Medical Minute: Hair Loss

About 80 million men and women are affected by hair loss in the United States, but only three percent try to find a solution. With so many products and surgical options available, here is a look at what works.

Stewart Bloom has been jogging all his life, but at one point he stopped.

"You say, 'Oh well, what's the use? No matter what I do, I'm still not going to have my hair,'" Stewart says.

Stewart was devastated when he began losing hair in his late teens. He's tried countless remedies.

"They would put static electrical charges through my scalp in order to stimulate my hair follicles, and I also bought bottles of different colored liquids that were for shampoos and scalp conditioners."

National expert Dr. Matt Leavitt says only three methods have been medically proven to restore hair loss. Two of them can prevent loss before it starts. One is Minoxidil, a solution known as Rogaine.

"What Minoxidil does is it causes the hair to stay in the growing cycle longer," says Dr. Matt Leavitt.

The other is Finasteride, well known as Propecia. The pill blocks DHT, which causes shrinkage of hair follicles.

"Ninety percent of the people that actually take Propecia have improvement."

Or the third method worked for Stewart and Dr. Leavitt, hair transplantation.

"The hair transplants are permanent because we're taking hair that has no genetic program ever to be lost."

Dr. Leavitt recommends all three for the best outcome.

"Once I saw it growing, it changed everything. I felt I was now in control of my life, and there was something that I could do about it."

Stewart now faces the day with full confidence and a full head of hair.

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