Hair restoration treatments and technologies have come a long way since their beginnings.
The oldest known topical prescription for baldness dates back to 1550 BC and involved the regular application of a home mixture containing iron-oxide, onions, honey, alabaster, lead, and a combination of animal fats that included snake, crocodile, hippo, and lion fat among others.
Its efficacy is undocumented, but it stands to reason that any topical containing lead should be avoided.
Today’s topicals and technologies are much more likely to afford better results in less time, though even today, not all hair restoration treatments are equal in efficacy and efficiency.
Protocols, duration, and results among other factors can vary quite significantly between treatments and technologies, so which may offer the best outcomes for your patients?
Here, we explore today’s most popular hair loss treatment options alongside those just starting to see more interest in 2019.
Top Treatments to Stall Hair Loss and Stimulate New Hair Growth
The first drug treatment approved by the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for hair loss, minoxidil remains one of the most commonly used topical treatments for hair loss.
Available over the counter, minoxidil-based shampoos and topicals are often the first step patients take to treat early hair loss and thinning.
If used properly, minoxidil-based solutions can slow hair loss, but the details regarding whether they can stimulate new hair growth remains a little murky, particularly for older men and women.
Finasteride is another drug-based topical hair loss treatment that may be an effective solution for males.
An oral medication, finasteride works by preventing testosterone from forming DHT, the androgen hormone that is most commonly the culprit behind decreased hair growth in hormone-sensitive follicles.
Because it works on testosterone, finasteride is not an ideal option for female patients.
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