Hair loss or Eyelash Growth Treatments
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Finasteride Pills, Minoxidil Drops.
Stop hair loss and promote a healthier scalp. Male pattern baldness is common, but there are proven treatments to prevent and recovery your hair. Keep your lushes locks!
Finasteride: 90 – 1 mg pills + 5% Minoxidil: 3 2 fl oz. drops
We offer coupons and help you find the most cost-effective RX. We can call in a script to your local Pharmacy. These medications can get expensive and we do not like that.
Evaluations and RX can be done online with a Board Certified Medical Providers. We’ll connect you with them.
- 2/3 of American men will experience some level of hair loss.
- 25% suffer from male pattern balding before the age of 35.
- More than 95% men experience hair loss by way of Male Pattern Baldness.
- 85% of men have significantly thinning hair.
- Over 50 million men in the United States experience baldness. Source
What is male pattern baldness?
Male Pattern Baldness is a condition where men experience a receding hairline and hair thinning on the crown / top of their head. Male pattern baldness is caused by hormonal imbalances and genetics. You can find balding in medical text books under it’s fancier name, androgenetic alopecia.
Balding starts with hair follicle shrinking over time, resulting in shorter and finer hair. After several months or years, the weakening follicle do not grow new hair. The follicles remain alive, which suggests that it is still possible to grow new hair. Source, Source
What causes your hair to fall out?
We can blame the hormone called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The Testosterone pulsating through our body converts to DHT with the help of an enzyme called Type II 5-alpha-reductace. The enzyme is chilling in small oil glands at the base of the hair follicle.
- Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) naturally shrink hair follicles.
- IF DHT is suppressed, THEN hair follicles continue to thrive.
- Hair follicles around the sides of the head aren’t sensitive to the reduction caused by DHT.
As it relates to hair follicles, prolonged exposure to DHT causes the follicles to reduce down to nothing.
Can a man’s hair grow back?
Prevention: Quick intervention can be slow or even stop thinning if caught early enough. Even if you’re starting late with no hair, it might not be too late…
Recovery: There is a chance that under your shiny bald head that there are some remaining hair follicles holding on for dear-life.
Why DHT shrinks follicles is not well understood by the experts but is this is the known and confirmed cause of hair loss and male pattern baldness.
In some cases, dry scalp, over shampooing, over brushing, or natural remedies may accelerate hair loss but one thing is for certain – you are all genetically predisposed to male pattern baldness if this condition runs in your family. Source
Why do some guys go bald early?
A common rule of thumb says that if your mom’s grandpa is bald then you are going to be bald. While somewhat true, researchers suggest that men who inherited the alleged balding “gene” from their moms may just have more androgen (the base-male hormone) receptors on their scalp, which naturally increases chances for baldness if testosterone convert to DHT reducing hair follicles to dust. There are genes in all chromosomes that have an impact in the undoing our baldness or androgenetic alopecia. Source, Source
Smoking and drinking has a clear impact how fast younger men lose their hair. Source
What is finasteride?
1mg Finasteride (generic Propecia) is an oral medication that stops your body from producing DHT. It works by preventing the production of the enzyme, 5α-Reductase, that converts testosterone into DHT. 9 times out of 10, if someone say they are taking Propecia today they are actually taking a generic finasteride 1 mg pill. Finasteride is the active ingredient in Propecia.
Can finasteride regrow hair?
Finasteride can lower your DHT production by almost 71.4% when taken at a hair loss prevention dose (1mg). Studies prove that this hair loss dosage can actually stimulate the growth of lost hair follicles. Source
5mg Finasteride is used to prevent or delay the appearance of prostate cancer.
Without getting too complex, finasteride is used clinically to treat BPH and baldness with their ability to reduce circulating DHT.
DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) stimulates the growth for certain part of the body including prostate cells. In older men excess production of DHT contributing to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) aka enlarged prostate.
Finasteride blocks an enzyme called “Type II 5α-reductase” responsible for producing DHT.
Androgens are involved in the development of prostate cancer. Finasteride inhibits the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, the primary androgen in the prostate, and may reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Study
What is Minoxidil?
