With locations in Rockville and Towson and serving the residents of Alexandria, Potomac, Columbia, Bethesda, and the surrounding communities, Dr. John Kiely is helping his patients understand hair restoration using prescription drug therapy.

For some patients experiencing hair loss, hair transplant procedures are not an option because the hair loss is not severe enough to warrant it or they do not consider more invasive procedures an option. As an alternative, these patients may consider prescription drug therapy as an alternative.

Prescription drug therapy is a treatment for hair restoration that works to stop or slow hair loss and, for some patients, even reverse hair loss. It is important to have an understanding as to how the medications work in terms of what they do and their effects so that you can have a firm understanding for a course of action to stop, reverse, or restore hair.

What Are the Most Recommended Prescription Drugs for Hair Restoration?

There are two primary drugs used to treat hair restoration with prescription drug therapy. These two drugs are the only FDA-approved drugs used to treat hair loss.

  1. Rogaine (Minoxidil) is the only direct hair growth stimulator. This topical solution works to slow or stop hereditary hair loss in four out of five people. Used by men and women, some users have even been shown to grow new hair.
  2. Propecia. Propecia® is the only oral prescription medication FDA-approved drug to treat male pattern baldness. This drug works to block testosterone from converting to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is the hormone that causes male pattern baldness so that hair follicles can fully grow. It revitalizes shrunken hair follicles to increase their size, possibly lengthening the growing phase. It is important to know that Propecia must be taken for at least a year to determine its effectiveness. Additionally, it is common for patients to experience increased hair loss within the first six months as thinning hair is replaced by new, healthier hair.

Are Both Drugs Prescribed to Women Experiencing Hair Loss?

The only drug approved for women is Rogaine. Due to its effects on a male fetus, women who are pregnant or may become pregnant cannot take or even handle Propecia. In addition, post-menopausal women show no hair growth when taking Propecia.

What Is the Cost of Prescription Drug Therapy?

The cost of prescription drug therapy varies with each patient and can be discussed during your initial consultation and evaluation. Dr. Kiely accepts cash, credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express), and checks as payment options.

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With more than 30 years of experience and over 14,000 procedures performed treating hair loss for men and women in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, Dr. Kiely recognizes that each patient has unique requirements and desires. His services have improved the lives of people from in and around Baltimore. Dr. Kiely specializes in hair loss solutions for men and women by performing hair transplantation procedures such as Follicular Unit Extraction, Mini-Micro Grafting and Micro Grafting. If you are looking for self-improvement in the form of hair restoration, Dr. Kiely and his professional team will accommodate your needs! Please call 301-468-2335 today to schedule your free initial consultation!