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 which promised hair regrowth and stopping of future hair loss, but proved to be worthless. In the early 1990s, the FDA mandated that any company promoting hair growth products must submit a FDA application for approval or cease selling their product. As of today, there is only one topical medication, Rogaine (Minoxidil) and one oral medication, Propecia (Finasteride) which is FDA approved. Propecia statistically stops hair loss in 92% of patients, but the results only last as long as the medication is taken daily. Rogaine on the other hand, has a much lower success rate and requires the application of the medication to the scalp twice daily. As with Propecia, any positive effects noticed with Rogaine, will be reversed when the medication is stopped.

Thank you for your inquiry. Please call us at 480.500.7443 or send us an EMAIL if you have any further questions.

Dr. Shelly Friedman, DO
Board Certified Hair Restoration Surgeon
Arizona’s Most Trusted Hair Loss Doctor
Named Phoenix Magazine’s Top Doc – Hair Transplant Surgeon