Among the six treatments for hair loss recommended in the Today.com story are compounded minoxidil (rogaine alternatives), nutritionals like Viviscal Pro, laser therapy with LaserCap, PRP Platelet Rich Plasma. Other therapies used by full time hair restoration physicians include no-scalpel, no-stitch Hair Transplantation with NeoGraft or using the the ARTAS robotic system.
For women, the most common triggers are hormonal (pregnancy, menopause, thyroid disorders, polycystic ovarian syndrome) or hereditary, but autoimmune conditions and nutritional deficiencies can also be to blame. And unlike men, we tend to lose hair gradually and all over the head, so it can take longer to detect. "Many of my patients notice a change in the shape of their face as the temples recede, a widening of their part line or that their ponytail is smaller in diameter," says hair restoration specialist Dr. Alan Bauman, who heads the Bauman Medical Group in Boca Raton, Florida.
Luckily, there's a lot that can be done, from lasers to lotions and everything in between. And you'll be rewarded for treating it early. "I liken it to sun damage — it's never too late to address the problem, but it will get worse with time if you don't slow the progression," says Bauman. Here, the best, doctor-approved treatments from easy-peasy to full-on offense.
Check out at-home lasers.
Discreet enough to fit under a cute cloche, the Laser Cap is a powerful (but pricey) way to increase hair mass. "We've had excellent results using laser therapy in-office for several years, but now most patients are treating themselves out of the office," says Bauman. "The device emits low-level laser light treatment proven to enhance growth while you go about your day. It's painless, chemical-free, has no side effects and you see results in 90 days." (And it's a great excuse to expand your hat collection.)
Ready for the big guns? "Platelet-rich plasma is the newest frontier," says Bauman. "It allows us to exploit your body's own pharmacy of growth factors. It isn't an overnight cure, but we can clinically measure improvements in several weeks, and they're noticeable to the naked eye after six months." Here's how it works: A small sample of the patient's blood is processed to separate out the platelets and stem-cell-rich plasma. In some cases, additional "bioscaffolding" — sometimes placental tissue from screened donors — is blended in to improve the effects. Then, the custom cocktail is shallowly injected under the scalp under local anesthesia. Sounds intense, but "it's comfortable, takes less than an hour and there is no recovery phase," promises Bauman.
The key is accurate diagnosis, effective prescription treatments and proper routine follow-up HairCheck measurements. For more info about board certified hair restoration physician, Dr. Alan Bauman, visit http://www.baumanmedical.com
Every day I get questions about #PRP Platelet Rich Plasma and it's amazing potential for hair regrowth in men and women because the word is spreading about its potential benefits for those with thinning hair.
Unfortunately, we see that more and more docs are offering this treatment without adequate diagnosis, without careful patient-selection, without quality equipment, NO measuring of platelet concentrates, not to mention careless, uncomfortable and improper application of the PRP, and especially... lack of tracking of results. It is frustrating.
After performing thousands of PRP procedures for scalp and hair in my practice, I can honestly say all of the above (and more) need to be addressed with care and consideration if we are to adequately help patients.
Sure, results can vary but as in any field uneducated patients and untrained docs are a high-risk recipe for disappointing results. The good news is that this National Hair Loss Awareness Month #NHLAM and in honor of #FollicleFriday we are getting the word out about what patients are good candidates for PRP hair regrowth and what physicians are qualified to perform these treatments and continuing our hand-on HairCoach training classes for doctors and other professionals who want to provide these treatments using best practices.
NEW: FORMULA 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution for Hair Loss - FAQs
What is Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution - Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution is a compounded prescription solution containing the FDA-approved hair growth medications finasteride 0.25% and minoxidil 5%, as well as retinoic acid for enhanced penetration of minoxidil and sebum reduction, a mild low-dose anti-inflammatory, oleanolic acid— a mild anti-androgen, and other beneficial ingredients such as algae extracts without any propylene glycol (a common irritant) at a neutral pH.
Who should use Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution? - Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution offers the powerful DHT-reducing effect of finasteride along with a deeply penetrating minoxidil formulation in a non-greasy, user-friendly, hairstyle friendly, compounded prescription formula that may be appropriate for men and some postmenopausal women in the medical management of hair loss.
What can the average person expect to achieve with Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution? - Twice daily minoxidil has been shown to regrow hair in up to 85% of men and 60% of women. Finasteride was FDA-approved as an oral prescription hair regrowth pill for men in 1998. While 90% effective orally, concerns about systemic side effects led researchers to explore the benefits of a topical compounded preparation of finasteride. Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution offers the synergistic approach of the only two medications FDA approved for hair regrowth.
How is Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution applied? - Dr. Bauman recommends that 30 drops of Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution should initially be applied as directed—twice daily to the entire scalp that is “at risk” and focusing primarily in the areas of hair thinning.Formula 82F should be distributed evenly and allowed to absorb for at least three hours before showering, swimming or participating in heavy physical or other activity that may cause sweating. The special droptainer bottle allows for the accurate application of medication directly where you need it... on the scalp, not on your hair.
How does Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution work? - It is well accepted that minoxidil is a potent hair growth stimulator, causing resting follicles to produce hair, and weak follicles to produce longer thicker and more pigmented hair over time with consistent use. Oral finasteride is used to reduce dihydrotesterone (DHT), a known trigger for hair loss, in order to enhance hair growth. New research suggests that topical finasteride can be an effective treatment for hair loss and may reduce the chance of side effects that may occur with oral treatment.
What areas are normally treated with Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution? - Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution typically works to protect and enhance hair growth wherever there are weakened hair follicles or areas “at-risk.” Common treatment areas include the crown/vertex area, top of the scalp, as well as the frontal/temple areas.
What are the typical side effects of Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution compared to other treatments? - In patients with a light complexion and skin tone, the scalp may appear slightly more pink than usual due to increased blood flow from the treatment. Redness, dryness, flaking, inflammation and discomfort at the scalp can occur but are rare with with Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution because it has anti-inflammatory properties and contains absolutely NO propylene glycol (found in over-the-counter minoxidil solutions). For patients concerned about the risk of sexual side effects from oral finasteride, research suggests that Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution may significantly reduce those risks. Discontinue therapy and notify Dr. Bauman immediately if you experience any side effects from a treatment.
Will Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution leave my hair greasy? - No. The sophisticated proprietary process used to create Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution allows it to be absorbed more quickly and leave no sticky residue common with over-the-counter minoxidil or other prescription solutions. Applied correctly, there should be little to no impact on your hairstyle.
When will I see results with Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution? - Increases in hair growth can be seen as early as ten weeks using a video scalp microscope or HairCheck measurements. Cosmetic benefits may take six to twelve months to be noticeable in the mirror or photos.
How do I get started with Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution? - A one-on-one consultation with board-certified hair restoration physician, Dr. Alan J. Bauman, M.D., is the best way to determine if you are a good candidate for Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution. Routine medical tracking is recommended in order to achieve the best possible results with Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution or any hair restoration regimen.
Who should NOT use Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution? - Women of childbearing age should NOT use or come into contact with Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution or areas topically treated with the medication for at least three hours due to a risk of birth defects in a developing male fetus. Like all medications, keep Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution safely out of reach of children. Please refer to the pharmacy product insert for further information.
Where can I buy Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution? - Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution is only available with a prescription from Bauman Medical Hair Transplant and Hair Loss Treatment Center in Boca Raton, Florida. After your private one-on-one long-distance or in-person consultation, Dr. Bauman may prescribe and recommend Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution.For more information, visit https://baumanmedical.com/product/topical-finasteride/
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