Topical Finasteride with Minoxidil Now Available
Based on the success of finasteride / Propecia in stopping hair loss and regrowing hair, many patients have asked: “is topical finasteride a viable hair growth treatment?” They also want to know if a topical finasteride treatment would have a lower risk of side effects. At Bauman Medical, we’ve watched the research on topical finasteride in the medical literature which supports the efficacy and relative safety of topical finasteride preparations. Now available for Bauman patients by prescription, is compounded Formula 82F “Finoxidil,” which contains both topical finasteride and topical minoxidil in a powerful yet “palatable” sophisticated mixture for the scalp to improve hair growth. Patients report it is a quick-drying, less greasy, less sticky, and more powerful alternative to over-the-counter hair growth treatments like Rogaine.
What is Formula 82F Compounded Topical Propecia?
What is Formula 82F – Formula 82F is a topical compounded prescription solution containing the FDA-approved hair growth medications finasteride 0.25% and minoxidil 5%, as well as retinoic acid for enhanced penetration of minoxidil and sebum reduction, a mild low-dose anti-inflammatory, oleanolic acid—a mild anti-androgen, and other beneficial ingredients such as powerful antioxidant algae extracts without any propylene glycol (a common irritant) at a neutral pH. Finasteride is the active ingredient in the FDA-approved drug Propecia. Minoxidil is the FDA-approved active ingredient in over-the-counter Rogaine and in compounded prescription Formula 82M.
Who should use Formula 82F Topical Finasteride “Finoxidil”?
Who should use Formula 82F “Finoxidil”? – Formula 82F “Finoxidil” offers the powerful DHT-reducing effect of finasteride along with a deeply penetrating minoxidil formulation in a non-greasy, user-friendly, hairstyle friendly, compounded topical prescription formula that may be appropriate for men and some postmenopausal women in the medical management of hair loss.
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What results can the average person expect to achieve with Formula 82F Topical Finasteride “Finoxidil”?
What results can the average person expect to achieve with Formula 82F “Finoxidil”? – Twice daily minoxidil has been shown to regrow hair in up to 85% of men and 60% of women. Finasteride was FDA-approved as an oral prescription hair regrowth pill for men in 1998. While 90% effective orally, concerns about systemic side effects led researchers to explore the benefits of a compounded preparation of topical finasteride. Formula 82F “Finoxidil” offers the synergistic approach of the only two medications FDA approved for hair regrowth.
How and When is Formula 82F Topical Finasteride “Finoxidil” applied?
How is Formula 82F “Finoxidil” applied? – Dr. Bauman recommends that 30 drops of Formula 82F “Finoxidil” should initially be applied as directed—twice daily to the entire scalp that is “at-risk” and focusing primarily on the areas of hair thinning. Formula 82F Finoxidil should be distributed evenly and allowed to absorb for at least three hours before showering, swimming, or participating in heavy physical or other activity that may cause sweating. The special droptainer bottle allows for the accurate application of medication directly where you need it… on the scalp, not on your hair. Formula 82F topical “Finoxidil” should be applied to dry scalp, and also can be applied to towel-dried/mostly-dry scalp after showering, before styling.
How does Formula 82F Topical Finasteride “Finoxidil” work?
How does Formula 82F “Finoxidil” work? – It is well accepted that minoxidil is a potent hair growth stimulator, causing resting follicles to produce hair, and weak follicles to produce longer thicker, and more pigmented hair over time with consistent use. Oral finasteride is used to reduce dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a known trigger for hair loss, in order to enhance hair growth. New research suggests that topical finasteride can be an effective treatment for hair loss and may reduce the chance of side effects that may occur with oral treatment.
What areas are normally treated with Formula 82F Topical Finasteride “Finoxidil”?
What areas are normally treated with Formula 82F “Finoxidil”? – Formula 82F “Finoxidil” typically works to protect and enhance hair growth wherever there are weakened hair follicles or areas “at-risk.” Common treatment areas include the crown/vertex area, top of the scalp, as well as the frontal/temple areas.
