Androgenetic alopecia is the most common form of hair loss and accounts for around 85-90% of the cases. As the name indicates it has a genetic component and involves the male hormone Testtosterone, though indirectly.
Testosterone is converted into Di-Hydro-Testosterone (DHT). Follicles in the hair loss prone areas are sensitive to DHT, but the sensitivity may vary greatly. Which is why some hair is lost early and other hairs may last much longer.
Many patients may try various shampoos, oils, herbal medicines, tablets, oinments and micracle treatments to stop the hair loss. Alhtough, there are many “treatments” available only very few of them have any dccumented efffect. These include
Finasteride & Dutasteride: Tradenames are Propecia and Avodart. Revivor Hair does not generally recommend these treatments as they may cause impotence and decreased sexdrive. However, in some selected patients these medications may be an option.
Generally, only to be used by men.
Minoxidil 5%: Also called Regaine, Rogain and Hair Max Plus. Can be used by both men and women. May slow down hair loss and in few cases limited regrowth may be seen
Microneedling: One study has shown very good results
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP): The healing, repair and growth properties of your own blood is used to stimulate the dormant hair follicles
In some selected cases of non-adrogenetic alopecia other treatment options may be considered such as DCPC, steriod injections, hormone therapy or supplements.