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Are you seeing the first signs of losing your hair? Taking steps now may be important to stopping hair loss. The earlier you visit us at the Center for Hair Restoration in Pittsburgh, the more options are open to you, including some of the best Propecia Pittsburgh has available. Propecia is FDA-approved to treat male pattern baldness – but is taking this medication right for you?

At the Center for Hair Restoration in Pittsburgh, we have assembled an array of hair restoration treatments to help men who are unwilling for the “inevitable” hair loss to occur. Propecia is an effective medication for many men in the early stages of hair loss.

Modern Treatments for Hair Loss: What’s Right for You?

Dr. Heil can advise you if a Propecia prescription may be a viable treatment for your individual case of hair loss. While this medication is proven effective, just like any other medication, it isn’t right for every man. Propecia is not a topical treatment that you apply to balding or thinning areas, but an FDA-approved medication you take as a pill that wards off the advancement of male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia).

Benefits of Propecia

Propecia is a very effective treatment for many men who are genetically-programmed for baldness. The main ingredient is finasteride, a drug first FDA-approved as a treatment for an enlarged prostate, and later to treat male pattern baldness.

The benefits of this prescription drug can include:

  • One pill per day
  • Restores hair growth in thinning areas
  • Slows down or halts hair loss
  • Triggers hair follicles to produce thicker, healthier hair

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The Science Behind Balding

Male pattern baldness has a standard pattern, beginning above both temples with the hairline slowly receding to the typical “M” shape. The crown then thins and eventually goes bald until the front, top, and crown no longer produce any hair.

This hair loss progression comes about due to a male hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) that impacts genetically-susceptible hair follicles men have on the front, top, and crown of the head. The follicles on the back of the head are not programmed to be affected by DHT – which is why this area is the donor site for harvesting hair follicles for transplantation.

Hair Loss in Men and Hormones

DHT is the culprit in male pattern baldness, as it triggers the susceptible hair follicles to shrink, after which they are only capable of producing very thin, fine hair, called “vellus hair.” The DHT also impacts the normal growth cycle by shortening thee growth phase (anagen). As the DHT goes to work, affecting your hair follicles, your hair becomes shorter and finer, after which the follicle no longer can produce any hair at all.

How Does Propecia Work?

The medication works by blocking the enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT. While it takes time for Propecia to work, many men have found taking the medication is an excellent way to trick nature and keep a thick, healthy head of hair. It works best on those in the early stages of balding when the vellus hairs are appearing, looking thin, weak, fine, and short. It may require a year or longer on the drug for the hair growth to change. To maintain results, you must continue to take the drug, as if you stop, the areas where hair regrowth occurred will eventually shed.

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