With an ever-expanding list of options when it comes to treating hair loss, we ask that most common of questions: Which is the best treatment for androgenetic alopecia?

 

Androgenetic Alopecia

Even before the days of Hippocrates in 400BC, the Greek physician to whom all modern doctors swear an oath, men have searched for a cure to hair loss. When that great Greek doctor noticed that eunuchs did not lose their hair he became an early investigator into the world of genetics. He was not the first to believe he could achieve a reversal of fortune and regrow hair. He was certainly not the last. These days any sense that we are closing on a true cure for hair loss is tempered by reality. While there is much that can be done to help, the old question still remains. Which is the best treatment for androgenetic alopecia?

We take a look at the range of options available from the FDA approved to some of the more leading-edge treatments based on the latest science and research.

Traditional Hair Loss Treatments

Plan A for most, when confronted with hair loss, is to style their hair differently. This can be an effective remedy until the loss progresses too far to be easily disguised. At some point during that journey many will, having consulted with an expert, decide to take one of the FDA approved hair loss medicines. Finasteride and Rogaine offer topical and oral remedies that work for some and can stop the advance for years. But if your hair loss proves resistant, and you are not prepared to become a bald person just yet, then your choices are between the traditional and the modern.

When it comes to traditional… For centuries men and women have resorted to covering hair loss with a wig. Its modern equivalent has come a long way, made of materials that have elevated them considerably from the versions of just a few decades ago. They remain an option and are popular with women, for whom the wearing of a wig is typically far more socially acceptable.  If you don’t want to live with some of the limitations that come with wearing a hair system, then maybe a transplant is the answer. Transplantation, like wigs, has come a long way.  Make sure you do full due diligence on your surgeon, you will want to be confident about your prognosis.

Modern Hair Loss Techniques

This is where it is easy to become bewildered by the range available today. The situation is not helped by a forest of misinformation that clouds the difference between a genuine option and something that is either going to be snake oil or simply ineffective in your case.

There have been a series of exciting developments in just the last few years, many of which are making a difference for hair loss sufferers. Laser therapy has evolved to become something we can do in the comfort of our own home. Platelet Rich Therapy has come out of an improved understanding of the processes involved in the production of healthy follicles. As have some exciting new medications, like JAK inhibitors, currently working their way through clinical trials. There are even more at a pre-trial stage, publishing early results of small scale tests on animals that have produced amazing outcomes. 

HIS Hair Clinic

The question of which is the best treatment for androgenetic alopecia will be around till we find the magic pill. Until then, identifying the best treatment is a question of creating the right solution for you. Each case presents different challenges, a consultation with an expert will help avoid those treatments deemed unlikely to help while highlighting those most likely to be efficacious. 

If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with one of our team of friendly experts, simply complete our contact form on this page or click here to find your nearest clinic.

 

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By Ian Watson

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