Drug Therapy in Washington, DC

Located in Vienna and serving the residents in and around Washington, DC, and Gaithersburg, Maryland, Younger Image Hair Transplant Clinic is helping patients understand hair restoration using prescription drug therapy.

Hair transplant procedures are not for everyone who experiences hair loss.  If you do not have severe hair loss, are not interested in more invasive procedures, or are not a candidate for other reasons, prescription drug therapy may be a good option for you.

Prescription drug therapy is an effective way to stop or slow hair loss.  Some patients even experience hair growth.  Before you begin a treatment plan, having a firm understanding of what you can expect is important.

What Are the Most Recommended Prescription Drugs for Hair Restoration?

Two FDA-approved drugs are currently available to treat hair loss:

  1. Rogaine® (Minoxidil) is an over-the-counter topical solution available to both men and women. It is the only FDA-approved topical product to treat androgenetic alopecia.  The medication is commonly used to slow or stop hair loss and can stimulate new hair growth in some users.  Rogaine® works by opening the blood vessels, making the hair follicles wider, and allowing nutrients to flow to the hair roots.  When Rogaine® use is discontinued, patients’ hair typically returns to the state it was in before using the topical medication.
  2. Propecia® is a prescription medication available to men. It is the only FDA-approved pill to treat androgenetic alopecia.  The medication is used to prevent testosterone from converting to DHT that causes male pattern baldness.  Propecia® restores the size of shrunken hair follicles and potentially increases the hair’s growing phase.  Patients must use Propecia® for at least one year to determine the medication’s effectiveness.

Are Both Drugs Prescribed to Women Experiencing Hair Loss?

Rogaine® is approved for women, and is even available in a formula specifically designed for women.  Propecia® is not currently available for use by women.  The reason why is because past research indicates that a 1mg dosage of Propecia® is not effective to stimulate hair growth in women.   Studies are currently underway to determine whether a 5mg dosage is safe and effective. Regardless of the findings, Propecia® is not an option for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant.

Located in Vienna, and serving the residents in and around Washington, DC, and Gaithersburg, Maryland, Younger Image Hair Transplant Clinic offers drug therapy for patients who desire less invasive hair restoration. Contact us today to schedule your hair restoration consultation.