Hair Loss Medication in Tampa: A Comprehensive Guide

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Certain types of hair loss in both men and women can be managed or even reversed with hair loss medications. Although they can vary in strength, most of these solutions are applied topically and are formulated with the following: minoxidil, finasteride and/or retinoic acid. At the Tampa, Florida hair restoration clinic of Dr. Demetri, candidates for hair loss medication are treated with customized formulations professionally prepared at a local pharmacy. To gain more insights into hair loss medications, please explore the following FAQ guide.

How Do I Know if I am a Candidate for Hair Loss Medication?

Not all types of hair loss respond to medication. If you do not have health concerns that would prohibit their use, the underlying cause of your condition will determine if you are candidate for hair loss medication. A consultation with an experienced medical professional who can accurately identify the primary reason for your hair loss is the best way to gather information on effective treatment options. 

What Is a Type of Hair Loss Treated with Medication?

Hair loss medications may slow down hair loss and, in some cases, stimulate regrowth for individuals with a significant amount of thinning hair. Minoxidil is particularly effective for androgenetic alopecia, a condition commonly known as male or female pattern baldness. For additional information on the types of hair loss that can be treated with medication, please visit our Hair Loss Medications page.

What Is a Type of Hair Loss Not Treated with Medication?

Alopecia areata is a type of hair loss that does not respond well to conventional hair loss medications like minoxidil and finasteride. This condition is an autoimmune disorder where the immune system attacks the hair follicles, leading to sudden and patchy hair loss and requires more in-depth health assessment to determine treatment.

Can Hair Loss Caused by a Tight Hair Stye Be Reversed with Hair Loss Medication?

This type of hair loss is called traction alopecia. It occurs when hair is pulled too tightly over a prolonged period. If left unchecked, hair follicles can eventually become damaged enough to fall out, it can lead to permanent hair loss that is not treatable with medication. 

How Does Minoxidil Work for Hair Loss?

Minoxidil works by widening blood vessels, which in turn increases blood flow to the hair follicles. This process promotes hair growth and slows hair loss. Minoxidil is one of the first lines of defense against hair loss, particularly in cases of androgenetic alopecia. Potential side effects of minoxidil may include scalp irritation, dryness, or hair growth in adjacent areas, such as the forehead.

How Does Finasteride Work for Hair Loss?

Formulated specifically for hair loss in men, finasteride works by inhibiting the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase, which converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT)—a hormone linked to hair loss. Finasteride taken orally can cause side effects that interfere with sexual function, including a decreased libido and erectile dysfunction. Hair loss medication solutions formulated with topical finasteride and retinoic acid have demonstrated effective results without the same sexual side effects.

How Does Retinoic Acid Work for Hair Loss?

Retinoic acid is derived from vitamin A and creates a healthier scalp environment by normalizing hair follicle function and promoting cell turnover in scalp tissue. By reducing scalp buildup, retinoic acid enables other topical treatments to penetrate more effectively and produce better results. Potential side effects from retinoic acid can include skin irritation, redness, and peeling. Sensitivity to sunlight can increase, so it is important to use sunscreen or wear a hat when outdoors. 

Are the Effects of Hair Loss Medication Permanent?

The effects of hair loss medications like minoxidil and finasteride are not permanent. Continuous use is recommended to maintain results, if treatment is discontinued, hair loss may resume.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Demetri to Learn More

To learn more about hair loss medication and other treatments for hair restoration, we invite you to schedule an appointment at our hair restoration clinic. The doctor’s specialized formulations of medical hair loss solutions have helped many individuals see significant improvements in their hair density and overall scalp health.

Contact us today at Dr. Demetri’s hair restoration clinic to schedule your hair loss consultation in Tampa.

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Dr. Demetri is a renowned, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in both hair restoration and facial rejuvenation. He is an active member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for which he frequently travels to attend national conferences to perpetually advance his education and present his surgical techniques. To date, he has authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.

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