FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHICH ARE THE BEST MEDICATIONS FOR HAIR LOSS?
Hair loss can be very upsetting and there are many products out there promising a miracle solution. But at StudioMD, we only work with products and treatments that have serious research backing up their claims.
There can be many causes for hair loss. But Androgenic alopecia is the most common condition among patients. It is also more commonly referred to as male pattern hair loss or male pattern baldness. Fortunately, Androgenic alopecia can often be controlled or reduced by at-home treatments, like prescription medications.
Minoxidil and Finasteride are two of the most popular hair loss treatments currently available. Both treatments are considered safe and effective, but have major differences between them. Especially regarding the dosage form each one takes and the suitability for female patients.
HOW DOES MINOXIDIL WORK FOR HAIR LOSS?
Minoxidil or Rogaine was designed to treat hereditary pattern baldness. It can be found over the counter in many forms, such as liquid solution, topical foam and shampoo. The treatment requires the medication to be applied daily directly to the scalp, once a day for women and twice a day for men.
Once you start the treatment with Minoxidil, it'll take at least six months of treatment to prevent further hair loss and to start visible hair regrowth. And you'll need to keep using the medicine indefinitely to retain the benefits.
There are no major side effects known to Minoxidil, but in rare cases it can cause scalp irritation or unwanted hair growth on the adjacent skin of the face and hands.
HOW DOES FINASTERIDE WORK FOR HAIR LOSS?
Finasteride or Propecia is a prescription drug designed exclusively for men. It only comes in pill form and requires to be taken daily. Although it may take a few months to check whether it's working for you, most patients experience great results in slowing of hair loss and new hair growth.
Finasteride is best known for its ability to prevent male pattern baldness from worsening and to protect your existing hair.
Unfortunately, Finasteride may not work as well for men over 60. Side effects of finasteride are rare, but can include diminished sex drive, sexual function and an increased risk of prostate cancer.
WILL I NEED TO APPLY CONDITIONER TO MY HAIR AFTER THE 82S SHAMPOO?
Formula 82S was recently updated to include more Saw Palmetto, as well as improved primary surfactant and conditioning ingredients, resulting in increased sudsing and conditioning while maintaining the formula's core benefits. Without the need for a separate conditioner, Formula 82S leaves hair soft, healthy, and easy to comb, and is an excellent complement to a daily regrowth regimen involving Formula 82M or Formula 82F.
WHAT MAKES NUTRAFOL FOR MEN, WOMEN AND WOMEN'S BALANCE DIFFERENT?
It comes as no surprise that men and women have different biochemical requirements. Men, for example, may produce more of the hair-damaging hormone DHT due to higher testosterone levels, whereas women may produce less. Nutrafol Men addresses such issues by increasing the amount of saw palmetto (a highly effective DHT blocker). Nutrafol Women, on the other hand, is formulated with patented stress adaptogens as well as the essential protein collagen. As women enter menopause later in life, there is a rapid decline in some hormones like estrogen and, of course, there is even more oxidative stress involved, which is what causes aging. Women's Balance helps with that, providing extra support through ingredients like saw palmetto, Maca, and Astaxanthin.
HOW DO I FIND OUT WHICH IS THE BEST MEDICATION FOR MY HAIR LOSS?
Since there are many underlying causes of hair loss, you should always consult with a doctor before you start any type of treatment with prescription medication.
An experienced doctor will likely conduct a physical exam and take into account your diet, your hair care routine, and your medical history. Tests can help the diagnose and may include:
Having your hair loss professionally evaluated can help immensely to get you closer and faster to the results you desire.
- Blood test. To help uncover medical conditions associated with hair loss;
- Pull test. To help determine the stage of the shedding process;
- Scalp biopsy. To help determine whether an infection is causing hair loss;
- Light microscopy. To help uncover possible disorders of the hair shaft.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Finasteride is not usually covered by most health insurance providers and the costs will vary significantly based on your location. Propecia can cost anywhere between $30 and $100 per month or more. Generic finasteride can be a less expensive option, costing anywhere between $20 and $60 per month.
Since Minoxidil is sold over the counter in many different forms, the strength, label name, and seller will determine the final cost. When compared to other brands, Rogaine is typically more expensive, costing around $45 for a 3-month supply.
WHERE CAN I GET TREATMENT FOR HAIR LOSS NEAR EASTCHESTER LARCHMONT?
Hair loss can be very upsetting and stay in the way of feeling and looking like your best version. At StudioMD Medical Aesthetics & Wellness Centers, our health professionals specialize in hair and scalp disorders and can identify the type and cause of your hair loss. Want to learn more about Minoxidil and Finasteride and check if they're the right treatment for you? Book an appointment today at our Larchmont location, and let’s work together towards your hair goals.