VIDEO: Dr. Alan Bauman discusses Topical Finasteride 82F with Spencer Kobren of The Bald Truth
Dr. Alan Bauman discusses the use of topical finasteride (propecia) in the treatment of male pattern hair loss to reduce the chance of sexual side effects of the hair growth drug. Dr. Bauman was live in The Bald Truth Studio with Spencer Kobren.
What are the typical side effects of Formula 82F topical finasteride “Finoxidil” compared to other treatments?
What are the typical side effects of Formula 82F “Finoxidil” compared to other treatments? – In patients with a light complexion and skin tone, the scalp may appear slightly more pink than usual due to increased blood flow from the treatment. Redness, dryness, flaking, inflammation, and discomfort at the scalp can occur but are rare with Formula 82F “Finoxidil” because it has anti-inflammatory properties and contains absolutely NO propylene glycol (found in over-the-counter minoxidil solutions). For patients concerned about the risk of sexual side effects from oral finasteride, research suggests that Formula 82F “Finoxidil” which contains topical finasteride may significantly reduce those risks. Discontinue therapy and notify Dr. Bauman immediately if you experience any side effects from treatment.
Will Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil “Finoxidil” leave my hair greasy?
Will Formula 82F “Finoxidil” leave my hair greasy? – No. The sophisticated proprietary process used to create Formula 82F “Finoxidil” allows it to be absorbed more quickly, dry more quickly and leave no sticky residue common with over-the-counter minoxidil or other prescription solutions. Applied correctly, there should be little to no impact on your hairstyle. Because it is propylene glycol-free and formulated with a proprietary process, the result is a quick-dry, non-greasy, non-sticky experience.
When will I see results with Formula 82F Topical Finasteride/Propecia with Minoxidil “Finoxidil”?
When will I see results with Formula 82F “Finoxidil”? – Increases in hair growth can be seen as early as ten weeks* using a video scalp microscope or HairCheck™ measurements. Cosmetic benefits may take six to twelve months to be noticeable in the mirror or in photos.
How do results with Formula 82F Topical Finasteride Compare to Oral Finasteride?
How do results with Formula 82F Topical Finasteride Compare to Oral Finasteride? – Formula 82F Topical Finasteride+Minoxidil is a powerful hair regrowth treatment for the vast majority of hair loss and hair thinning patients. However, the effects of topically-applied finasteride cannot completely duplicate the DHT lowering effects of a systemically absorbed oral finasteride dose. Every patient is different, but we would not typically expect the same hair regrowth results with topical finasteride as we would with consistent use of oral finasteride (propecia).
How do I get started with Formula 82F “Finoxidil” Topical Finasteride Propecia with Minoxidil?
How do I get started with Formula 82F “Finoxidil”? – A one-on-one consultation with board-certified USA hair restoration physician, Dr. Alan J. Bauman, M.D., is the best way to determine if you are a good candidate for Formula 82F “Finoxidil”. Routine medical tracking is recommended in order to achieve the best possible results with Formula 82F “Finoxidil” topical finasteride with minoxidil, or any hair restoration regimen. Dr. Bauman was the first ABHRS-certified physician to routinely prescribe topical finasteride in America.
Who should NOT use Formula 82F “Finoxidil” Topical Finasteride?
Who should NOT use Formula 82F “Finoxidil”? – Women of childbearing age should NOT use or come into contact with Formula 82F “Finoxidil” or areas topically treated with the medication for at least three hours due to a risk of birth defects in a developing male fetus. Like all topical medications, keep Formula 82F “Finoxidil” and treated areas safely out of reach of children. Please refer to the pharmacy product insert for further information.
Can I use Formula 82F “Finoxidil” Topical Finasteride with Other Treatments (Laser, Oral Finasteride/Propecia, PRP, Hair Transplants, etc.)?
Hereditary Hair Loss is a medical condition that responds very well to multimodality or multi-therapy approach. Formula 82F Topical Finasteride can be used in conjunction with PRP, Low-Level Laser Therapy (e.g. Turbo LaserCap) as well as oral treatments because it works with a completely different, non-redundant mechanism than the other hair growth therapies mentioned. When used in conjunction with hair transplantation, Formula 82F Topical Finasteride should be avoided during the healing phase and resumed after the crusts are gone and the skin is healed completely.
Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Reviews & Ratings:
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