Hair loss can be an emotionally troubling experience for any man or woman. At The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, we continue to make many advances in hair restoration, and pride ourselves on achieving the most natural-looking results for all of our patients. Still, we realize that most people would rather their hair had never fallen out in the first place. That’s why Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis are constantly exploring every option in hair loss prevention so that they can offer our patients a variety of choices to suit their individual treatment needs. While treatment varies by each patient, there are numerous options that have proven effective in today’s hair loss research.
The oral medication finasteride inhibits the production of an enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which shrinks the hair follicles and is a leading cause of baldness. In clinical trials, finasteride stopped the progression of hair loss in 86% of men, and 65% had a “substantial” increase in hair growth. Many patients have reported that this single daily pill, available commercially as Propecia® (a 1mg daily dose) and Proscar® (a 5mg dose), was enough to keep their hair loss in check. Another DHT blocker has now been proven to stop the progression of hair loss and even stimulate new growth is Avodart, also known as dutesteride. It has the same safety profile as finesteride and is slightly more effective than it. Keep listening and you will hear more about this newcomer.
The topically-applied medication Extra-Strength Rogaine® (5% minoxidil), has also been shown to help patients keep the hair they have. By increasing the size of shrunken hair follicles and keeping them in the growth phase longer, it has proven to slow the progression of hair loss and, in some cases, actually help re-grow small amounts of hair. An estimated 30-60% of men have seen decreased hair loss or some amount of re-growth. Continued regular application is required and can be easily fit into a daily routine. In addition to minoxidil, Dr. Griffin and Dr. Curtis can formulate their own custom blends of topical prescription medications to meet specific needs.
A relatively new advancement in hair restoration is red light therapy, which exposes the patient’s scalp to focused, red-spectrum light, increasing the energy production around the hair follicles and waking cells from dormancy into an active growth phase. Red light treatment is used primarily to maintain the hair on the head and prevent further thinning; however some patients experience re-growth as well. We offer two forms of red light therapy at the Griffin Center, a hood-type device (similar to the commercial hair dryers you might find at a hair salon) and the LaserCap® that can be worn under an ordinary baseball cap. In either case, treatments typically last 15-30 minutes, two to four times per week.
If you have questions about hair loss causes and treatments offered by The Griffin Center, please contact our office to schedule a consultation. Visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more exciting announcements.