What are Hair Growth Medications?
Hair loss can feel like a devastating blow to a person's appearance and confidence. If you are dealing with the frustrating signs of hair thinning and hair loss, the compassionate team at Lone Star State Dermatology Clinic wants to help. At both of our offices in San Antonio, TX, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Jean-Denis Boucher provides customized hair loss treatment plans, which often include the use of prescription-strength oral or topical medications to improve the growth and fullness of your hair. We commonly prescribe Finasteride for men while Minoxidil is suitable for both women and men. Both treatments are approved by the FDA and have their own function in treating baldness. To schedule your consultation, please contact our office in San Antonio, TX.
Hair Growth Medication Options
Great candidates for prescription hair growth medications are men and women who would prefer a less invasive treatment to address hair thinning and balding. During your appointment, Dr. Boucher will discuss your medical history and specific situation in order to create a customized hair loss treatment plan. He may recommend combining medications with other in-office treatments, such as PRP therapy. Our treatment options include:
- Finasteride: This medicine is FDA approved to treat male pattern hair loss. It works by decreasing the amount of hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) produced in the body, leading to improved hair growth and decreased hair loss. You should begin to see some cosmetic results after 3 – 6 months with final outcomes seen after a year of treatment.
- Minoxidil: Minoxidil is FDA-approved topical medicine that's used to stabilize hair loss and promote hair growth in both men and women. Patients will apply the medication to the scalp twice daily with some visible results seen after about 4 – 6 months. Final improvements are seen after about a year of consistent use.
Hair growth medications FAQs
What are the main causes of hair loss?
Hair loss is a global problem that affects both men and women of all age groups. Genetics, certain medical conditions, hormone changes, and even some hairstyling practices can cause some people to have thinning or balding hair. It may not be possible to determine the exact cause of your hair loss, but the professionals at Lone Star State Dermatology Clinic will work with you to find a solution.
How does hair growth medication help?
It is possible to prescribe medications that can help stimulate hair growth and prevent further loss. Dr. Boucher can discuss your condition and come up with a custom treatment plan that best fits your needs. Medications are an excellent alternative to surgery or hair transplants, which can lead to scarring or long recovery times.
What about options like hair transplants?
Hair transplants are another alternative for individuals suffering from hair loss. However, these methods are often invasive and can lead to scarring or limited results. Our clinic in San Antonio, TX, is proud to provide a proven nonsurgical solution that still yields reliable outcomes. Patients are excited to notice new hair growth without going under the knife.
Treatment Is Available
When searching for a hair loss solution, it's important to remember that surgery may not be necessary. It's possible to slow hair loss and boost growth through a daily routine of topical or oral medications. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Jean-Denis Boucher to learn more about prescription medications and other customized treatment options that can help revive your hair. Reach out to Lone Star State Dermatology Clinic in San Antonio, TX to get started.