Can Propecia or Rogaine Improve a Receding Hairline?
Dr. Bernstein discusses Propecia and Rogaine and whether or not they can improve a receding hairline. In the clip he references a page on the Bernstein Medical website with before and after photos of patients who have used medications alone to treat their hair loss. Clearly patients do experience improvement on the front of the scalp, and Dr. Bernstein explains why it works in this area in the video. You can find the before/after photos page here:
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Partial transcript of video:
Once hair is totally lost, medications such as Propecia (the brand name for it is Finasteride), or Minoxidil (the brand name is Rogaine), can’t really do anything. The reason is, the medicines work by reversing the miniaturization process. In other words, in genetic hair loss hairs progressively get finer until they disappear. These medicines can take a fine hair and then make them thicker, but they can’t grow hair on a totally bald scalp. So they can’t actually lower your hairline. But the important thing is, even though the medicines can’t lower your hairline, they actually do work in the front of the scalp and it’s very important to use them for this purpose.
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