This drug was initially introduced as an oral medication for hypertension. It was observed that it produced hypertrichosis (excessive hair). A topical solution was prepared which could achieve similar benefits. Minoxidil is applied to the scalp is used to stimulate hair growth in adult men and women with a certain type of baldness. Despite much research over 20 years we still have only a limiteRead More
How does finasteride help to improve hair growth or stop hair loss?Finasteride, a synthetic 4-azasteroid compound (it is not a steroid), is a specific inhibitor of steroid Type II 5α-reductase, an intracellular enzyme that converts the androgen testosterone into 5α-dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Finasteride works at the molecular level to halt hair loss and stimulate ne Read More
Dutasteride is an oral synthetic 4-azasteroid, is a potent, selective, irreversible inhibitor of type 1 and type 2 -5alpha-reductase (5AR), the enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) intracellularly. Dutasteride has been approved by the US FDA for treatment of prostate enlargement in the elderly. Although dutasteride is not approved for the treatment of hair loss, hair tRead More
Low Level Laser Light (LLLT)
It has long been known that red or near-infrared laser light promotes tissue repair and regeneration and low-intensity light called low-level laser therapy (LLLT) stimulates cellular activity. The most commonly used devices have wavelengths in the range 500–1,100 nm (the so-called optical window of tissue) and they deliver fluences of 1–10 J/cm2 with a power density of 3–90 mW/cm2. LLLT hasRead More
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma – hype or fact?PRP has been around for a while. The product is actually fairly simple: take some blood from the patient, and spin it down until you have the plasma with all the platelets in it, and inject it into the affected areas of scalp.
Why PRP may be more hype than science (at least at present)?Pattern hair loss is known to progress with age, and Read More