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Medical Treatment for Hereditary Hair Loss in Syracuse, Rochester, and Ithaca, NY

Double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sang W. Kim of the Natural Face™ Clinics, specialize in medical treatment for hereditary hair loss for patients residing in the Syracuse metropolitan area and Central New York area including Ithaca, and Rochester.

Currently, two medications for treatment of androgenetic alopecia are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are finasteride oral pill and minoxidil topical medication. The most recognized brand names for these are Propecia® and Rogaine®. Approval by FDA means that the drug has undergone the FDA’s approval process through extensive research to be safe and effective specifically for the indicated medical condition. As a side note, the medications or medical devices with “Approval by FDA” must have demonstrated through rigorous study that they are both safe and effective treatment, while recognition “Cleared by FDA” can be achieved as long as it is safe alternative treatment – a subtle and confusing distinction which even some doctors do not recognize.

Like all medications, there are benefits and potential side-effects. Both of the medications are relatively safe medications for the patient, but it is important to discuss what these side-effects are and whether these medications are suitable for the patients before starting them.

We recommend medical treatment for patients who are affected by androgenetic alopecia. Even if the patient elects to proceed with hair transplant surgery, it is helpful to be on medical treatment concurrently.

Medical treatments work by preventing and reversing the miniaturization process. These are the areas where hair has become thin and loses its volume. However, if the process has advanced beyond miniaturization and the hair is lost permanently, then the medication will not help regain the lost hair. For these areas, the only treatment is to transplant a new set of hair. When the medications are discontinued, its effect tends to wear off and the patient will revert to an ongoing process of hereditary hair loss. This reversal effect, however, will not affect the transplanted hair, because they are resistant to the DHT-mediated effect.

Propecia® (1 mg finasteride tablet)

As reviewed from above, hereditary hair loss is caused by dihydrotestasterone (DHT). The hair follicles that are sensitive to DHT will begin its miniaturization process and eventually become lost permanently. Finasteride, which has been used for a long time in patients with prostate problems, works by blocking the DHT synthesis. Unlike the finasteride which is used for prostate problems (5mg tablet), Propecia which is indicated for hair loss comes in 1mg tablet form.

Numerous clinical studies have shown that Propecia® ¬is effective in increasing the density of the hair in male patients affected by androgenetic alopecia. Having been on Propecia® for 5 years, about 90% of patients reported either improvement in hair growth or arrest of further hair loss. Studies have demonstrated an actual increase in hair count after 5 years of Propecia®. While most studies have shown an increase in growth at the vertex area of the head, both Propecia® and Rogaine® will improve the loss of hair throughout the scalp.

Rogaine® (5% or 2% minoxidil topical solution or foam)

Minoxidil was originally a blood pressure medication taken as a pill. It was observed that these patients also experienced growth of body hair. Based on this observation, the medication was developed into topical solution form to be applied only to the areas of hair loss. This way there is no systemic effect such as blood pressure change during use.

Numerous studies on the efficacy of minoxidil have been reported. Generalizing from these studies, one should expect that 80-90 % of patients who strictly adhere to treatment with minoxidil topical will experience improved hair growth and hair density. While most studies have shown an increase in growth at the vertex area of the head, both Propecia® and Rogaine® will improve the loss of hair throughout the scalp. Patients should expect to use the medication daily for at least 6 months before any noticeable change is seen.

Double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sang W. Kim at Natural Face Clinics specialize in aesthetic enhancement of the face, head, and neck, exclusively. Patients come to see us from the Syracuse metropolitan area and Central New York area including Ithaca, and Rochester. At Natural Face Clinics, we specialize in restoring the youthful neck contour, tired appearance of the brows and eyes, and skin laxity. We offer customized treatment, both surgical and non-surgical, including facelift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), nose surgery (rhinoplasty), brow lift, neck lift, and skin resurfacing. Find out more by scheduling your personal consultation today.



Dr. Sang W. Kim

Harvard Trained, Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon

Sang W Kim, MD is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery, nasal/sinus surgery, and hair restoration surgery.

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I found everyone at Natural Face Clinics to be very friendly and accommodating. During the procedure I became ill and both Dr. Kim and Susan were very compassionate and I did not feel rushed. As of this date, the results are great and I am happy with the end result. Dr. Kim has been very kind and professional. He is a great doctor. The staff is very kind and caring. They are always friendly and accommodating on the phone and in the office. I would definitely recommend Dr. Kim to my family and friends. Thank you for everything!

- Joanne – East Syracuse, NY


Everything about the procedure was well explained and it was a breeze! The chin surgery came out well and as expected. The doctor was very professional and put me at ease. He explained everything that he was doing. The staff is top notch and Karen was outstanding.

- Carl – East Syracuse, NY


The initial visit was informative and reassuring. I was given options and a clear understanding as to what to expect. It was very comforting. I received excellent care and I am thrilled with my results! I’ve already booked my next procedure. I was pleasantly surprised with how little pain there was and how quickly I recovered.
Dr. Halliday is wonderful! He is knowledgeable and professional. I wouldn’t trust my face to just anyone. He is an excellent plastic surgeon. The staff is professional, caring and attentive. Appointment times are honored and the visits are never rushed. I am so grateful for the outstanding care I received.

