What Hair Loss Conditions Does Propecia Treat? | Hair Loss & Hair Transplant Surgery Guide

There are many products on the market designed to alleviate or slow male-pattern baldness. Propecia is one of the most successful brands available and is the foremost product containing the drug Finasteride.

Propecia is usually taken in tablet form and works to prevent the conversion of testosterone to DHT. By helping the body to keep DHT at a low level, Propecia stops the DHT from attacking the hair follicles and causing them to fall out. Therefore, it helps to prevent further baldness and, in some cases, even allows existing follicles to thicken.

Obviously, one of the key factors with a product like Propecia is that its primary purpose is to help you retain and strengthen your existing hair. Therefore, it is recommended that you begin taking the product as soon as you notice any signs of male-pattern baldness.

Propecia has been linked to treating hair loss but there are a number of conditions that lead to hair loss itself. However, Propecia does not treat all hair loss conditions but is most primarily effective at treating male condition called Male pattern hair loss or as it is otherwise known, Androgenic Alopecia. This is the most common hair loss that men experience and around 50% of men that are aged fifty suffer from this condition. It can start at any age, even as young as eighteen years. If you experience Androgenic Alopecia then you gradually lose your hair over a long period of time in an "M" formation on your head. Your hair recedes from your temples and you may get bald patches on the crown on the top of your head as the condition progresses. Propecia has been found to have a beneficial effect on preventing hair loss on the crown of your head and the part that lies between your crown and your forehead. It can also cause hair to regrow in these areas as it brings resting follicles out of their resting phase. However, it does not cause hair regrowal at your temples and the reason for this is so far unknown.

Propecia is known to only work in men but what about women who experience this type of hair loss too? Propecia is not recommended to treat female hair loss, as it is dangerous for women if they come into contact with it when they are pregnant, so it is not recommended for pre menopausal women. Studies were carried out on postmenopausal women to see if it would have any effect but the drug seemed to make no difference to the hair loss.

Propecia has not been fully studied in children and so it is not permitted to treat any hair loss conditions in children for any adverse side effects are not verified.

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