What is Propecia?
Propecia is a special drug created to help treat a common condition in men which pertains to male pattern hair loss. This type of condition causes the thinning of hair on the scalp which will eventually lead to a balding on the crown portion of the head or a receding hair line. Men as young as the age of 20 can start experiencing this hair loss condition but for the majority of the men, they will at some point in their lives experience this condition eventually. The active ingredient of this medication is Finasteride, which is also the generic name and is known to aid in the reduction of hair loss in men.
The Definition of Alopecia
The more common name of male pattern hair loss is called Alopecia. When it comes to hair follices, hair grows from it for approximately three years. When a hair falls out, new hair is supposed to grow from the same hair follicle. For a man who experiences Alopecia, his hair follicles becomes smaller and smaller over a period of time. And since it becomes smaller, hair will grow out thinner and thinner as well, eventually falling out. And soon after that, the hair follicles will become so small that the hair will no longer be able to reach the skin surface and grow out.
Dihydrotestosterone is an androgenic hormone which is directly responsible for this particular change in a man’s hair follicles. This androgenic hormone is the main target of this medication and help treat alopecia.
It is important to seek immediate treatment upon the appearance of the hair loss symptoms because if the hair does not grow out for a long period of time, this condition may become permanent.
How Propecia work?
Finasteride is the active ingrdient of Propecia. This medication works by inhibiting 5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme found in the body, from converting testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, an androgenic hormone known to have negative effects on a man’s hair growth. By using Propecia, dihydrotestosterone hormone levels are significantly lowered and this further results to the improvement of hair growth of men suffering form this hair loss condition..
When Do Results Start to Become Noticeable?
For those regularly using the Propecia treatment, some may be able to start seeing noticeable results within the next few months. For others however, this may even take up to a year before full results will be seen. For this treatment to work, it is important for the patient to continue using it long enough to produce results. Hair loss treatment does not provide results overnight and patience is key when dealing with this type of condition.
If the treatment of Propecia has been stopped, it is more likely that any hair growth that had been gained during the year will disappear. When using this medication however, it is essential that one seek the advice of a doctor to be safe and discuss about other treatment options, if need be.
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