5-alpha reductase inhibitor is a drug that inhibits the action of the enzyme 5-alpha reductase that converts testosterone into DHT and is successful in lowering the level of DHT available to hair follicles.
Medical Boards, Medical Specialization and Medical Competence: Medicine's Self-Regulation in the Public Interest
Hair restoration surgery is a medical and surgical subspecialty that has matured to the point of needing a standards-setting mechanism for assuring the highest level of knowledge and skill in practitioners of hair restoration surgery.
The patient's expectations for hair restoration must be clarified for both patient and physician. After expectations are fully explored and understood, patient and physician can begin to discuss surgical and/or nonsurgical approaches to satisfying the patient's wishes.
Use of Finasteride to Prevent Hair Loss Presents a Problem for Professional and Olympic Athletes: Choosing Between Doing Their Best and Looking Their Best
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) bans the use of the hair-loss treatment finasteride (Propecia®) by competing athletes. The presence of finasteride metabolites in the urine makes it difficult to impossible to detect the presence of a number of the performance-enhancing steroids banned by WADA.
Some men with male-pattern hair loss are candidates for a delayed approach to hair transplantation. This may be especially applicable to adolescent and very young adult men who are beginning to lose hair.
Is Male-Pattern Hair Loss in Your Future?
If you are an adult male with male-pattern hair loss in your close male relatives, you will probably want to know:
The color of your hair is largely determined by the genes that you inherited from your parents and their ancestors. There are a few exceptions, mostly associated with disease or congenital anomalies that induce change in hair color.
Hair restoration in the scarred scalp is not undertaken lightly. It requires careful examination of the scalp and consideration of numerous factors that can influence the feasibility and outcome of surgical hair restoration.