FDA Approved Treatments
Prescriptions for PropeciaTM (Finasteride), the only oral medication approved by the FDA in the mid 1990's for the treatment of male pattern baldness will be prescribed by an affiliate physician when indicated (see Note 1 below).
The goals of Propecia are:
- To stop further hair loss
- To thicken the diameter of existing hair, thus more density
- To grow hair, mostly in the crown
All of the above are accomplished by blocking DHT, the hormone that is in the scalp responsible in those individuals who are genetically inclined to lose hair. Beware of other products claiming to do this.
It is important to note that all of the above may take 6 months to a year to see results. If you take the medication for a year and notice no change, keep in mind that the medication is indeed working to keep the hair that you have. Many patients choose to discontinue the medication when they do not see additional growth thus losing the advantage of retaining their existing hair. Propecia is a prescription medication and must be prescribed by an affiliate physician.
Biostem founders were both involved with the clinical research done by Merck Pharmaceuticals and published in the clinical research results that led to FDA approval in the mid 1990's.
Minoxidil, commonly marketed as RogaineTM, is a topical treatment sold without a prescription. The topical medication now comes in a foam. The foam is the more recommended form as it is not messy or greasy and is absorbed better. Although not as effective as Propecia, it has been shown to enhance the effect of Propecia when used together (see Note 2 below).
Low Level Laser Therapy
Current Biostem president John Satino presented initial research findings on the use of low level laser in hair re-growth to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons in 2003. The findings discussed were the results of low level laser on post op healing after hair transplant surgery. Satino and fellow researchers were also the first to be published in a medical journal on the studies on the effects on tensile hair strength and hair growth utilizing the HairMax low level laser. The study aided in the device's approval in Canada. The use of low level laser in conjunction with the other components of The Biostem MethodTM has helped to create highly successful results for many Biostem clients. (see Note 3 below).
When used alone, low level laser therapy may accomplish:
- Maintainance of existing hair
- Hair growth, mostly in the crown
- Thickening of existing hair diameter