Oral and Topical Medications

Definition: In hair loss treatment, these medications come in two forms:
Oral: Taken by mouth, these medications target the body’s internal systems to address hormonal imbalances or other underlying causes of hair loss. Examples include finasteride and spironolactone.
Topical: Applied directly to the scalp, these medications aim to stimulate hair growth or slow hair loss. The most common topical medication for hair loss is minoxidil (Rogaine).

Pros: Can be a convenient and potentially lower-cost option compared to surgical procedures.

Cons: Effectiveness varies and may take time to see results. Some medications may have side effects. Results may not be permanent and require ongoing use.

Alternatives: Hair transplant surgery, laser therapy (low-level laser therapy), or scalp micropigmentation (cosmetic tattooing for a fuller appearance).

Recovery Time: Varies depending on the specific medication. Most require ongoing use, and some may take several months to see noticeable results.

Disclaimer: It’s important to consult a doctor before starting any new medications, including those for hair loss.