This hair restoration question was answered by hair loss forum member “ArochaHair”, online representative for Coalition physician Dr. Bernardino Arocha: I’ve been on the hair loss drug Propecia (finasteride) for the last three or four years and I’m thinking about dropping it to every other day. I’d just like to find out if anyone has had any bad experience or success with three times a week or even twice a week. Propecia every other day or 1/4 of Proscar every other day is fine either way. It makes little difference because what matters more is consistency. The medication itself has a short half-life but once you reach a point of relative saturation then maintaining is important. Some patients even take it twice a week, on a very strict schedule, with benefits but there is evidence to suggest that the efficacy is related to the dosage so if you are experiencing maintenance of your hair or you even had an improvement for your hair, don’t experiment too much with a much lower intake frequency. […]
I’ve been suffering from baldness for the last 5/6 years from the forehead to the middle of my scalp. Please suggest hair loss medication that works and I can get easily. Only Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil) are proven to stop the progression of male pattern baldness. However, if you’ve been losing hair for 5 to 6 years, you may have already lost a good portion of your hair. Propecia and Rogaine may help slow down, stop, or reverse the effects of thinning hair. Only hair transplant surgery is proven to grow hair in completely bald areas. If you are considering hair transplant surgery, I recommend using the map feature of our website in order to find a quality hair transplant surgeon nearest to you. After all, it’s a lifetime investment and getting it done right the first time far outweighs the inconvenience of traveling. To see what protocol we use to recommend physicians in our community, click here. You can also do a free virtual consultation with one of […]
This hair restoration question was answered by hair loss forum member “ArochaHair”, online representative for Coalition physician Dr. Bernardino Arocha: I am a 62 yr. old white female with hair loss mainly on top of my scalp, mostly towards front area. I have been losing hair since my 40’s. I currently use hair powder like Joan Rivers Great Hair Day Powder or wigs. It is really hot in Texas and wearing a wig every day is very uncomfortable. I’m wondering about how many hair grafts I would need to fix my thin areas. Also, would I be a better candidate for a strip hair transplant or follicular unit extraction (FUE)? As a female, and with the diffused hair loss shown in your photo, you have a fairly strong chance of also having diffused loss in the traditional donor zone so this area has to be carefully examined as well. With cases like yours, and assuming diffused donor loss, there is usually a small area at the back of your donor that has the […]
Temporary Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP): The Advantages, Disadvantages, and Top Clinics Currently Offering the Treatment
For the past several years, one of the most anticipated and discussed hair loss treatments has been Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP). Scalp Micropigmentation is a process where a physician or trained technician uses a tattooing process to mimic the appearance of shortly cropped hair on bald or thinning scalp. The process helps create the illusion of increased density in individuals with thinning hair or a “shaved,” “cropped” appearance in those with a completely bald scalp. Initially, Scalp Micropigmentation was a permanent process, and technicians/physicians performed the procedure with a permanent, non-fading SMP ink. However, recently several new clinics and practitioners began offering a non-permanent Scalp Micropigmentation process, performed with temporary SMP ink. After learning about the new temporary Scalp Micropigmentation process, hair loss sufferers became even more excited; but the new technique leaves several important questions unanswered: what are the advantages of the new procedure? What are the disadvantages of the new technique? Most importantly, which clinics are offering temporary SMP? Temporary Scalp Micropigmentation Advantages Altogether, temporary SMP does offer several […]
This question, from a member of our hair loss social community and discussion forums, was answered by Coalition hair transplant surgeon Dr. Glenn Charles: I’m just 1 month post hair transplant and wanted to know when is it safe to resume playing soccer? I play 2-3 times a week but not too aggressive soccer and really don’t use my head at all. However, I do run a lot and fast (i.e., sprints). Is there any risk to the recipient or donor area? You can play now as long as you are not doing the head butting thing. I have had some professional soccer players as patients and have seen what I feel is an increased amount of scar tissue on the top of the scalp. This might be from the trauma of repeated heading of the ball over all those years. Dr. Glenn Charles — David Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog.