Hair Finasteride Transplant

Finasteride

This hair loss drug is used to treat male pattern baldness by blocking the production of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which then reduces the risk of damage to the hair follicles. This damage limitation also removes the threat of hair thinning and eventual loss.

Unlike Minoxidil , Finasteride is not recommended for female hair loss due to the effect it has on the male hormone testosterone. Plus it can be harmful to pregnant women who are carrying a male foetus.

Finasteride is also known by the brand name Propecia.

How does Finasteride work?

This drug works by minimising the transformation of testosterone into DHT. DHT is the prime suspect in regard to male pattern baldness as it over-stimulates the hair follicles, causing them to wither and eventually die. This disrupts the hair growth cycle, leading to hair being lost but not replaced. This results in bald patches over the top and front of the scalp.

Finasteride prevents the hair follicles from shrinking which enables them to function as normal. The end result is healthy looking hair.

This drug is taken once a day in tablet form and is only available on a private prescription. It can be purchased online but care must be taken if you do so as there is no guarantee of quality and effectiveness.

Results of Finasteride

It takes at least 3 months to see any results; however, the longer you use this drug the greater the results so continue with it. But if you stop taking it within 6 to 12 months then the balding process will re-commence.

This drug works best on young men who still have a dense volume of hair. But men of all ages will notice the difference in hair volume, length and density which blends in with the rest of their natural hair.

This drug is often combined with a hair transplant; for example, it is used to treat hair loss from the back of the head whereas the transplant deals with hair loss from the front.

Side effects of Finasteride

There are side effects with using Finasteride which include:

  • Loss of sex drive
  • Problems getting an erection
  • Swelling on the chest (gynaecomastia)
  • Drop in sperm count and consistency

Contact your GP if you experience any of these effects.

Finasteride is expensive and the costs mount up over time. So consider this when deciding which medication to take.