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What is the first step for people with hair loss? Millions of people each year are newly affected by thinning hair. It can be a particularly psychologically devastating process. The first step in treating hair thinning is determining the cause of the hair loss. There are many factors which contribute to hair loss including genetics, trauma, and underlying medical diseases. The first step for any person suffering from hair loss is to consult with an experienced physician to determine the cause of the hair loss so that the best treatment can be determined.

What is androgenic alopecia? Androgenic alopecia, more commonly referred to as male pattern baldness, is a form of hair loss which affects both men and women. The resulting hair loss patterns are different in men than women but both are predictable. The cause is due to the effect of the break down products of testosterone on hair follicles.

Is surgery the best option for alopecia treatment? Possibly. Depending on the type of hair loss, surgery may be the best option. Unfortunately there is not a one size fits all answer for hair loss. Determining the best treatment for a patient’s hair loss relies on diagnosing the cause. Once the cause has been determined by a doctor, a plan can be set in motion to both combat future loss and restore loss that has occurred.

What medicines are available for hair loss? The only US Food and Drug Administration approved medications for hair loss are finasteride, minoxidil, and bimatoprost. Each has different indications. Bimatoprost is the latest on the scene and is approved for eyelash loss. Minoxidil is available over the counter but the other two require a prescription from a physician. All have side effects and consultation with a physician is always a wise choice before starting any treatment.

While hair loss is a fairly common ailment, the good news is that it is treatable. Determining the cause by consulting with a physician is the first step to determining appropriate treatment for hair loss.

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