Hereditary alopecia is also termed as androgenetic alopecia or in other words, male pattern baldness. This form of hair loss runs in the blood and it can strike an individual as early as 18 years. A genetic predisposition is what increases one’s risk of battling hereditary alopecia, which most commonly culminates into baldness
In case you are battling hereditary alopecia or you have several signs of it, here are the 4 most effective ways of treating it.
- Minoxidil a.k.a Rogaine
Minoxidil is an FDA approved hair loss treatment and it is regularly applied on the scalp to achieve hair regrowth. There are different forms of Minoxidil which even allow men to obtain better results, but initially, the drug was introduced for women.
Minoxidil is ideally recommended for onset hair loss or a moderate form of hair loss, but hardly has any effect on extensive hair loss. Men and women who use Minoxidil report new hair growth, although it is more effective in the earlier stages of alopecia.
- Finasteride a.k.a Propecia
It is also an FDA approved hair loss drug, but recommended for men only. Oral finasteride is considered the most effective form of Propecia and it requires a patient to take one pill a day. Finasteride generally works by stopping the production of DHT, a hormone that leads to hair loss.
As per the latest study, finasteride is considered an effective hair loss treatment in men at least 70% of them notice a desirable level of hair growth. Just like Minoxidil, Finasteride is also associated with several side effects and must be utilized after consulting a hair specialist or a hair transplant surgeon.
Women are prohibited from using finasteride as it can also trigger birth defects in them.
- PRP ‘Platelet-Rich Plasma’ Therapy
This is an individualized form of hair loss treatment and obviously minimally invasive. PRP therapy is conducted in sessions and requires a doctor to harvest a given amount of blood from a patient. This blood is centrifuged to obtain the growth factors.
The growth factors are then injected in the intended region on the scalp, using sterilized needles. The treatment approach also requires an examination as extensive hair loss may not respond effectively to the treatment.
A patient may also require 3 to 5 treatment sessions to recover a good amount of hair depending on the hair loss extent.
- Surgery- “Hair Transplantation”
Hair transplantation is currently taken to be the last resort for hair restoration among men and women. This hair restoration approach requires a surgeon to extract a given number of grafts from the back of the patient’s head. This can be done using the FUE technique or the FUT technique. Small incisions are then made in the bald region where individual grafts are introduced.