90% of patients regrow hair using the treatment.
NEW YORK - A new treatment for hair loss that is far-more effective than all other treatments currently available for men and women of all ages, has been developed by a New York physician, according to a new study published in “Advances In Therapy,” the international, peer reviewed medical journal.
The article, authored by Dr. Adam Lewenberg, reports on results of a two-year tracking study of 2,210 patients (both men and women) with the most common hair loss problems (androgenetic alopecia or alopecia areata) as they applied a proprietary hair growth product. The formula is a precise combination of 2% minoxidil and 0.025% tretinoin, developed by Dr. Lewenberg as a hair spray.
The results of the study indicate that nearly 90% of those patients who applied the spray-on formula four times a day “showed visible – and even cosmetically significant – improvement in hair quality” after just three months, with over 85% of patients starting to grow normal hair (hair that is difficult to pull out and is not of fine or wispy texture) within that period. After six months of use, the percentage of patients who experienced new hair growth increased to 92%. Of those patients who continued the four-dose-per-day application for one-and-a-half to two years, 91% had either “grown beautiful, normal hair,” or showed “marked hair growth” improvement, the study reports.
Dr. Lewenberg, who has been treating problems with hair loss in women and men for more than 10 years, was one of the early pioneers to use minoxidil, the only drug approved for use in growing hair. However, results with minoxidil alone were most often disappointing, he said, and he began experiments to find a more effective treatment. He discovered that a combination of minoxidil and tretinoin (commonly known as Retin-A) formulated as a hair spray, showed the best results.
Over the past several years, Dr. Lewenberg has gradually improved his method to the point where it not only produces the high success rates reported in this study, but it also permits easy maintenance, allowing patients to keep their new hair permanently. Dr. Lewenberg adopted the four-dose-per-day regimen when he noticed that increases in the amount and frequency of dosing improved the effectiveness of the hair loss treatment without negative side-effects.
Dr. Lewenberg believes that a key factor contributing to the high rate of success of his treatment is that his compound is uniquely formulated as a hair spray. “As a spray, it is extremely easy to use, it is very safe, it does not have any hormonal side effects, and it is non-irritating, which means it can be applied more frequently,” he added.
The study indicates that after one and a half to two years on the four-dose-per-day regimen, a single daily dose of the formula proved sufficient to maintain hair regrowth in over 90% of the patients and that even this dose could be discontinued for one or two months each year.
“Even some patients who have tried other medical treatments, sometimes for years without success, began regrowing normal hair within months of switching to our regimen,” Dr. Lewenberg noted. This included elderly people, women, and patients with a long history of hair loss. Only men who had been losing hair for more than 20 years did not respond to the treatment, the report states.