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What are the Best Top 4 Propecia Alternatives Dr. Alan J. Bauman Recommends?
1) Topical Minoxidil – Despite its generally poor consumer reviews, Minoxidil is truly one of the most underrated hair growth treatments. Minoxidil increases blood flow to the area of application and directly stimulates hair follicles, improving their function by keeping them in a growing phase longer, increasing the caliber and pigmentation of the hair fibers they produce. A topical minoxidil, which is stronger and less greasy or gooey than over-the-counter Rogaine or generic versions, is now available in the form of prescription Compounded Formula 82M. Formula 82M has a penetrating agent (Retin-A or retinoic acid) and many synergistic ingredients which amplify the results of the typical generic and rogaine versions of minoxidil without impacting your hairstyle or irritating your skin. These ingredients include a mild anti-inflammatory, powerful antioxidants and scalp/hair conditioners in a propylene-glycol (alcohol) free base. Twice a day application to the scalp is recommended for best results with this finasteride / propecia alternative. Read more about Compounded Formula 82M Topical Minoxidil.
2) Laser Therapy (LLLT) – This is not your father’s laser comb or laser hood inconveniently located in your doctor’s office miles away. Capillus and LaserCap are the two premiere manufacturers of laser devices for hair regrowth and they are a far cry from the old comb-type lasers and brushes. For example, today’s FDA-cleared, powerful, portable, handsfree and doctor-prescribed MC2 LaserCap has 300 diodes, delivering non-chemical clinic-strength hair regrowth treatments at home or wherever you can wear a hat. Laser therapy is a non-chemical finasteride / propecia alternative that has absolutely NO side effects. One of the most cost-effective treatments over time, if you used an MC2 LaserCap for 17 years, it would cost less than $0.50 cents a day. The MC2 prototype was revealed recently at the ISHRS conference in Las Vegas and will be available by prescription in 2017. LaserCap laser therapy is recommended for 30 minutes (1/2 hour) every other day. Read more about LaserCap.
3) Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) with ECM – “Exploiting” the powerful growth factors locked inside your own blood platelets, PRP has been used successfully for tissue regeneration and repair in many areas of medicine for over a decade. When used with ECM extracellular matrix (like ACell or BioD), hair growth results can last up to two years from a single “lunchtime” office visit*. When done properly, PRP is virtually painless and carries no downtime or recovery. Many patients use PRP Platelet Rich Plasma as a propecia alternative to avoid the potential side effects of a systemic drug. Read more about PRP with ECM.
4) Topical Finasteride – New, compounded topical versions of finasteride, the ingredient in the FDA-approved hair growth drug Propecia, offers a different route of delivery… directly into the scalp which, according to recent scientific reports, significantly minimizes the blood level of the drug compared to the oral route and decreases the chances of side-effects. Research is ongoing but remains promising for this propecia alternative, allowing male pattern hair loss patients a new way to receive the benefits of finasteride. Compounded Formula 82F combines both topical finasteride and minoxidil in the well-known, highly-rated and user-friendly “Formula 82” delivery system which has been used for decades in tens of thousands of patients in the U.S. and South America. Some patients call Formula 82F “FINoxidil” because the topical formulation contains both finasteride and minoxidil. (Note: Not for women of child-bearing age.) Read more about Formula 82F topical finasteride.
Which finasteride / propecia alternative is right for you?
When can you expect to see results with your finasteride / propecia alternative? Ask Dr. Alan Bauman today!
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*Each individual's treatment and/or results may vary