Hair Loss Treatment Options: How They Work

There are quite some effective treatments for hair loss that are made available for both men and women. Make an informed decision by browsing different treatment options covered by our experts.

TOPICAL TREATMENT

A big part of available hair loss treatments comes in topical formulation – solutions that are applied directly to your scalp. Currently, only minoxidil is an FDA-approved topical treatment of androgenetic alopecia. There is also an FDA-cleared treatment method – low-level laser therapy, that can be done at home using a laser cap, band, or comb.

ORAL MEDICATIONS & SUPPLEMENTS

Oral treatment options include pills and tablets that usually act by blocking dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – the most common underlying cause of hair loss, especially in men. However, only oral finasteride 1 mg/ day is FDA-approved for androgenetic alopecia in men – it is not approved for women.

OTHER TREATMENT OPTIONS

Other, mostly novel treatment options that have already shown some results but still need more research include micro-needling with a dermaroller or other devices, Platelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP), and stem cell therapy.