Stop Hair Loss, Is There Hope?
What are the latest and greatest hair loss treatments and is there hope on the horizon for male and female baldness? One thing for sure, thousands of men and women hope so! A cure for hair loss would not only be great for their ego, it would also be an incredibly profitable product for the company that uncovers the secret. As a result, R&D departments are working overtime on the solution.
The cure for hair loss, according to leading researchers, will come from gene therapy. The results from most researchers believe a solution will be available within the next decade. The current cures are moving from labs to clinical trials as we speak. So what options do men have now?
Rogaine and Propecia are both products available today. These solutions are typically effective in stopping hair loss, but rarely do they promote regrowthRogaine uses Minoxidil to improve blood flow to the scalp and is available today for both men and women. Propecia uses Finasteride to block the development of DHT, the hormone that causes hair loss and is currently recommended by medical professionals for use by men only. Most men use these two products at the same time to put the double whammy on hair loss. Propecia comes with some potentially serious side effects and should be used only with a doctor’s permission and guidance. Typical side effects include decreased libido and ejaculation disorders and is typically not recommended for younger men.
One off label therapy is Avodart. It is a powerful drug that blocks both types of enzymes that create DHT. Like Propecia, Avodart also comes with some potentially serious side effects and should be used only with a doctor’s permission and guidance. Typical side effects include decreased libido and ejaculation disorders and is typically not recommended for younger men.
Hair transplant surgery is a good solution but very costly with a single surgery of approximately 5000 strands costing up to $20,000. It is considered a leading method for hair loss and baldness. The best and most successful full head transplants require at least 20,000 strands to be transplanted over four to five surgeries. Based on $20,000 per surgery, I am sure you can do the math!
The process is simple, the doctor takes healthy hair from non balding areas of the scalp and implants them into the balding areas. There are however serious factors to take into account. Patients will be left with nasty visible scarring at the back of the scalp where the donor site has been taken from. Also there is no 100% guarantee that all the donor strands will successfully take to their newly transplanted area and can result in a very thin and sparce appearance which is not to the patients expectations of a successful and more youthful look.
Other products that are now commonly advertised today and considered highly effective in combating hair loss for both men and women are Ketoconazole shampoos. Two leading Ketoconazole shampoos on the market today are Regenepure DR (Doctor Recommend) and Lipogaine “The Big 3” (Dermatologist Recommended) Shampoos. Some researchers remain skeptical due to the small sample size in the clinical studies, but many men and women have reported great results and no known major side effects have been reported. Ongoing treatment and regular use is required to maintain maximum effectiveness and recommendations advise that use of Ketoconazole Shampoos combined with Minoxidil has shown excellent and long lasting results.
There are some natural treatments on the marketplace that are less proven, such as Saw Palmetto and Pumpkin Seed Oil. These solutions have not been proven with any clinical trials and typically have a high level of placebo effect.
The cure for hair loss should arrive in our lifetime to the delight of men and women everywhere. The market is too large and with improved research, particularly in gene therapy, dictates that hope is on the way. In the meantime, men and women will receive the best bang for their buck and time with Ketoconazole Shampoos, Rogaine and Propecia (as prescribed by a medical professional).