I have been suffering from baldness for the past three years. What should I do?

Q. How to cure a three-year-long baldness problem in a 26-year-old male?

Answered by
Dr. Sushil Kakkar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 06, 2022 and last reviewed on: Sep 21, 2023

Hello doctor,

I have been suffering from a baldness problem for 3 years. I am just 26 years old. What should I do?



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Minoxidil and Finasteride are US FDA (Food and Drug Administration, United States)-approved therapies for androgenetic alopecia. However, the response to these remedies has a limit, and one cannot expect to regain all the hair that was lost. The aim of these remedies is to halt further progression. Newer approaches that have become available for androgenetic alopecia are platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and hair transplantation. You may try one of these. In PRP (platelet-rich plasma), an autologous concentration of human platelets in a small volume of plasma is obtained from the patient's own blood after processing in an automated centrifuge, and it is injected subcutaneously into the area of alopecia. The beneficial effects of PRP in androgenetic alopecia are attributed to various platelet-derived growth factors causing improvement in the function of the hair follicle and promotion of hair growth. It is safe, cheap, and non-allergic, and it appears to be a useful adjuvant in the management of androgenetic alopecia. However, a hair transplant is the best option. Hair transplantation is achieved by removing grafts from the back (occipital area) of the scalp, which are more resistant to hormonal changes and placing them in areas of scanty growth or baldness. It is definitely more expensive than PRP but gives lasting results. Therefore I would suggest that you seek another appointment with your dermatologist or a plastic surgeon regarding these treatment options for androgenetic alopecia. Thank you.

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