Hair Loss Medicine: Rogaine Vs. Propecia
06 / 09 / 15

Hair Loss Medicine: Rogaine Vs. Propecia

If you’re not a candidate for surgical hair restoration procedures, hair loss medicine such as Rogaine or Propecia could be the right solution for you. If you don’t know which medication is right for you, read these facts about each product and schedule a consultation with Dr. Gray at the Hair Transplant & Restoration Center.

Hair Loss Medicine

Rogaine (Minoxidil)

Rogaine is a hair loss medicine that is safe for both men and women suffering from miniaturization or thinning. It’s an FDA-approved topical solution or foam that you can purchase over the counter in either a 2 percent or 5 percent concentration. The key ingredient in Rogaine is minoxidil, which enlarges the hair follicle and restarts the growth cycle.

Propecia (Finasteride)

While Rogaine is safe for women, Propecia is not safe for women of child-bearing age or pregnant women. In fact, pregnant women should not even handle broken or crushed Propecia medication because it could cause birth defects in male babies. Propecia is an FDA-approved hair loss medicine taken orally once per day, and it treats male pattern hair loss on the top of the head and mid-scalp area. Propecia blocks the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the hormone that is a key factor in the shrinking of hair follicles.

Read more information about Rogaine and Propecia.

Other Non-Surgical Treatments

If neither of these hair loss medicines sounds like a solution for you, HT&RC offers other non-surgical treatments for hair loss: Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT).

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

LLLT is a hair loss therapy that uses infrared light to stimulate wound healing, mitochondrial DNA, and cytokine recreation. The FDA-approved non-surgical procedure using the Capillus 272 laser cap has been found to increase hair thickness and hair count in both men and women. Patients wear the laser cap for 20-30 minutes about three times per week. The battery-rechargeable cap can be worn while doing other activities and the cap has a 5-year warranty.

Read more about Low Level Laser Therapy.

Contact HT&RC to schedule a consultation.