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What is Finasteride?

A professional review of Finasteride side effects

What is FinasterideWe’re excited to announce that Dr. Nusbaum and Dr. Rose have been published in the August 2013 edition of the Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America Hair Restoration review. We congratulate our lead surgeons, and welcome Miami residents to get a brief look at one of the topics they covered in great detail: Treating hair loss with Finasteride, also known by the brand name Propecia®.

More on this publication. Published quarterly, “The Clinics” gathers reviews and testimony from the nation’s leading cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons on a variety of medical and surgical disciplines. Disciplines are many and varied, spanning 59 unique areas including Veterinary, Dental, and Nursing.

The Clinics is widely recognized as a leading reference for surgical professionals and residents/ prospective cosmetic surgery patients who desire current information on new treatment protocols. Published by surgeons, the reviews are widely recognized for providing in-depth coverage, unparalleled detail, and expert insight.

About Finasteride

Finasteride is a leading non-surgical option for the treatment of male pattern baldness. Most patients recognize Finasteride by the brand name Propecia®.

When comparing different treatment methods, the claim-to-fame of Finasteride is that it helps patients maintain existing hair. In studies, it has been shown that about 82% of men who begin taking Finasteride maintain their original follicle count. A smaller but sizable number of men (64%) experienced re-growth of hair after about 2 years of continued use.

One of the primary causes of male pattern baldness is DHT, a synthesized version of testosterone that becomes more prevalent in males as they age. Over time, DHT causes a phenomenon known as hair miniaturization, which eventually causes baldness to progress.

How it works. Finasteride inhibits a critical enzyme needed to convert testosterone to DHT. With continued Finasteride dosage, DHT production is halted and baldness stops. Continued use of Finasteride may have side effects, however, as detailed below.

Side Effects of Finasteride

Finasteride has undergone clinical evaluations for both safety and effectiveness. And while some experience success when using it to treat pattern baldness, others experience Finasteride side effects. Most commonly, side effects of this hair loss pill include:

  • Decreased libido
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Decreased ejaculate volume

Can Women Use Finasteride to Treat Hair Loss?

At this time, women cannot use Finasteride. Women who want to treat hair loss have the following options available, some of which are surgical procedures:

Non-surgical procedures:

  • Minoxidil (Rogaine®)
  • Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), though this treatment is most effective when used in conjunction with a surgical hair transplant.

Surgical procedures:

  • Strip Donor Hair Transplant
  • Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) / Follicular Isolation Technique (FIT) Transplant
  • Robotic Hair Restoration with the ARTAS®

Finasteride Reviews

A professional review of Finasteride reveals that the hair loss medication has clinical trials to support its effectiveness in treating symptoms of male pattern baldness. For additional reviews and information, visit this page on Finasteride reviews.

Please Note: The above links to Drugs.com, a third party website on which the opinions shared do not necessarily reflect those of our Institute. Always consult a licensed medical professional prior to starting, stopping, or changing your prescription medications.

Learn More About Finasteride at the Miami Hair Institute

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we offer numerous non-surgical hair loss treatment options including Propecia® (Finasteride), Rogaine® (Minoxidil), and exciting new Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) designed to stimulate follicular activity and hair growth.

To learn more about these clinically proven hair loss treatments, schedule a hair loss evaluation online or call our Institute directly at 1-877-443-9070.

Sources:

(i) Nusbaum, Bernard M.D., Rose, Paul M.D. Side Effects of Finasteride. Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America. 2013 August; 337-338.

Hair Transplant Gets Celebrity Endorsement from Wes Welker

Hair Transplant Gets Celebrity Endorsement from Wes WelkerFormer New England Patriot Wes Welker has gone public about his recent hair transplant procedure, giving NFL fans and hair loss sufferers something to talk about this season.

Endorsements from professional athletes are nothing new for hair transplant surgeons and clinics. In Europe, Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has openly shared his professional struggle with hair loss, often making headlines for being the recipient of such a stellar new head of hair. According to reporters at Daily Mail UK, Rooney shaved his head over the summer, a move that showed onlookers that even with a military-style cut, the footballer’s hairline looks natural and shows no visible signs of post-operative scarring.

Celebs Endorse Transplant, Dispelling Myths About Hair Loss Treatment

For men and women, celebrity endorsements help to dispel the long-standing myths surrounding new hair transplant procedures. Unlike the “hair plugs” of the 1980s, today’s methods and technologies are highly refined and known to produce exceptional results. In fact, more than 80% of Americans cannot tell when a man or woman has received a transplant, according to a new study by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS).

