Men's Hair Loss Treatment Options Get a Makeover

by Andy Smith

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday April 25, 2018

Men's Hair Loss Treatment Options Get a Makeover

Men are losing their hair sooner than you might think. About 66 percent of men experience hair loss by age 35 and 25 percent of those men begin noticing sinks full of hair before they're old enough to drink.

In our age of medical miracles, it seems incredible that such a high percentage of men are still in the dark about non-surgical hair loss prevention options.

Treatment is out there, but so few ask for it. hims is working to change this dynamic. This personal wellness brand is helping men do battle with hair loss using the most effective, science-backed treatments available today.

To learn more, EDGE interviewed hims medical ambassador Dr. Ho Anh about the science behind reversing hair loss and recent advances in treatment, including medications like Finasteride, one of the key components in the brand's regimen.

Can you talk about Finasteride and its effectiveness at stopping hair loss? Typically, what percentage of men does it help and how long does it take to work?

Finasteride is one of the most effective prescription medicines that is approved for the treatment of male pattern baldness. Upwards of 83 percent of men will notice an arrest to the hair loss process. It will take three to six months to notice progress.

Limiting DHT is Key to Keeping Our Hair

Limiting DHT is Key to Keeping Our Hair

What is DHT, how does it accelerate hair loss and how important is it for men experiencing hair loss to reduce their level of DHT?

DHT is short for dihydrotestosterone. This is a form of testosterone that binds to the hair follicle and causes it to shrink, weaken, and eventually die. Having too much of this DHT will cause lots of hair follicles to die, leading to male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia). Reducing the concentration of DHT will slow this process.

Biotin-based vitamins and DHT shampoo are part of the hims regimen. How important are they to controlling hair loss and improving overall hair quality?

Biotin is a vitamin that helps in the process of keratin production. And Keratin is the protein, or building block, that makes up your hair. Having enough biotin in your body helps to ensure that when it comes time to build new hair that your body is equipped and ready to do so.

The shampoo contains ingredients that help prevent DHT containing sebum from building up on the scalp and by doing so keeps the scalp healthy. The shampoo and multivitamin supplement help create an optimal environment with medicines like finasteride and minoxidil to help grow thicker and healthier hair.

Hope for Preexisting Hair Loss
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Hope for Preexisting Hair Loss

For men who have already lost a significant amount of hair, does the hims program offer hope?

Finasteride has been shown in some studies to arrest hair loss in 83 percent of men. Additionally, about 65 percent of men experience some level of regrowth. It really depends on how far advanced the hair loss is.

Regrowth is possible, but the results vary from person-to-person. Depending on the extent of one's existing hairline, patients may not see a full 100 percent return of their original hairline. Unfortunately, once a hair follicle completely dies, it cannot be revived.

The Impact of Adding Minoxidil to the Mix
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The Impact of Adding Minoxidil to the Mix

Most men are familiar with Minoxidil? How does it differ from and (potentially) complement the effectiveness of Finasteride?

Finasteride works by blocking DHT. Because this is a pill that you take, this is done on what is called the systemic level. In other words, it works by reducing the DHT levels in your entire body. Minoxidil is applied to the scalp and hair itself, it works directly on the problem areas. So it's not absolutely necessary to use both of these medicines at the same time, but it could be helpful to do so.

What are the possible side effects of Finasteride and should men who use this medication be concerned?

Less than 2 percent of the men who took finasteride in clinical trials experienced other sexual side effects like a low libido, difficulty maintaining an erection, and ejaculatory disorders. It's important to note these side effects disappeared in almost all the men who stopped taking finasteride and even subsided in men who continued using it.

All medications can have some level of side effect(s) and whether or not men should be concerned is dependent on the patient, so this should be discussed with your physician.

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