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Will hair lost to male- and female-pattern baldness ever grow back on its own?

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Hair lost to male- and female-pattern baldness won't grow back on its own, but there are medications that can help slow hair loss and even regrow hair. Minoxidil (Rogaine) is a topical medicine that is available over the counter to treat men and women. Finasteride (Propecia) is a pill available to men only by prescription. Injectable cortisone may also help regrow hair lost to certain conditions.

Other hair-loss treatments include injections with platelet-rich plasma, low-level light devices (for home use), hormonal replacement therapy (for perimenopausal patients), and neutraceuticals (pills or liquids taken by mouth such as prenatal vitamins).

From: Hair Problems WebMD Medical Reference

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Wood, J.M. published online Feb. 23, 2009. FASEB J.,

Inomata, K. , 2009. Cell

Mosley, J.G. , 1996. BMJ

Mounsey, A.L. , 2009. American Family Physician

American Academy of Dermatology web site: "Hair Loss."

Palladino L., Green, M. , 5th ed., Cengage Learning, 2006. Hairdressing -- the Foundations: The Official Guide to Level 2

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 6, 2019

SOURCES:

Wood, J.M. published online Feb. 23, 2009. FASEB J.,

Inomata, K. , 2009. Cell

Mosley, J.G. , 1996. BMJ

Mounsey, A.L. , 2009. American Family Physician

American Academy of Dermatology web site: "Hair Loss."

Palladino L., Green, M. , 5th ed., Cengage Learning, 2006. Hairdressing -- the Foundations: The Official Guide to Level 2

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 6, 2019

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