Does Propecia and Rogaine Treat Hair Loss in the Front of the Balding Scalp?

Wed 20 Feb 2008

This question was posed  by a hair loss sufferer on our hair restoration forum  and answered by  Dr. Michael Beehner  of Saratoga Springs, NY who is one of our recommended hair restoration physicians. His professional answer is below.

The whole issue of hair loss drugs such as Propecia  / Proscar (finasteride) or Rogaine (minoxodil)  only working in the crown/vertex region of the scalp for hair loss  is totally false. The reason these two companies have to say that in their advertising is that the studies they conducted on these hair loss medications were done in those areas, and, because of the strict rules of the FDA, one can only say  hair loss drugs work in the area in which you studied it. I have had many, many hair restoration patients given either or both hair loss treatments who have benefited in all other areas of the scalp, including the midscalp on top, the frontal region, and even rarely in the balding recessions in front.

Topical minoxidil and oral finasteride do work synergistically, but I find most male hair loss sufferers aren’t motivated enough or willing to invest the money into taking both.   Research also shows that the prescription-strength Nizoral shampoo   or Revita Shampoo  in the form of  2% ketoconazole  may also have a slight chance to regrow hair also.

I’m still somewhat of a skeptic on laser therapy devices such as the laser comb  and would want to see far more convincing proof before making it a routine hair restoration  recommendation in my practice.

Mike Beehner, M.D.

Associate Publisher of the Hair Transplant Network and the Hair Loss Learning Center
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2 Comments so far:

  1. GIN says:


  2. Craig Sasse says:

    Some people have much success with hair loss drugs like Propecia. It is ideal to try it first before investing your hard earned money in laser. BTW, no doctors are going to guarantee any hair loss treatment.

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