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Hair Loss Prevention

Why do some hair loss doctors choose not to prescribe dutasteride for hair loss?

Patient’s Question: Hi Dr. Friedman, I was reading online about how DHT causes hair loss, and that Finasteride/Propecia can block DHT from causing hair loss. Reading further, I learned that finasteride only blocks one type of DHT, while Dutasteride/Avodart actually blocks both forms of DHT. My question is what is your opinion of using dutasteride…

Can I take Propecia and Rogaine at the same time?

  • Dr Shelly Friedman, DO
  • September 19, 2017
  • Hair Growth
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Patient’s Question: I found out on-line that you should wait about eight months to one year when taking Propecia before starting to take minoxidil.  I have been using minoxidil for years already.  What should I do?  Can I still start taking Propecia? Dr. Friedman’s Answer: I personally would start Propecia and minoxidil at the same…

Does laser therapy grow new hair?

  • Dr Shelly Friedman, DO
  • September 15, 2017
  • Hair Growth
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Patient’s Question: I have thinning hair on the crown of my head that is creeping outward but I don’t want to have a surgical procedure. Is laser therapy a good option for me? Will it re-grow my hair? Dr. Friedman’s Answer: As long as one has some residual hair still present, what we call “miniaturized…

Does Saw Palmetto or Chili Powder Stop Hair Loss?

Patient’s Question: I’ve been searching the internet for the latest info on hair restoration medicine that regrows lost hair, or at least stops hair loss, and I come across things like people using Saw Palmetto as DHT-blocker, or using chili powder on their scalp to promote blood flow. Does that stuff really work? Dr. Friedman’s…

Who is most vulnerable to hair transplant shock loss?

Patient’s Question: Are there certain people or conditions in which shock loss is more likely to occur after a hair transplant? Are there any ways to avoid this? Dr. Friedman’s Answer: Whenever we transplant into areas that still have existing native hair (remaining hair), there is always the possibility of causing shock that is a…

What is the best treatment to stop thinning hair loss?

Patient’s Question: I’m in my early 60s and tried hair loss medications years ago with no real results. My hair just keeps getting thinner and I’d like to know if there are any truly effective treatments that stop thinning. Doctor Friedman’s Answer: Prior to the 1990s, there were a number of non-FDA approved topical products…

Do Hair Transplant Doctors Help Prevent Hair Loss?

Summary of Patient’s Question: Do hair transplant doctors treat hair loss, or prevent hair loss, in addition to performing hair transplants, and if so, what is the recommended hair loss prevention method for a young person? Doctor Friedman’s Answer: Depending on family hair loss history, the earlier medical treatment is started the better the chance…

What is the best topical treatment for the re-growth and thickening of hair loss for a female around the age of 40?

Patient’s Question: What is the best topical treatment for the re-growth and thickening of hair loss for a female around the age of 40? Dr. Friedman’s Answer: I personally do not believe there is a good topical treatment for re-growth for women.  The only FDA approved drug is Rogaine or minoxidil and I think it…