Propecia (finasteride 1mg – the generic name) was approved by the FDA in 1997 and has a long track record of being a safe, effective, medical treatment for men. Clinical studies show that 90% of men improved their hair loss or maintained their existing hair with Propecia. Most men in a 5 year study saw results 3 to 12 months after starting Propecia. If propecia does not work for you in twelve months, further treatment is not likely to benefit you.
Male pattern hair loss (MPHL) is caused by the toxicity of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) on hair follicles. Too much DHT will lead to hair shedding, hair shaft miniaturization, thinning of the hair and then on to possible baldness. Propecia inhibits the enzyme (type 2, 5-alpha-reductase) that causes testosterone to convert into DHT. Thus Propecia blocks the body’s production of DHT and helps prevent hair loss.
Propecia clinical studies showed that in less than 2% of men sexual side effects occurred: low desire for sex – loss of libido, difficulty in achieving an erection, decrease in the amount of semen. These side effects went away when the patients stopped taking Propecia. Other rare side effects have been reported: breast tenderness and enlargement.
PROPECIA affects a blood test called PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) for the screening of prostate cancer. PROPECIA decreases PSA levels.
Women of childbearing age should not take or handle the medication.
Ask Dr. Halby if this medication is a good choice for you.
Does Rogaine (minoxidil) help with hair loss?
Rogaine, a topical non-prescription agent, may help somewhat for some people (men or women). Only a 6-12 month trial will tell if it will help you. Rogaine may help halt the loss process or give you new hair, but this lasts only as long as the medicine continues to be used. Hair loss will begin again within a few months after minoxidil treatment is stopped. It is not near as effective as a hair transplant. Ask Dr. Halby about Formula 82M that contains 5% minoxidil and other medications that is more effective, less greasy, and less disruptive to your hair styling than Rogaine.
I am pleased to announce the launch of LaserCap™ at Halby Hair Transplant. LaserCap™ is a portable, home device, which uses Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) to treat male and female pattern hair loss. It is safe and easy to use and fits in any cap. It is currently the most efficacious way to undergo Low Level Laser Light Therapy for hair growth and is the only completely portable, discrete and nearly 100% patient compliant device.
LaserCap™ has 224 low level laser lights built inside a flexible, hermetically sealed dome shaped membrane that fits comfortably in almost any hat and is powered by a small belt clip battery pack. It delivers 10X more power than the leading device, provides optimal dosage as its hits the entire scalp consistently and is as easy to use as wearing a hat. This also makes LaserCap™ portable and discreet.
It was developed by co-inventors Michael Rabin, MD and M.I.T.-trained optical physicist David Smith, PhD, in collaboration with Harvard-based photomedicine expert Michael Hamblin, PhD and internationally acclaimed hair restoration physician Robert Haber, MD. It is not only good for people losing their hair or with thinning hair, but is also good for people after hair transplants to maintain their existing hair.
It’s good for anyone who is experiencing some hair thinning. It works well with other hair loss treatments such as Minoxidil and Propecia, and hair transplants as well.