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This article covers effective and sustainable evidence-based treatment options for male pattern baldness and thinning hair. These modestly priced treatment options are based on continually circling back to properly conducted research for updates on the best options. As research and options improve, so will the treatment plans listed in this article.

Hair loss is more common than people realize. According to research by the age of 35, two-thirds of men in the United States will experience some hair loss. By the age of 50, roughly 85% will have drastic hair thinning [1]. Thinning hair loss can affect self-image, depression and anxiety levels.

Hair loss can be caused by several factors: stress, hereditary issues, autoimmune factors, hormones, as well as many others factors. This article will cover treatment options for the following groups.

  1. Male Pattern Baldness (androgenetic alopecia)

  2. Age-related hair loss

  3. Hormonal Imbalance


The options presented in this article are not a good fit for individuals looking for surgical intervention or expecting immediate results. They are also not a good fit for patients expecting hair regrowth more than two to three steps difference on the scale below.

Stages of Male Pattern Baldness

Based on observational data from our clinic, patients currently at a 3 or 4 on the stages of male baldness are likely to return to a 1 or 2. Patients that are currently a 6 or 7, a 4 or 3 would be likely. Individual results will vary. Our treatment plan requires consistent application of a proven formula to sustain growth of scalp hair. This plan works best for people wanting to prevent further hair loss and promote moderate regrowth.

The treatment options we promote consist of daily application of a gel or daily pill. These interventions expose patients to minor side effects. The treatment plans are mostly pharmacologically based.

Hair Loss Prevention | Regrowth Treatments

Hair regrowth can happen in as little as a couple of months or take up to one year to notice improvements. We utilize two medications the FDA has approved for treating androgenetic alopecia as well as an off-label medication:

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1st Line Option | Finasteride (Proscar, Propecia)

For patients who are looking for something simple and straightforward we recommend taking finasteride. Finasteride is a pill taken once a day and is available with a prescription. In instances where patients take this medication for several months without adequate results and no adverse side effects, it is advisable to try our 2nd line option dutasteride.

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2nd Line Option | Dutasteride (Avodart)

This medication is not FDA approved for the treatment of hair loss but can be prescribed off label for treating hair loss. In randomized trials It has been shown to be more effective than Finasteride in the prevention and regrowth of hair in men. In these same randomized trials both Finasteride and Dutasteride groups showed a similar side effect profile [2].

Subjective Evaluation Hair Regrowth Chart Dutasteride versus Finasteride

3rd Line Option | Minoxidil (Rogaine) with Microneedling

We recommend utilizing minoxidil topical application to the affected area twice daily with microneedling once a week as the third line treatment. It can be done without prescriptions or medical oversight. One reported downside is irritated flaky skin and microneedling can be excessively painful for some patients. Application of topical minoxidil needs to be done twice a day versus with weekly microneedling [3]. Minoxidil is available as an over-the-counter foam or liquid product and microneedling devices can be bought online. Studies are limited but have shown significant results with greater than 50% improvement.

Treatment Plan Cost

  • $35 new patient fee for new patients to Restorative Health.

  • $150 comprehensive hair loss evaluation for a 1-year prescription. Includes a prescription visit, complimentary scalp micro-needling session, and one case management follow-up appointment to cover additional questions.

Medication Cost

We have found that patients utilizing Goodrx tend to get the best prices for their medications, oftentimes paying less than patients with insurance. Medication prices using GoodRx at pharmacies near our office in Sandy, UT.

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Medication monthly cost

Minoxidil Prices

  • Keeps.com $7.50

  • Roman.com $16.00

  • her.com $13.50

Finasteride Prices

  • IHC $12.13

  • Smiths $10.63

  • Albertsons (Sav-On) $7.85

  • Costco $7.70

  • Walgreens $27.39

  • Walmart $17.04

Dutasteride Prices

  • Smiths $14.25

  • Walmart $25.04

  • IHC $34.77

  • Costco $11.38

  • Albertsons $13.10

  • City Market $14.25

Note from the Author

I’ve tried many hair loss treatment options and the routine I’ve settled on as the most effective for me is daily dutasteride with monthly microneedling. I noticed I started losing my hair by my mid 20’s with handfuls of hair falling out while I washed my hair. My Dad was completely bald at 28 and my brother started noticeably balding in his mid 30’s. I still have a full head of hair and I’m 45 at the publication date of this article. I started taking daily 1 mg finasteride at 24 and switched to dutasteride at 38. I’ve tried a variety of different routines listed below and I’ll give my reason for no longer continuing with them.

Other Hair Loss Prevention Options

Laser Hair Cap - Too much of an inconvenience with the amount of time required to use the laser cap and based on my personal observations I didn’t see any noticeable improvements in my hair count after 4 months of daily use. At first I was under the impression that the laser hair caps had FDA approval for efficacy. From what I can tell no laser cap has FDA approval for efficacy. Some laser caps do have FDA approval for safety. If I would have known that the FDA approval was only for safety I would have done a deeper dive into the research before spending the money on a laser hair cap. As I look at the clinical trials supporting the use of laser caps most of it is done by laser manufacturers. If you see any marketing material labeled (Clinically Backed/FDA Cleared) most likely it's a laser hair cap that has clinical trials done by a laser manufacturer and FDA cleared for safety. In my opinion that is slight of hand with words.

Vitamins | Supplements - A good first-line offering for individuals whose diet doesn’t include the nutrients they need to sustain hair growth. The focus should be on getting nutrients naturally from food with supplements and vitamins being used only when food isn’t providing enough nutrition. Be wary of bold claims. Most well-done meta-analysis of vitamins and supplements for overall health improvement are marginally effective. Studies of vitamin and supplements show they are occasionally miss-labeled [4]. If your vitamins aren't coming from the food you are eating do what you can to adjust your diet to have the highest likely hood of success with hair regrowth by vitamin and supplements.

Minoxidil - The dandruff and scalp irritation from daily application of minoxidil was too much for me even though I did notice some slight improvement.

Author

William Beesley

August, 2021

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