Treatment of hair loss in women
- Topical minoxidil has been shown to help in the regrowth of hair or to help slow hair loss.
- Hair loss caused by diseases such as thyroid disease can be reversed with treatment of the underlying disease.
- Topical or injectable cortisone medications have been shown to accelerate regrowth of hair for certain conditions.
- Hair transplantation is a permanent form of hair replacement that uses dermatologic surgery to move some existing scalp hair to bald or thinning parts. It might benefit women who have thinning hair and those who have lost some but not all hair from burns or other scarring injuries to the scalp, eyebrows, or eyelashes.
- Hair styling and scalp camouflage techniques are helpful adjuncts in minimizing the appearance of hair loss in women.
Treatment of hair loss in men
- Hair loss can be inherited from either the mother's or father's side of the family.
- A man has a 50 percent chance of experiencing hair loss by his 50th birthday. This hereditary condition, clinically termed androgenetic alopecia, is characterized by a receding hairline as well as a loss of hair on top of the scalp.
- Treatment options that include topical minoxidil and oral finasteride are the only FDA-approved treatments have been shown to help in the regrowth of hair or slow hair loss from hereditary causes.
- Hair transplantation is another treatment option that offers a permanent form of hair replacement using dermatologic surgery to move some existing scalp hair to bald or thinning parts.
Hair grafting or hair transplant
Permanent hair loss can also be treated by hair replacement procedures, such as hair transplantation methods (such as micro-grafting, slit grafting, punch grafting), and by scalp reduction. You may be a candidate for hair replacement procedures if you are:
- A man with male-pattern baldness
- A women with female-pattern (genetic) hair loss
- A person who has lost some but not all hair as a result of burns or other scalp injuries