- Susan – East Syracuse, NY


My experience was very professional and helpful. My questions were answered that I did not think to ask. They were very friendly and accommodating. The procedure went smoothly. Post-op care was especially spoiling, considering it was during the holidays. Everything was done to ensure I had an optimal outcome.
My results are splendid! I am receiving compliments that I look 15-20 years younger than prior to my procedure. My doctor was outstanding and genuinely concerned. He wanted me to understand what was being done and why. I had clear and concise answers to questions and received excellent bedside manner. The staff is friendly, efficient, on time and on task. They are eager to assist! I would recommend and would use again when needing cosmetic enhancements. I am very, very pleased with my experience and results.

- D.L. – East Syracuse, NY


When I look in the mirror, I know I made a great choice. Dr. Halliday and his exceptional staff were thoughtful, knowledgeable, and caring. My results were very good and not over-done like some actress on TV. I have referred friends and they also had great results.

- Mary - New York Mills, NY


I cannot begin to tell you how happy I was and continue to be with Dr. Halliday and his staff. I felt very comfortable the first time I met him and talked with his staff. I was treated professionally and with dignity. I originally met Dr. Halliday to discuss fillers. After talking to him and discussing all my options, I decided to have a face lift and surgery on my upper and lower eye lids. He never pushed me into making a decision, in fact, he told me to think about it. I left and headed to work and I called the same day and booked my surgery. He is an artist and a master at what he does. I am extremely happy with my results. I have and will continue to recommend Dr. Halliday and his staff to anyone interested in improving their appearance.

- Debbie - Syracuse, NY


This whole process has been an amazing experience. The staff and Dr. Halliday treat you with respect and also assure your privacy. The staff is efficient and communicates well; you have complete knowledge of the process and the outcome is absolutely awesome. Thank you!

- Dale - Ilion, NY


At my initial visit I was met with a short wait time and a friendly staff. Throughout the whole procedure I was comfortable and I healed well and had no problems; I am happy with my results. Dr. Kim is so nice and friendly. He answered all my questions and made me feel safe and comfortable. The office staff has been very friendly and helpful as well. Everyone is so nice here.

- Karen – Syracuse, NY


When I met Dr. Kim and the staff, everyone was friendly. Dr. Kim did a good job with my procedure and made me feel comfortable. My hair has started to grow and I feel like the procedure has worked. Everyone here is nice and I liked Dr. Kim’s honesty with me. My doctor wanted me to go to a different doctor for my nose but I told him “no I want to go to Dr. Kim”.

- Ljupco – Syracuse, NY


At my initial visit Dr. Kim and the staff were very informative on what was going to happen with the surgery. He removed Melanoma from the left side of my nose and it very good. All of the Melanoma has been removed and is healing well. Dr. Kim has been very informative on all that has taken place and what is in the future after surgery. The staff has also been very helpful throughout the whole process. I would see Dr. Kim again if I had any more cancer to be removed.

- Eugene – Syracuse, NY


My initial consultation was very informative. The doctor was honest about the procedure, as well as, the cost and I felt no pressure to make a commitment. The office itself is very comfortable and the staff is friendly and welcoming. My procedure went smooth and the doctor was very cautious to not release me until he was sure I was ready to leave. I am very happy with my results and the healing time was even better than expected. Dr. Kim has an excellent bed side manner and his staff made the whole process enjoyable. He is easy to talk to and very informative about the procedure, as well as, advice on the healing process. I would definitely refer my family and friends to this practice.

- Linda – East Syracuse, NY


Dr. Kim and the entire staff are nice. Dr. Kim did a good job and everything is 100%.

- Nevzad – East Syracuse, NY


My husband and I met with Dr. Halliday and Terri. We arrived to a very clean and inviting office and did not have to wait long. Dr. Halliday and Terri did not tell me what should be done but were interested in what my goals were for a cosmetic procedure. They answered all my questions and explained their recommendations clearly. On the day of my procedure everyone went out of their way to make sure I was as comfortable as possible. I liked the “privacy” of the operating and recovery area. I feel like l look years younger while still looking “age appropriate”. Friends and family have commented I look good and the natural lift is exactly that; very natural. The only way people know I had a procedure is because I told them. Dr. Halliday was very professional and friendly the entire time. I completely trusted all the decisions he made during the procedure. He took his time and even took time to put my husband at ease about having the procedure done. Everyone at the office is extremely friendly and I have never had to wait long for my appointment. I feel like I have made an investment in my face and while I am happy to be my age I am even happier to have a face that matches the body I have. I will continue to make enhancements along the way with Dr. Halliday, Terri, and everyone in his office who made me feel and look special.

- Nicki – East Syracuse, NY


The staff is very pleasant and helpful. I am very pleased with Dr. Hallidays expertise.

- Debra Victor - East Syracuse, NY


This is a wonderful place to come, everyone is great and happy. I had the best care and will recommend this surgery center to my friends.

- Linda - Syracuse, NY


I was very worried about my surgery. However, the doctor and staff were wonderful and my surgery and recovery were well worth it.

- Shirley – Syracuse, NY

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