Published in Issue #5 | Summer 2016

By Chad Straughan

The days of toupees have come and gone. It’s a good thing! It seems more and more of us are requiring sunscreen on the top of our heads more often than our backs. Some of us have embraced balding while others are trying everything under the sun to keep that last stray hair alive, even if you are sporting the “Trump wave”. There are many hair regrowth remedies out there, some backed by science and some not at all. You have asked about the various medications available, so here is a quick run down. There are two primary medications available that have shown positive results. Minoxidil (aka Rogaine) is an over the counter medication that is often applied twice daily to the scalp. It has been proven to stop hair loss and possibly even regrow hair. The key with minoxidil is to start using it early, when you first notice hair loss and to NOT stop. One study cited 55% of men had hair regrowth after 5 months while using a 5% solution. Finasteride is an oral medication that is also often used. It works by increasing hair regrowth and slowing hair loss specifically at the crown and middle of the scalp. So, you may be asking yourself, which one is best for me. My recommendation is to start with minoxidil (because it is over the counter) and if you are not liking what you see, make an appointment with your MD to discuss the pros and cons of finasteride along with other possible treatments (such as compounds).

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Laura Olsen

Houston, TX