Androgenetic Alopecia: Hiding the Hair Loss

Androgenetic Alopecia

Hair loss and pattern balding is a condition that is commonly associated with men, but did you know that equally as many women are affected by the condition?

Androgenetic alopecia is a genetic condition and represents the most common form of hair loss in both males and females, affecting each gender in equal measure. Of course, being genetic does not make hair loss any easier and realizing that your hair is thinning can have a lasting psychological impact. Hair loss can lead to a loss of confidence and self-esteem, which can lead to depression; this is especially true in women, where the condition is not really understood or accepted. Fortunately, Androgenetic Alopecia being common means that various treatments available that can help slow down hair loss and, in some cases, even reverse the condition.

Stopping hair loss

Before considering any type of hair loss treatment you should also consult with a doctor first. Other factors can cause hair loss in both men and women, and physicians will need to examine the scalp and run tests to determine that Androgenetic Alopecia is a contributing factor.

A doctor will be able to recommend the best form of treatment for your particular condition. Initially, topical medication will be used, which is successful in many cases. However, surgery may also be considered.

Topical treatments

The most commonly used treatment for Androgenetic Alopecia is Minoxidil, generically marketed as Rogaine. Although, Rogaine is aimed towards reducing hair loss in men, the over-the-counter treatment also has proven benefits in women.

Minoxidil is available in a two and five per cent liquid or foam solution that is applied directly to the scalp with the aim of promoting hair growth by lengthening the growth phase of hair follicles. A five per cent solution is generally recommended for men, with a two per cent solution used on women; however, it is thought that the five per cent solution is also more affective in females.

To be effective, Minoxidil must be used for at least six months on patients that have suffered hair loss for less than 5 years. Results are usually seen after around 12-18 months of use.

Finasteride Firide(5 Mg) is an oral solution that has a high rate of success in men particularly. The tablet is taken to decrease the production of hormones that are associated with Androgenetic Alopecia, which results in greater hair coverage. This pill is not recommended for women who are pregnant due to possible birth defects, and the results of taking Finasteride in woman are not known to be overly effective.

Surgical treatment

Clinics specializing in surgical hair regrowth treatments have increased dramatically in recent years and laser hair therapy is now one of the most popular cosmetic treatments on the market. Laser hair therapy can be successful in both men and women and uses photobiostimulation to increase blood flow in the scalp and increase nutrients that improve the overall health of hair follicles. With laser hair therapy, existing hair is less likely to decline and dormant follicles can even resume growth.

Finding out you have Androgenetic Alopecia can be stressful, but with the treatments that are now available, you can rest assured that hair loss can be managed and even prevented, allowing you to live a happy and confident life.

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