The days of unsightly hair plugs are long gone, and spreading awareness for today’s refined and natural-looking procedures has never been more important. It’s estimated that an alarming number of men—roughly 2/3rds—suffer with a hair loss condition, most commonly pattern baldness. Another 20 million or more women show signs of thinning or balding, often as the result of hormonal fluctuations, pregnancy, or menopause. For this growing population, hair loss can have a profoundly negative affect on personal, professional, and social life.

What Transplant Procedures Are Celebrities Trying?

Today, celebrities opt for one of two approaches to hair loss treatment. The first is non-surgical, which involves the use of low level laser therapy (LLLT) and hair loss drugs like Propecia® and Rogaine®. Follicular unit extraction (FUE) and the all-new ARTAS® System for hair transplant are two additional surgical procedures known to produce authentic and permanent results.

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT): A non-surgical treatment option, LLLT devices use FDA-approved low level lasers to stimulate blood flow through the scalp and around the follicles. Increased blood flow is thought to induce phototherapy, increasing nutrient and oxygen delivery to spur natural hair growth.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): FUE is one of the newest and most refined methods of hair transplant surgery. During the procedure, individual donor hairs are harvested using a small punch instrument, leaving virtual no sign of post-operative scarring. Follicles are then transplanted to the recipient area by hand, giving the surgeon the ability to carefully recreate the patient’s natural hairline, density, and overall authentic appearance.

ARTAS® System: The first FDA-approved hair transplant robot, the all-new ARTAS® System uses advanced digital imaging and robotics technologies to assist surgeons in rapidly identifying the very best donor hair for FUE transplant. With ARTAS technology, transplant procedures are faster, more comfortable, and produce more authentic results.

Hair Transplant Institute of Miami

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, our team represents South Florida’s finest surgeons, technologies, and staff. We are 1 of fewer than 20 hair loss clinics nationwide to offer the revolutionary new ARTAS® System, and we are proud to offer the most comprehensive hair loss evaluation and treatment methodology available. At our clinic, each of our team members holds your pursuit of a fuller, more natural head of hair in the highest regard.

To learn more about hair loss treatment, schedule an appointment with our Institute online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Viviscal® for Hair Loss Review

Viviscal® for Hair Loss ReviewExcitement is met by skepticism as a new product for treating hair loss has been announced. Named Viviscal®, the new hair care regimen includes a set of oral supplements (pills), shampoos, and conditioners promoted as an effective means for rebuilding thicker and fuller hair.

But are the claims backed by reputable research, and will the product work? These are two critical questions that need answered prior to choosing any method of hair restoration– including both surgical procedures and non-surgical products.

Good Viviscal® Alternatives

One of the best alternatives to Viviscal® that hair care professionals recommend is Minoxidil. Minoxidil has been shown effective in stopping hair loss while also promoting new hair growth in some men and women since as early as 1980. Known widely under the brand name Rogaine®, Minoxidil first became approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the middle of the 1980s. A twice-daily topical treatment, Minoxidil offers ease-of-use and convenience that has garnered big sales as well as international acclaim amongst users, physicians, researchers, and hair/ health organizations.

In the 30+ years since Minoxidil has received its approval from the FDA, the hair loss treatment has undergone extensive testing in which the product has consistently produced results for both men and women. Hair loss professionals note that those who desire a more permanent solution to hair restoration ought to consider a surgical procedure, however.

Why Choose Surgical Hair Transplant Over Viviscal®?

There are many roadblocks that make it difficult for some patients to have confidence in surgical hair restoration. For one, patients fear receiving a poorly executed procedure that resembles the “hair plugs” of the 1980s. Other times, a patient might be concerned that the overall cost of the transplant procedure is too expensive. It’s also common for patients to assume that they simply do not have the time to have the procedure done, becoming overwhelmed with concerns over the time it takes to recover from a hair transplant.

However, today’s transplant procedures more faster, more convenient, and more natural looking than ever before. So natural, in fact, the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) reports that approximately 85% of Americans cannot tell the difference between a transplanted area of scalp and an ordinary area that has not been restored by surgical means.

