AGA Treatment - Overview

Many options are available on the market with different efficacy.

People with AGA thinning hair now have more options available to them than ever before. Moderately effective medical treatments are now offered in the form of a pill and a lotion. Cosmetic enhancers include colored creams, sprays, and powders that when applied to the thinning scalp help to camouflage thinning areas, as long as there is still some hair present in the area. Hairpieces and weaves are a non-surgical means to restore hair by covering bald areas of the scalp. Hair restoration surgery offers a permanent, living solution to lost scalp hair.


Medical Treatment of AGA

Moderately effective medical treatments are now offered in the form of a pill and a lotion. There are only 2 drugs approved by FDA. These drugs reverse or inhibit hair miniaturization in 2 ways:

  • By Stimulating Hair Growth, or
  • By Blocking the Action of DHT

The efficacy of these drugs is more in the crown, not so much in restoring the hairline. Merck Study in 2002 showed that after 2 years of use, only 21% showed a mild improvement in the front. Nevertheless medication must be taken for life. All beneficial effect is lost once the drug is stopped. A lot of money has been invested in researches looking for the magic bullet. Success depends on early intervention and continuation of treatment. Once the hair diameter falls below 0.04mm, it cannot be rescued.

Others which may be useful are:



Non-Medical Treatment of AGA

Cosmetic enhancers include colored creams, sprays, and powders that when applied to the thinning scalp help to camouflage thinning areas, as long as there is still some hair present in the area. Hairpieces and weaves are a non-surgical means to restore hair by covering bald areas of the scalp. Nevetheless there is a limitation about hair style and daily activities, and is very expensive in a long run.


Surgical Treatment of AGA

Hair restoration surgery offers a permanent, living solution to lost scalp hair. Reasonable improvement can be achieved even after a single procedure. There is no maintenance cost and no hindrance to the enjoyment of all kinds of daily leisure, sport, adventure, and intimacy.70% of men of all age can consider hair transplant. Virtually all with less than Class VII can expect good result. No age limit for hair transplant as each case must be assessed individually

Should I Consider Hair Transplant?

Hair transplants is the best option to fill-in the front hairline; and to thicken the front half of the scalp. Medical treatments can be combinedd to maintain hair behind the transplants and to possibly enhance the long-term results of hair restoration surgery. Your hair restoration surgeon will work with you to design an individualized plan to fulfill your specific needs.

What Age Should I Have Hair Transplant?

Patients may have hair restoration surgery at any age. It is often better to consider Hairtransplant when you are not completely bald so that you can use existing hair to help camouflage the effect of the procedure. However, because hair loss tends to be both gradual and progressive, it is often unwise to start surgical treatment in a patient who is very young. Medical treatments such as Finasteride and Minoxidil may be offered to men with mild to moderate hair loss to help preserve thinning hair in the crown.