Minoxidil is the generic formulation of name-brand Rogaine®. There are now many FDA approved generic versions of minoxidil. It was originally used for treating high blood pressure, but patients reported hair growth as a side effect. Pfizer (Upjohn at the time) quickly trailed and released a topical solution to stimulate the hair follicles (because the oral pill did not work well for hypertension). It slows hair loss for many men and helps some men grow new hair. Please note, hair loss returns when you stop using this medicine. Source
Is Minoxidil the same as finasteride?
Unlike finasteride, minoxidil doesn’t affect DHT and has no effects on the production of DHT. Both medications are backed by many medical evaluations and studies showing an increase in hair growth after a few months of use. Source, Source
Currently, these are the only two FDA approved medications for treating hair loss in men.
What Are the signs of pattern baldness?
When should I see my Provider if I think I have male pattern baldness?
A receding hairline.
Most men can tell when they are going bald, but a typical pattern of male baldness begins at the hairline around the forehead. The hairline gradually recedes moving back to form an “M” shape, like a peninsula of hair – Cape Bald. Thinning usually begins at the top of the crown so you may see finer, shorter hairs in the shower.
Notice more hair falling out than usual.
While it’s common to have hair falling out periodically like in the shower or in your comb, if you notice more and more shedding hair, this could be a sign that your hair is thinning and you are going bald.
Thinning hair on the crown top of your head.
Thinning hair on the top of your head is usually another sign that you are entering male pattern baldness. It’s tough to see, so we suggest using a hand-held mirror to help aid in your reach.
Dry or itchy Scalp.
While a dry and itchy scalp does not mean you are balding, your scalp thrives on moisture to sustain follicle texture and thickness. It’s important to keep the conditions up-to pristine in order to keep a healthy head of hair. Scratching can damage hair follicles and can promote hair loss. If you have a persistent itching, we can refer you to a dermatologist that can diagnosis your symptoms if they are severe.
Gradual thinning overall.
One common but tough marker for the onset of balding happens all over the head as DHT attacks the hair follicles all-at-once causing thinning across the scalp. If hair loss is rapid, you may see thin hair on your hands in the shower. Hair will look fine and weak in your hands.
If you think you might be balding, scrolling through social media is a good tool to use to determine if your scalp is receding. Prospective is everything when you are considering treatment.
Others can see it.
There is the rare situation where you cannot tell if you’re balding. If you feel unsure, ask your significant other, friend, family, barber or hair dresser – A professional can suggest some hair products to keep your dome hydrated while you consider medical advice for your thinning hair.
Diagnosis of Male Pattern Baldness
We will examine your scalp over video chat or a series of pictures to determine if hair loss / recovery medication is right for you.
Most medical provider classify male pattern baldness using a medical scoring system. This scale shows reference diagrams for a variety of hair loss patterns, starting at receding hairline to almost complete hair loss.
How quickly does Finasteride for hair loss work?
In order to see best results 1mg of Finasteride is taken daily. You should expect to see visible results after 2 months and noticeable results after 6 months. If you experience noticeable results, take a monthly photo to track your progress.
In some guys, it can take up to a year to see the maximum results. It is important to stay positive. Commitment to daily pills is absolutely critical to producing lushes locks and increase your chance of hair regrowth. Reference
As long as you don’t experience side effects, it’s recommended to continue the medication for one full year before deciding on whether the medication is working for you.
Common and Rare Side Effects
It is important to understand all potential side effect of Finasteride. The most common side effects of finasteride include:
Decrease in your blood Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) levels. You should notify your provider before having your PSAs tested because finasteride decreases PSA levels.
Trouble getting or keeping an erection and Decreased libido (2-4% reported)
Decrease in semen production. (Reports show that 1mg does not negatively impact sperm). (5mg finasteride dosage for PSA does show a decrease).
Call your provider right away if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome. Call 911 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency.
dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position.
Swell, Rash, Redness, Hives
Breast Tenderness, unusual lumps or sores on you skin.
Runny nose, sneezing
Abdominal, stomach, or back pain
decreased amount of semen
diarrhea, dizziness, headache, Testicular pain
Keep all medicines out of the reach of children. Do not give finasteride to others – It may harm them.
Finasteride is not available without a prescription from a medical practitioner.
Oral finasteride in the 1 mg FDA-approved medications dose is to treat male pattern hair loss while oral finasteride 5 mg FDA-approved medications to treat BPH.
Topical finasteride is not FDA-approved and can be manufactured by a compounding pharmacy. We do not recommend using finasteride without a consultation or prescription from one of our providers.