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5 Encouraging Facts About Propecia

5 Encouraging Facts About Propecia

Do you see bald spots every time you look in the mirror? Once you start losing your hair, it may seem like the only thing you notice about your reflection. While this is a common part of aging, you might wish you could change it.

Luckily, there’s an easy and effective way to greatly improve your hairline without going under the knife. Propecia® is a medication over 8 million Americans use to treat hair loss. The hair loss experts at Hair Doc, located in Cow Hollow, San Francisco, are here to give you five encouraging facts about Propecia.

1. Reverses male pattern baldness

Thinning hair starts at the hairline and affects the crown of your head. This is called male pattern baldness. One in two men over age 40 is affected by male pattern baldness. 

Male pattern baldness is caused by:

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a sex hormone attributed to male characteristics, including body hair. Propecia works by blocking the effects of DHT, which slows down hair loss and can even reverse it. Preserve your hairline for a more youthful appearance that you can feel confident about.

2. Nourishes your hair follicles with nutrients

Each strand of your hair is located inside a tiny hole, also known as a hair follicle. 

High levels of DHT prevent your body from absorbing essential nutrients needed for healthy hair follicles, which leads to male pattern baldness. 

Patients who take the suggested dose of 1 milligram of Propecia daily can enjoy thicker, stronger hair as their follicles are replenished with the necessary nutrients. This medication can also increase hair density which can lead to fuller-looking hair.

3. 80% of men preserved their hair count

You might find strands of hair on your pillow, brush, or in the shower. Losing 50-100 strands of hair a day is normal. However, losing more than 125 strands a day is considered excessive hair shedding and often leads to hair loss.

In a clinically controlled study, 80% of men who took Propecia preserved their original hair follicle count. This proves that Propecia effectively stops balding in its tracks, allowing less shedding and balding. 

4. Easy, well-tolerated treatment

Hair transplants, while effective, offer a recovery time that may not be suitable for some people. Between work, family, and social life, you live a busy life and might be seeking the easiest hair restoration option.

Propecia is one of the simplest hair restoration methods — it requires you to come in for a consultation with Peter Panagotacos, MD, and then take medication by mouth daily. Most men who take the prescription encounter no side effects or adverse reactions, making it an easy treatment to incorporate into their daily routine.

Like any medication, there is a risk for side effects. Of men, 2%-4% experience mild side effects like possible changes in libido and mood. However, these can be reversed once stopping treatment. 

5. May even regrow hair 

Baldness happens over time when a hair follicle shrinks, leading to shorter and finer hair strands. Ultimately, the hair follicle stops producing new hair but is still alive — allowing it to be possible to grow hair again. Of men who took Propecia for two years, 64% experienced regrowth. 

The success of regrowth may depend on the location on you’re scalp you’re experiencing hair loss. One study suggested that 61% of men experiencing hair loss hair found mild to moderate regrowth after taking Propecia. Temple regrowth was experienced at a lesser rate, with 37% of men experiencing regrowth.

Act today — schedule your consultation with Dr. Panagotacos. Call 415-907-7354 or book online.

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