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Male Hair Loss

Female Hair Loss: hair loss in women, causes and treatment. Now a days, hair loss and thinning in women is common. Some time due to genetics or certain medical reasons like thyroid etc. Hair loss in women is observed. The question of what can cause hair loss in women attributes to many factors ranging from simple nutritional deficiencies, hormonal changes or stress….
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How to use finasteride for hair loss


This a very common question asked by most of the patients who have been prescribed the medicine or even those who have heard about it and want to use it to treat hair loss due to male pattern baldness. But, usually, self-medication causes more harm than good and should be avoided. Rather, it is better than a dermatologist examines you, assesses the condition of your scalp, runs suitable investigations and comes to the correct diagnosis. With the diagnosis in hand, it becomes easier to decide a treatment plan, tailored to suit the cause-specific management of the problem.

Male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia is a common cause of hair loss in men. It usually indicates that hair loss runs in your family, either on your mother’s or father’s side of the family, i.e it is hereditary. Oral finasteride and topical minoxidil are FDA approved drugs to treat androgenetic alopecia. It takes about 3-4 months of regular use of the medicines for positive results to be seen so that the efficacy can be judged.

How Minoxidil helps in hair regrowth


Testosterone is converted to Dihydrotestosterone or DHT in the presence of 5 alpha-reductase enzyme. DHT is the active form of testosterone in most of the tissues and is used for many biological androgenic functions. But in the scalp area, an excess of DHT is responsible for causing hair loss. Finasteride blocks the 5 alpha-reductase enzymes, ie, it is a 5 alpha-reductase inhibitor and helps to control the production of DHT. Thus, it helps to curb hair fall. Minoxidil and finasteride are used together mostly, to stop hair loss, preserve existing hairs with a small percentage of new hair growth.

Here is an opinion on the use of Finasteride.


Finasteride is prescribed at a dose of 1mg/day. Reports surfaced that finasteride is responsible for a lot of side effects in males, like erectile dysfunction, poor quality, and quantity of semen, impotence among many others. But later, scientific evidence has been documented that the side effects were seen in some unfortunate 1% of the people using it. It is a relatively safe drug and is prescribed by doctors worldwide to treat androgenetic alopecia. Moreover, the side effects mentioned with the use of finasteride, are all reversible. The person returns to normal soon after discontinuing the drug.

The truth about Finasteride side effects


If your dermatologist has prescribed the medicine, you should follow the orders accordingly.

Adjunctive treatment modalities are also available to enhance the results and hence, combination therapy is the approach preferred by many doctors. They include PRP, mesotherapy, LLLT, derma roller etc.


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Male Hair Loss

There are many reasons for hair loss in male ranging from genetics or family history of hair loss, daily or work life stress etc. Hair loss may be genetic or non-genetic. The following section briefs you about few top causes of hair loss and treatment for it.

The most important type of hair loss in males is male pattern baldness or Androgenetic Alopecia. Almost 70% to 80 % of males suffer from male pattern baldness. The main causes of hair loss in men are usually changing in eating habits or crash dieting, change in environment or stress induced due to work or personal reasons. HairMD- hair loss clinic in Pune, provides our patients with proven hair loss treatment which are based on 28+ years of successful clinical experience Dr Dhananjay Chavan, MBBS, DDV & proven medical research. The mainstay of treatment for male pattern hair loss is finasteride and minoxidil. Finasteride blocks the hormones i.e. 5 alpha reductase in the body which are responsible for hair loss. Minoxidil increases blood flow to the scalp and promotes hair growth in bald patches or spots. Apart from finasteride and minoxidil various procedures like platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP), mesotherapy, micro-needling (derma roller), low-level laser light therapy (LLLT) are some of the ways to treat hair loss.

In PRP for hair loss, concentrated growth factors are extracted from the blood of the patient and then transferred back to the scalp of the patient. In micro-needling (derma roller for hair loss treatment) thousands of micro punctures are created in patient’s scalp with the help of derma roller. These micro punctures result in the release of intrinsic growth factors at that site stimulate hair growth.

In low-level laser light therapy (LLLT), light from a cold laser (red laser waves) is delivered to the hair, this laser light stimulates the hair follicles for faster growth. This treatment is US FDA approved for hair loss problem. In mesotherapy growth peptides, plane stem cell extract and various other growth factors are delivered locally to our hair. All these treatment procedures along with medicine are responsible for the great results. We are able to give to our patients suffering from hair loss.

You can see our hair loss treatment results here or on Don’t worry, if you are experiencing sudden hair loss or severe long-term hair loss, take hair loss consultation with our dermatologist or hair loss doctors. Also, please visit our page for more hair loss treatment result.