In the news, it is not uncommon to hear about “miracle cures” for hair loss. Often times, news reports boast of hair loss treatments capable of completely reversing hair loss, but these same
reports are often short on details and lacking in clinical evidence. Articles plugging the latest drug capable of reversing hair loss fail to mention that the isolated case being discussed was actually an individual with a hair loss disease or temporary hair loss—not androgenetic alopecia.
What is important for readers to know is, androgenetic alopecia is responsible for 95% of thinning hair in men.
Alopecia Areata, for example, causes hair loss from the immune system attacking hair follicles. This can be brought on by severe stress and can include other symptoms like itching or small dents in nails.
Women can experience hair loss during pregnancy or other hormonal changes due to menopause or oral contraceptive use. Bosley Medical Director Dr. Ken Washenik, explains that after a series of months the shedding period will end and much of the hair will start to regrow.
Temporary causes of hair loss are not necessarily being cured but treated and corrected over time, which can include lifestyle changes to limit stress.
Progressive hair loss will not reverse over time, but lost hair can be completely restored with technological advancements in hair restoration. Bosley offers proven and FDA cleared treatments for hair loss, including hair transplantation, which is the only permanent solution to thinning hair.
Bosley hair transplantation techniques include Follicular Unit Transplant and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). Both techniques result in a perfectly natural look and restored hairline that is virtually undetectable when compared to someone who didn’t have the procedure.
Natural looking hair transplantation with a restored hairlineis a result that only a skilled, well-trained physician can achieve. Bosley physicians are highly skilled and understand the classical rules of facial dimensions, balance and proportion.
Hair transplantation can restore the hair you’ve lost. Other FDA cleared treatments, such as Minoxidil and Propecia, can complement hair transplant procedures.
Minoxidil, part of 5-Step Bosley Professional Strength for Men and Professional Strength for Women, increases blood flow and nutrition to the follicles. Finasteride (Propecia®) inhibits the hormone DHT, which is the primary cause of male-pattern hair loss. Both treatments can be part of your complete hair restoration plan but will not bring back hair you’ve already lost as a single therapy. They can however, help to keep the hair you have and complement hair transplantation.
Hair restoration today is extremely effective with results being completely natural looking. If you have questions regarding hair restoration, Bosley offers a free, no-obligation consultation at 70 locations throughout the U.S.
In the following video, Bosley Assistant Medical Director Dr. Edwin Suddleson answers the popular question of whether Propecia® is more effective than Minoxidil for combating hair loss: