People have always been obsessed with their looks and conditions like hair-loss were always seen as something terrible and requiring a fix. That’s why there have always been special potions, lotions, gels and all sorts of preparations for stopping or reversing hair-loss, which however didn’t work most of the time. As the medicine advanced so did the tools for addressing various health conditions, and hair-loss wasn’t an exception. That’s how we ended up with hair transplantation surgery and drugs like Propecia. And now, as we have modern and effective tools for treating hair loss, the most important question is picking the right one that would deliver more benefits and fewer side effects. So let’s try to draw a comparison between these two most popular hair-loss treatment options.
Hair transplantation has been around for longer than most people tend to think, with the very first practices dating back to the 19th century. But the modern variation of the practice started in 1930-1950’s in various parts of the world independently. The initial procedure involved the transplantation of entire skin patches containing hair follicles (just like in skin transplantation) but has gradually evolved into individual or group follicle transplantation to minimize the damage and increase effectiveness. Modern-day hair transplantation is a very fine and complex procedure that involves precise selection of donor follicles and their proper placing at the target site. In many cases this procedure is rather effective, since doctors pick the types of follicles that are resistant to various types of hair loss. Nevertheless, this method is only eliminating the effect rather than addressing the cause. So it’s not rare to see people experiencing balding and hair thinning even after hair transplantation surgeries. Knowing that these procedures are usually very expensive and require a long recovery period, it can be very disappointing to see hair-loss reoccurring, to put it mildly.
But is there a way to address the actual reason behind hair loss?
Yes, there is and Propecia is exactly what we are talking about. Unlike hair transplantation and countless other hair-loss remedies, Propecia doesn’t involve any external use. It is a medication intended for internal consumption only, and this fact alone is enough to show you that Propecia is used to address the processes behind hair loss at a much deeper level. Extensive study of male pattern hair-loss has shown that it’s usually triggered by high levels of a specific hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which shrinks hair follicles and impedes them from growing new hair. So, a logical solution would involve normalizing the levels of DHT in order to prevent hair-loss in the first place. And that’s exactly how Propecia works. Needless to say, the effectiveness of treatment addressing the very cause of the problem is superior to that of addressing the effects. That’s why most of the people using Propecia report complete stop and even regrowth of hair at a certain point of their treatment. However, this method has its flaws too. First of all, the patient requires a long term (usually several months) to observe any result in the first place. And if the treatment stops, hair-loss will reoccur shortly after, so Propecia has to be taken all the time to effectively prevent hair loss and allow hair to grow back. Nevertheless, if comparing the two treatment options, it’s evident that Propecia is much better, since it’s not invasive, has a higher success rate, doesn’t involve serious side-effects and is much cheaper than hair-transplantation. But of course, it’s up to you and your doctor to decide which option is more suitable for you.