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Minoxidil vs Finasteride
In general, there are 2 common approved treatments for male pattern baldness. These are with minoxidil (rogaine) and finasteride (proscar, propecia).
It is the first approved treatment for male-pattern baldness. It can be a part of early treatment along with other treatments to treat early sign of male-pattern baldness.
But since it may cause excess hair growth, it is not always best option to treat receding hairline. It also should not be used for those who are younger than 18, hair loss problem after giving birth, unexplained hair loss or sudden /patchy hair loss!
Another bad news, the result is usually temporary. Once you stop taking it, hair loss usually returns.
It is more often recommended to treat receding hairline or other early signs of male-pattern baldness. It works better than minoxidil since it can help treat the underlying problem.
It can help stimulate the body to reduce the production of DHT (dihydrotestosterone) by inhibiting the production of enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase. This enzyme converts testosterone hormones into a more potent androgen DHT.
Even nowadays, the American Hair Loss Association recommends finasteride as the first choice to cope with male-pattern baldness, including for receding hairline.
Hair transplant option
Like other treatments in transplantation, basically hair transplant will move some hair follicles from other areas of your scalp to the area where hair loss occurs. The key point of this method, you need to have a stable donor site!
The good news, mostly it works successfully for most men with receding hairline /male-pattern baldness. But it is not always the option for women who have the same problem.
Many times women with female-pattern baldness experience thinning hair on their entire scalp so thus they often don’t have a stable done site for hair transplant.
The cost can vary, typically depending of the large area for transplantation. But in general, it is not cheap for most people.
Furthermore, your age is also crucial point you need to concern before taking hair transplant.
If you take it too young, it’s not easy for your surgeon to determine the most stable area on your scalp for donor site. As a result, there is greater chance to make a wrong choice of donor site so thus the result of hair transplant has poor prognosis.
The treatment for receding hairline and male-pattern baldness is typically only for cosmetic reasons. But if you do concern about your hairline, see a doctor for more advice!