Dr. Wolfeld Helps Pick Best Hair Loss Treatments at Reviews.com

June 28th, 2016

Best Hair Loss Treatments - Reviews.comThere are many different treatments for hair loss. They include prescription and over-the-counter medications, foams, sprays, shampoos, oral supplements, and laser devices. They may contain any number of natural or pharmaceutical ingredients, and often have some claim of hair growth, regrowth, revitalization, health, glow, strength, or other promise. Reviews.com has turned to Dr. Michael B. Wolfeld of Bernstein Medical to narrow down the field from over 200 contenders to the top picks for the best hair loss treatment.

On the cause of hair loss:

“The most common cause of hair loss in both men and women is androgenetic alopecia, which is genetic pattern hair loss,” explains Dr. Michael B. Wolfeld, a board-certified plastic surgeon and an assistant clinical professor of plastic surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

On low level laser therapy (LLLT) treatments:

“I think their effectiveness is not as significant as finasteride or minoxidil,” says Dr. Wolfeld, “however, it’s something that can be used quite easily by patients at home. If they use it two or three times a week, I tell them it can help to thicken their hair.”

On applying Rogaine (minoxidil) foam:

For it to work, “it has to get into your scalp,” Dr. Wolfeld explains. “If it sits on your hair, it’s not as effective.”

On Rogaine’s extra strength solution vs. the foam:

“The solution can penetrate and get into your scalp a little bit better” than the foam — especially if you’re not taking the time and effort to apply the foam correctly.

On the HairMax LaserComb:

“Some people like the action of combing something through their hair,” he says. “They find that to be a little bit easier to do as part of their routine in the morning.”

On the Capillus82 LaserCap:

It’s more expensive than most laser combs, but it uses the same technology and the cost might be worth it if you prefer a more hands-off type of laser treatment. Instead of meticulously working a comb across your scalp, all you have to do is wear the cap for 30 minutes a day. This can be huge, Dr. Wolfeld notes, because many patients get frustrated with the effort it takes to use the comb and stop using it long before it can actually make a difference.

On finasteride:

“In men, the most effective treatment for thinning hair is finasteride,” says Dr. Wolfeld, who routinely prescribes the pill to his patients.

On finasteride use by women:

“With women, finasteride is not an option,” says Dr. Wolfeld. “It’s not FDA-approved for women to take, so we don’t prescribe it.”

On side effects from finasteride:

“What I tell men is that it’s not something they should stress about,” says Dr. Wolfeld, “but it is something they should be aware of.”

Dr. Bernstein adds his $.02 to the interview when discussing when to seek treatment for hair loss:

“If you’re losing your hair and you have genetic hair loss, using medication such as Propecia or minoxidil is most effective when started early,” says Dr. Robert M. Bernstein, Dr. Wolfeld’s colleague at Bernstein Medical Center for Hair Restoration. Because not everyone loses hair on the same timeline, you can’t rely on statistics to tell you when you should start treatment. Some men start to notice thinning in their early 20s, while others maintain a thick head of hair well into their 50s. If you suspect that you’re starting to lose your hair and want it to stop, act quickly.

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Posted on June 28th, 2016 at 1:02 pm

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