Non-Surgical Hair Loss Treatment
by Sandy Keefe
There are several non-surgical treatments for hair loss.
There are a number of non-surgical treatments for specific types of hair loss, including both male and female pattern baldness and alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease in which the body destroys its own hair follicles.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved finasteride pills, minoxidil foams and liquids, anthralin cream and injectable cortisone as non-surgical remedies for hair loss.
A doctor may prescribe finasteride pills for men with pattern baldness. Over-the-counter minoxidil can be rubbed into the scalp to treat alopecia areata and both types of pattern baldness. Alopecia areata also responds to topical applications of anthralin cream and cortisone injections.
Finasteride prevents a man's body from converting testosterone into a hormone that shrinks hair follicles. Cortisone, anthralin and minoxidil all promote new hair growth. Minoxidil also slows hair loss.
New hair growth is usually evident in 12 weeks with minoxidil, in three to four months with finasteride, in four weeks with cortisone injections and in 12 weeks with anthralin cream. However, individual results may vary.
Finasteride is never prescribed for women, and can cause severe defects in male fetuses if a pregnant female handles crushed or broken tablets.