Cosmeceuticals & Oral Medication

Cosmeceuticals & Oral Medication

Losing your hair can be a distressing event. Dr. Zena Gabriel at ZENA Medical has carefully cultivated her approach to treating hair loss to minimize patient distress and prevent further hair loss as fast as possible. Because of the condition’s time-sensitive nature, finding the cause of your hair loss is crucial to developing a treatment plan to reverse the loss and restore your hair’s thickness and health.

The Science Behind Hair Loss

Our first step in beginning hair loss treatment is to determine the extent of it and its cause. People may lose hair for a number of reasons, including genetics, hormonal imbalance, extreme stress, toxic substances (such as chemotherapy or radiation), or autoimmune conditions. Understanding the underlying source of your problem is what helps Dr. Zena formulate the best solution for your hair and scalp condition. The most common cause is androgenetic alopecia, which is what contributes to male pattern baldness, though the condition can occur in both men and women.

At ZENA Medical, we get to the root of your hair loss using a multi-faceted approach, beginning with a thorough physical examination and detailed medical history. We may order blood tests to understand your hormone and vitamin levels, and we will rule out skin diseases, such as psoriasis, that can affect hair growth. Having a comprehensive evaluation by a dermatologist of Dr. Zena’s caliber can give you the best chance at fighting hair loss in the long term.

How Do Cosmeceuticals and Oral Medications Treat Hair Loss?

Topical Hair Restoration

One of the most common hair loss prevention and restoration treatments is minoxidil, which most people know as Rogaine®. 

It stimulates blood circulation in the scalp to provide hair follicles with the blood supply necessary to maintain healthy growth. Dr. Zena has thoroughly studied minoxidil’s effects both on its own and as a compound with other actives and has developed a topical cosmeceutical that’s effective at reversing hair loss. Minoxidil is an effective treatment for men and women alike.


Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a medical-grade hair loss treatment that can reverse hair loss and enrich the scalp. Plasma from our blood has growth factors that, when injected into the scalp, can stimulate follicle growth and improve the health of existing follicles. These growth factors attract stem cells, which then can rebuild the keratins necessary for follicle creation and health. 

Oral Supplements

At ZENA Medical, we recommend Viviscal to revitalize follicle health and promote regrowth. The marine complex AminoMar is the main ingredient that encourages hair growth. Biotin, apple extract, and vitamin C can restore strength to weakened follicles through the bloodstream and return your hair’s fullness and thickness.

If your lab tests reveal a deficiency in biotin, iron, or zinc, Dr. Zena may recommend a multivitamin supplement to boost hair growth and follicle health and balance your vitamin levels. You may be encouraged to increase your protein intake through your diet as well. 

Prescription Medications

Finasteride is an FDA-approved medication taken as a daily pill to reverse hair loss and regrow healthy strands. It is effective for men suffering from male pattern baldness. Because it works with testosterone levels, it’s not a very effective treatment for women.

Spironolactone is another medication to combat pattern baldness, but this one is safe and effective for many women. There are some significant risks to pregnant women, so this medication is prescribed carefully for women of childbearing age to avoid potential birth defects.

Am I a Good Candidate for Hair Restoration?

With the array of hair loss treatment options available at ZENA Medical, we are confident we can help men and women alike who are struggling with thinning or receding hair. Treatment can sometimes be more effective the sooner it’s started, so call today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Zena.

What Results Can I Expect?

Your hair restoration timeline will vary depending on the treatment or combination of treatments chosen. Results with PRP may take up to 6 months to become noticeable, whereas minoxidil may take up to 1 year. Finasteride and spironolactone may similarly take several months for measurable hair regrowth. At ZENA Medical, we have several options to reverse hair loss, so you can regain your confidence and your beautiful hair.

Take the Next Step

If you’d like to learn more about cosmeceuticals and oral medication for hair loss, we encourage you to schedule a private consultation with your personal assessment at ZENA Medical in Newport Beach, California today. Call us at (949) 200-8222 or fill out our convenient online contact form. We look forward to meeting you!


*Individual results may vary.


*Individual Results May Vary