The Basics of Balding: Androgenic Alopecia

Treating Androgenic Alopecia

Though there are ways to treat its effects, hair loss from androgenic alopecia is permanent. There are medications available to encourage new hair growth and lessen balding in both men and women, but you have to take the medications indefinitely to prevent hair from falling out again. Rogaine (minoxidil) is an over-the-counter topical medication approved to treat androgenic alopecia in both men and women. For men, Propecia (finasteride) is a prescription pill approved to treat the condition.

For people who don’t want to remain on androgenic alopecia medications indefinitely or who experience side effects, hair transplant surgery may be an option. Hair follicles can be grafted or transplanted to thinning areas of the scalp to encourage healthy hair growth. Some supplements and herbs may have some positive effect in helping to regrow hair in people with androgenic alopecia.

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