Today, there are 3 leading options for surgical hair transplant that offer patients incredible results:

Traditional Strip-Donor Transplant

Traditional “strip-donor” procedures are perhaps the most well-known of today’s contemporary hair transplant procedures. In this process, the scalp is anesthetized to virtually eliminate all pain and discomfort. Hair is then taken from the donor area via small strips, called “micro grafts.” These micro grafts are smaller and more expertly arranged than the “hair plugs” of the past, creating an end-result that is natural in appearance and, in most cases, permanent.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Transplant.

FUE is a highly refined method of hair transplant that involves extracting donor hairs in clusters of 1-3 follicular units. A small “punch” instrument is used for extraction, eliminating the linear scar that is most often left behind by simpler strip-donor procedures. Because this more advanced method avoids linear scarring, patients are able to wear their hair much shorter.

ARTAS® Robotic FUE

ARTAS® is the most advanced method of FUE hair transplant. This system is the first-ever FDA approved “hair transplant robot,” enabling surgeons to conduct FUE procedures with greater accuracy, precision, and reproducibility. To learn more, visit this page about the ARTAS® hair transplant robot.

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Take Rogaine® or Aspirin, Never Both

Take Rogaine® or Aspirin, Never BothA new study has shown that men and women who take Rogaine® (Minoxidil) to treat hair loss might want to consider keeping the aspirin bottle capped. A research team at the University of British Columbia has found evidence that the popular anti-inflammatory medication may suppress the same enzymes that Rogaine seeks to stimulate, thereby negating the effect of the popular hair loss treatment. This discovery is potentially alarming for many Rogaine users, as daily Aspirin use is widely promoted by physicians as a safe way to improve cardiovascular health and reduce the chance of heart attack and stroke.

In light of this recent finding, men and women who regularly use Rogaine may wish to find alternative methods of improving cardiovascular health. Alternatively, hair loss sufferers may elect to continue taking Aspirin and choose to restore areas of balding scalp via hair transplant. Unfortunately, evidence suggests one can no longer do both.

How Rogaine® Works

Minoxidil, available by the brand name Rogaine, is one of the most widely used non-surgical treatments for hair loss. Though it is still unclear exactly how the topical foam suppresses hair loss, many studies indicate that Rogaine stimulates the production of a very special enzyme called cyclooxygenase1, or COX-1. As the production of COX-1 increases, so too does the production of prostaglandin E2, or PGE2.

Increased levels of PGE2 has a very positive impact on the overall health and functionality of hair follicles, and in some cases may reverse the process of hair miniaturization. Hair miniaturization is characterized by the inability of hair follicles to sustain natural hair growth, a phenomenon that may eventually lead to pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia. In this way, Rogaine is thought to reverse the signs of hair loss by stabilizing hair follicles through increased production of PGE2.

How Aspirin May Hinder the Effects of Rogaine

Unfortunately, a ground-breaking new study released by the Department of Dermatology and Skin Science at the University of British Columbia demonstrates that Aspirin may negate the effects of Rogaine, simply by acting as an anti-inflammatory. Specifically, Aspirin suppresses the synthesis of certain prostaglandins by actively shutting-down cyclooxygenase enzymes like COX-1.

Just as Rogaine seeks to stimulate COX-1 production to improve hair growth, Aspirin disables COX-1 to fight inflammation.

Alternative Hair Loss Treatments

Fortunately, there are alternatives to Rogaine that may restore areas of balding scalp with all-natural hair. Two leading methods include follicular unit extraction (FUE) transplant, and a robotics-assisted transplant with the all-new ARTAS® System.

FUE Hair Transplant. FUE transplants are conducted by highly qualified surgeon. The scalp is anesthetized prior to the procedure, so almost no pain is experienced by the patient. Individual clusters of hair follicles are then removed from the patient’s own scalp, using a minimally invasive “punch” instrument that measures only a few millimeters in diameter. The surgeon then separates the clusters into pairings of 1-3 hairs and expertly transplants them to the area of balding scalp, by hand.

ARTAS® System Transplant. The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami has recently become 1 of fewer than 20 clinics to offer the revolutionary new ARTAS System, the first ever FDA approved robotics technology for FUE transplant procedures. Using the ARTAS, our surgeons are able to perform FUE transplants with more quickly, with greater accuracy and precision. Recovery time is faster than ever, and the end-result is incredibly natural in appearance. Learn more about ARTAS hair transplants in Miami.

This exclusive health report has been published by the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. For additional information or appointment requests, please call toll-free 1-877-443-9070.

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