For men and women diagnosed with androgenic alopecia (a form of genetic hair loss known as male or female pattern baldness), finding the right treatment requires expert advice. Androgenic alopecia causes hair follicles on the scalp to shrink and in some cases die completely, making it essential that the correct treatment be identified and administered as quickly as possible to limit overall hair loss.
Not only that, the number of solutions on offer can often be confusing to someone who has just received a diagnosis of androgenic alopecia so here we’ll look at just two of the most effectively proven solutions that are available to those diagnosed with genetic hair loss – Rogaine (or Minoxidil) and hair transplant surgery.
What is Rogaine and how does it work? Rogaine is an over the counter product whose active ingredient (Minoxidil) was found to encourage blood flow to the scalp and stimulate hair follicle growth whilst blocking further hair loss during HBP trials. Rogaine is applied twice a day topically to the scalp and is effective for as long as it is used which means if use is discontinued then hair loss will resume. Rogaine is also not without side effects in some patients who have reported rashes, dizziness and in rarer cases, increased bleeding. It goes without saying that sufferers of angina, HBP and abnormal heartbeat should discuss its use with a physician. Women who are breastfeeding, pregnant or trying for a baby are advised likewise.
A more permanent solution for both sexes is of course hair transplant surgery but even though techniques in this area have moved on exponentially since the 1980s, many are still unsure as to whether follicular transplant is a safe and effective way of dealing with genetic hair loss. A hair restoration surgeon can advise about current practice which includes the breakthrough FUE (follicular unit extraction) techniques that currently make it possible to obtain extremely high graft yields from a small donor area. Most hair restoration clinics encourage potential patients to attend a free, no obligation consultation that can explain possible procedures in depth and dispel confusion about follicular transplantation techniques.
Rogaine then can be viewed as an effective temporary solution for many people diagnosed with genetic hair loss while hair transplant surgery remains the only real option for those seeking long-term solutions.