[Therapeutic options for androgenetic alopecia]

Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2011;155:A2535.
[Article in Dutch]

Abstract

Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is the most common type of hair loss. There are different treatment possibilities for the prevention of and as a remedy for AGA. The broad spectrum of possibilities varies from doing nothing to hair transplantation. Treating AGA is difficult because it is a natural, ongoing and personal process. The progression of AGA can be slowed down by medication. If one desires a full head of hair and immediate results, however, a hairpiece could be an option. A permanent result is only attainable by hair transplantation. In terms of cost effectiveness over the short term (1 year) and intermediate term (10 years), medication is the best option. Hair transplantation, however, remains the best solution for a permanent result over the long term (more than 10 years). Given the advantages of partial longitudinal follicle unit transplantation (PL-FUT) in comparison with traditional hair transplantation techniques, our preferences go out to PL-FUT and medicinal treatment.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alopecia / etiology*
  • Alopecia / prevention & control
  • Alopecia / rehabilitation
  • Androgen Antagonists / therapeutic use
  • Androgens / physiology*
  • Disease Progression
  • Hair / transplantation*
  • Hair Follicle / physiology
  • Humans
  • Male

Substances

  • Androgen Antagonists
  • Androgens