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Finasteride Side Effects

What are Finasteride side effects and should you worry about them? Well, the idea of topical Finasteride has become more popular as big companies like “Hims” are utilizing and advertising this as an option to the traditional oral delivery method. 

Finasteride, taken orally, is one of the few FDA-approved treatments to combat hair loss.  Subsequently, topical Finasteride has not got FDA approval. So why would you want to take Finasteride topically if this is not FDA-approved? The answer is very simple; the side effects of taking Finasteride orally are too many for many individuals. 

How Does Finasteride Work

Finasteride works by blocking the hormone DHT in the body. As with any medication that disturbs hormones in the body, there will be side effects.  This includes:

  • Decreased sex drive
  • Ejaculation disorder
  • Skin rash
  • Trouble getting or keeping an erection
  • Increase in breast size and tenderness
  • Gynecomastia

Although it is typically well-tolerated, many can be affected by Finasteride side effects or maybe just want to avoid taking the medication due to the risk of adverse events. 

Alternatively, according to USA RX; “Topical finasteride primarily lowers the levels of DHT in the scalp and has a substantially lower impact on serum DHT in the body, which makes it less likely to cause side effects than oral finasteride.”

To learn more or buy topical Finasteride, Hims might be a good place to start. If you are wary of Finasteride side effects and look for a safer hair restoration technique, scalp micropigmentation might be the right option for you.

If medications are not for you, look into Scalp Micropigmentation in Phoenix, Arizona. DermiMatch is the right place to head to. Best scalp artists await you at the DermiMatch hair clinic. They have been working as the SMP practitioners for years and delivering excellent realistic results for clients without the risk of side effects.

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Scalp Micropigmentation Process

We all see Instagram posts of before and after or 1st,2nd, and 3rd session progression as it relates to Scalp Micropigmentation. Marketing and photos can be misleading and set false expectations of what is realistic throughout the process. Understanding the scalp micropigmentation process and expectations is important. Make sure each client knows about the process during the consultation. 

I’d like to touch on the scalp micropigmentation process and expectations for each session in general terms. SMP involves 3-5 sessions. For demonstration purposes, I will go through session progression as if we are talking about three sessions. 

What’s Are Scalp Micropigmentation processes

First session – This is the time to create the overall foundation. Depending on your artist, this may be low density or a time to create density and get a “wow” factor for a client.

Whatever your artist chooses, this is the time to get a base down and fill in the balding area. Directly after a 1st session, the results may look fantastic, but as the treatment heals and the redness dies down, you will likely see sections that have faded or disappeared altogether and others that have remained. This can leave a patchy appearance, but do not be alarmed; this is normal. 

Second session – This is the time that your artist learns about your skin, how you heal, the technique used, and any changes your artist must make in their technique. Each client’s skin is different and requires adjustments to achieve the best results.

During this session, your artist will fill in any sessions that fade and blend the work from the first session.

This is also the time to create the desired density the client hopes to achieve or even make changes to the hairline design. 

Third session – This may be your last session for the scalp micropigmentation process for a while or it may not. This session involves blending and creating final detailed touches. Some artists may use a different shade of pigment to create a dusted 3D look on this session. 

As mentioned, each client is different, so your artist should work with you based on the healing results.

A client’s scalp skin is different from inch to inch. So if a section’s impressions stay and others do not, you will need extra sessions. As a client, it can be a scary process when the results are not healing perfectly after every session. But this is nothing to worry about. This is common and each session is used to fill faded portions. 

Marketing might make one believe that each session looks perfect. This is not the case and requires many sessions to make the final results you see advertised. 

You can book a consultation with your local SMP provider or feel free to contact Dermimatch in Scottsdale, AZ at and schedule a consultation. 

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Natural Propecia Alternative

If you have done any research on your hair loss, you may have heard or even been prescribed natural Propecia (Generic name – Finasteride), an FDA-approved Type II- Alpha Reductant.

It is known to prevent the body’s Testosterone from converting to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

DHT has been linked to hair loss by blocking blood flow to the hair follicle.

Propecia Side effects

Unfortunately, with any medication, there are side effects, and Finasteride is no exception. Finasteride works by altering the body’s hormones, which can lead to sexual and other side effects (Finasteride (Oral Route) Side Effects – Mayo Clinic)

If you have already experienced side effects from Finasteride or are unwilling to take the medication, there are some alternatives you may want to try.  One of those alternatives is the natural supplement sold at your local drugstore, Saw Palmetto.

Although not an FDA-approved medication, it has been shown that an extract of Saw Palmetto berries may block 5-Alpha Reductase, which is an enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT.

Propecia Alternative

There is no concrete evidence that this is a viable substitute for Finasteride but it may be worth a try if you do not want to take finasteride or if you have experienced side effects from the medication.  But if you are wary of Propecia side effects, you may want to take the safer route. Get in touch with Phoenix SMP experts at DermiMatch Clinic.


Joey lawrence Hair Loss

From what I can tell, Joey Lawrence has done just about everything under the sun to hide his hair loss. 

Joey is seen on a talk show stating that he doesn’t have any hair loss but that he just chooses to shave his head. For whatever personal reasons he is still not open about balding and what he’s done to combat it. 

Here are the things I think Joey has done to hide his hair loss. If you look over the years, Joey has shaved his head and also grown his hair back years later. With his head shaved down you can still see it looks as though he has a full head of shaved down hair. It’s apparent to me that Joey has had Scalp Micropigmentation done. The artist that did the work did a great job however, this is what I think Joey’s answer to his hair loss consisted of until he obtained hair transplants. I Think Joey has had multiple FUE transplants and I would bet he has also used body hair to obtain more grafts by looking at the texture of his hair. 

SMP in combination with hair transplants can be a great combination and I think Joey is a good example of combining these two options. 

For any SMP questions, take a look at located in Scottsdale, AZ.