There are several hair loss treatments in the market many of which are mostly not FDA approved yet still licensed to sell. They have a reputation of marketing their products and services brilliantly and have the public impressed as a result. There are services like hair transplant, herbal oils, herbal pills, massages etc., but many of these don’t really work, though might improve the situation by 5 to 8 percent, depending on the cause of baldness.
Male pattern baldness is primarily acquired through hereditary and secondarily via lifestyle patterns. Skeptics comment that baldness can never be cured. Skeptics are right and wrong about this one as Propecia is the only FDA-approved drug that has the potency to treat baldness.
Then how to fix hair loss?
Unlike theoretical approach to curing male baldness, there are ways to target the direct cause of hair loss and altering the chemistry of the body into curing male pattern baldness. Though it will only work if the person’s biology is compatible with strong medications involved, like Finasteride.
Finasteride generic, popularly known as Propecia, work by suppressing the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It cures conditions like Androgenic Alopecia or Male Pattern Baldness.
How does Propecia work?
There is a lot of complex biology involved here. But to simplify how male baldness works and how Propecia is a potential solution for preventing and curing hair loss, the following is an explanation.
- In males, testosterone is responsible for the development and maintenance of male features like muscle mass, bone mass, deepening of the voice, facial structures etc.
- Now, an enzyme called 5-Alpha-Reductase does the job of converting testosterone into DHT.
- DHT is responsible for the secondary male features, like facial, body and pubic hair and this hormone is also responsible for slowing down the growth of head hair, which is normal.
- But sometimes there could be issues with the mechanism that is responsible for reading and expressing the part of DNA that deals with male feature development. This is exactly where it goes all wrong.
- If this is accompanied with an abnormal testosterone to DHT conversion, male pattern baldness could occur.
- Propecia, if introduced to the equation, fixes this by normalizing all the mechanism involved in male pattern baldness but only as long as the drug is taken.
It usually takes about 6-12 months before any changes can be seen. Although it is said that if there is no change post 12 months it is less likely that the baldness can be cured. But if it works, 30% – 40% hair loss improvement is seen 6 months after the treatment. This is why Propecia functions as a prevention and cure of hair loss. Propecia is also unlikely to work in someone who is completely bald. Otherwise, the drug can actually help to regrow hair.
This drug is strictly not approved for women and children. And due to the risk of side effects and other adverse effects, it is advised to talk to the doctor before buying Propecia.