What are Hair Loss Medications?
If you have started experiencing thinning hair and bald patches, hair loss medication could reduce hair fall and encourage growth. During an appointment at Madeliene Elaine, Dr. Madeliene Elaine Gainers will identify the reason for your hair loss and discuss options to help treat the condition. Determining the underlying condition is critical to designing the best treatment plan for hair loss. At your consultation, she will complete a comprehensive assessment and perform diagnostic tests to select the best medications or supplements for you. Please call Madeliene Elaine in Chevy Chase, MD to learn more.
Who Benefits From Hair Restoration Medications?
As a noninvasive treatment alternative, prescription hair restoration medications work well for younger women and men who experience hair thinning and minor hair loss. To help treat specific types of alopecia, selecting the correct medication is extremely important. During your appointment with Dr. Gainers, she will discuss your medical history and stress level, review your symptoms, look at your hair loss pattern, exam your scalp, and perform diagnostic tests. If needed, Dr. Gainers may need to complete a blood panel to review your hormones or thyroid and determine if you have any vitamin deficiencies. Additionally, some patients may need a scalp biopsy to determine if they have any scalp issues. After assessing all of these factors, Dr. Gainers can diagnose the reason for your hair loss and create a treatment plan.
Hair Loss Medications and Supplements
Dr. Gainers offers both Finasteride and Minoxidil to encourage hair growth and reduce thinning hair. Finasteride is a medicine that prevents testosterone from converting to DHT by up to 70%, which helps to control, prevent, and reduce hair fall in men. Minoxidil is an FDA-approved topical medication that's utilized to stabilize hair loss and promote hair growth in both women and men. In addition to Minoxidil or Finasteride, Dr. Gainers may prescribe Spironolactone or thyroid medication for hair loss. In some cases, patients may also need certain supplements and Viviscal is often recommended. Finally, if you are a woman in childbearing years, Dr. Gainers will discuss your options before prescribing any treatments that address hormone issues related to hair loss.
What to Expect
Side effects and outcomes will be different for each unique condition and are based on the medication. Generally, Minoxidil and Finasteride have minimal side effects for men and women. No matter the prescribed medication or recommended supplements, it takes about 6 – 9 months to see decreased hair loss and potential growth. Your body needs time to adjust to the medications or supplements. Throughout your hair rejuvenation journey, Dr. Gainers will schedule follow-up appointments so she can adjust your treatment plan based on your needs.
Encourage Hair Regrowth
When seeking an answer for your hair loss, it is important to keep in mind that surgery isn't always necessary. It is possible to slow hair thinning and improve fullness by incorporating prescription-strength oral or topical medications or supplements. To find out more about how prescription hair growth medications might help you rejuvenate your hair and achieve your hair goals, please contact Madeliene Elaine in Chevy Chase, MD. Dr. Gainers looks forward to helping you feel more confident about the appearance of your hair.