared to $3 a pill for Propecia. This is a bargain, but there’s much more to the complete health picture with this drug.
You know those health warnings on the drug inserts and packaging that most people, especially men, don’t read? Those warnings are there for a reason. With Propecia and Proscar, four percent of men may face temporary sexual side effects. Many men feel that the potential tradeoff is worth it.
That Data Barely Covers The Full Propecia Story
Additionally, lawsuits have been filed on behalf of patients using Propecia who are suffering from the following:
- decreased sexual desire, impotence,
- testicular pain, erectile dysfunction,
- chronic depression, insomnia,
- brain fog, suicidal thoughts,
- Male breast and prostate cancer.
Unfortunately, these drug side effects can last long after patients discontinue the drug. The potentially serious dangers associated with these hair loss drugs are simply not worth the health risks.
PRP…The Safe Alternative Hair Loss Treatment The promising news is that when platelet rich plasma therapy is used to reverse hair loss, it actually promotes the healing of damaged hair follicles. Additionally, PRP also stimulates follicle activity to reverse hair miniaturization (the shrinking of hair follicles), a condition seen in several hair loss conditions, especially androgenetic alopecia.
In order to have healthy hair growth, the follicles and surrounding tissues must be healthy to provide sufficient oxygen for normal growth and function.
The extent of hair loss will determine the length of a platelet rich plasma therapy session, but it usually takes approximately one hour. It’s common for patients to require PRP therapy several times to achieve desired results. Others may only require platelet rich plasma therapy once or twice a year for maintenance.
Please contact Laser Clinique and P. Alexander Ataii M.D. for more information about PRP in San Diego and Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy