The Truth about Hair Loss Treatment Products

A number of men in the world must afford high expenses for hair loss treatments. But it seems that most of the products and services marketed today are only slightly less absurd. A very limited number of treatments for male pattern baldness is effective.

Pill

Finasteride, known more commonly as Propecia, is a pill to prevent hair loss by lowering dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels. Minoxidil is another type advertised for young people with hair loss. However, it seems you have to attach both finasteride and minoxidil in your rest life. If you stop either of these hair loss treatments and your progress vanishes. Within months, you’ll lose whatever hair you managed to retain or grow back. In addition, a very small percentage of men using finasteride decreases in libido and other problems, but this is rare and generally temporary.

Liquid hair loss treatment

Minoxidil was initially used to treat high blood pressure and then it was approved by the FDA to treat male pattern baldness. A man in the early stages of hair loss can stimulate the growth by applying Rogaine (or a generic version) directly to the scalp twice a day. Although the results of treatment with minoxidil are limited, it can be combined with other treatments or as an alternative if finasteride doesn’t work. Patients are warned to try it for a limited time because it’s not as simple as a pill, use isn’t always regular, and you end up losing whatever you gained.

Hair transplants

The hair transplant is an expensive procedure but the new hair doesn’t look like dolls’ hair anymore. Its disadvantage is you won’t be able to go anywhere to show off your new ‘do because you’ll be broke. Furthermore, the cost continues to mount when patients come back for added thickness over the years.

Toupee

The American Hair Loss Association reports that over 70% are ultimately dissatisfied with their experience at hair replacement salons although the word toupee conjures an outdated and disagreeable image.

Alternative hair loss remedies

From saw palmetto to zinc, a vast array of tinctures, supplements, and shampoos promise to improve your hair loss condition and to be cheaper and perhaps even better because of some “little-known ancient wisdom.” But there’s never been a single study to show the alternative remedies work. Moreover, if it is working, that means it’s doing something to the testosterone and could be having adverse effects. Many people are still wasting valuable time experimenting with them when they’d be much better off spending their money on something proven to work.

Laser Comb

Recently, the Laser Comb became the first hair loss treatment that doesn’t use drugs or surgery. By stimulating follicles with a low-level laser, the hand-held device was shown in test trials to increase hair volume in a majority of patients. But it needs more time to verify its long-term effectiveness.

And a total cure to baldness

Patients with hair loss are long for a total cure to baldness – hair cloning. Scientists are hoping to grow follicles where once there were none by culturing and successfully implanting new hair cells. But that seems take more years. And the future will hold many more treatment options. But there won’t be one solution for everyone. You’ll still have to use multiple approaches.

 


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