Any medicine for female hereditary baldness ? (photos)

i have suffered from hair loss since i was 18 and i used a lot of drugs nothing work and now i am 26 there are a lot space in my scalp and i have Dandruff last year i went to a doctor who said i have Hereditary baldness and gave my minoxidil once a day and it didn't work please help me

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Medicine for hair loss in women

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Although there are medications for women with hair loss, it would be best to have your scalp examined by a physician who specializes in hair.  If you have hereditary baldness you can speak with your doctor regarding the long term use of rogaine and possible an oral medication like spironolactone.  Low level laser therapy such as the laser cap and laser comb may be good options as well.

Irvine Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Hereditary Baldness in a Woman

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There are different types of female genetic baldness and some of them could respond to treatments better than others. Here are what you need to do.  You need to find a good hair specialist who can perform microscopic evaluation of your hair and scalp.  There are several conditions that you may have:

  1. Genetic Hair loss that is exacerbated due to medical conditions: Evaluations with lab work should be done.
  2. Typical Female Patterned Baldness: Medical treatment should be optimized
  3. Male Patterned Baldness in a Woman: Medical treatment in addition to hair transplant if indicated 

Parsa Mohebi, MD
Beverly Hills Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Female Hereditary Hair Loss Treatment Options

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For female androgenetic alopecia or hereditary hair thinning we typically recommend treatments that directly impact the hair follicle to improve and protect their function before areas become severely depleted.
This regimen may include topical medications, low level laser therapy and/or PRP platelet rich plasma.  Your poor result from once-a-day over-the-counter minoxidil could be significantly improved with a prescription compounded minoxidil called Formula 82M used twice a day. When it comes to laser devices, there is no match for the power and convenience of the original cordless/rechargeable LaserCap. PRP is an in-office treatment which uses the growth factors derived from your body's own blood platelets which we combine with BioD-Restore or ACell to stimulate improved hair growth.
Before starting any treatment, however, you should receive scientific HairCheck cross sectional bundle measurements in several areas of the scalp to monitor your response to treatment. HairCheck numbers will begin to change months before the results are noticeable in the mirror--so it tells you if you how you are responding. Normally, we measure your progress every 90 days using HairCheck. 
If microscopic evaluation of the areas of loss reveals severe density depletion, then hair transplantation will be the required treatment to restore hair follicles to that area. We routinely perform FUE hair transplantation for women, if needed, in order to restore density and coverage to the scalp.

Alan Bauman, MD
Boca Raton Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Any medicine for female hereditary baldness ?

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Bulent Cihantimur, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon
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Treatment for female baldness

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You must be evaluated to be certain that it indeed female inhered baldness. This often includes a exam,pull test, blood work and a biopsy.
Once a firm diagnosis is established many surgical and non surgical treatments exist.
The earlier treatment starts, the better the results.
Don't let this get you down. Treatment will usually show improvement.

Jeffrey Rapaport, MD
Englewood Dermatologic Surgeon
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Any medicine for female hereditary baldness?

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It does look like you have pattern or androgenetic alopecia. The first thing you need to do is to make sure your doctor has eliminated any abnormalities in your hormonal levels and other metabolic perameters.  There are a couple of conditions that do result in androgen excess, that are not tumors, and one that is actually relatively common in polycystic ovary syndrome (you do not need to have demonstrated ovarian cysts).  In addition, to topical minoxidil products, which non-specifically induce prolongation of the hair cycle and thickening of the hair, there are also oral, topical, and some new light sources that may be useful in the treatment of pattern alopecia. Remember minoxidil products are very dependent on being used daily and most twice daily,  and if stopped even for a short period of time the positive effects go away almost immediately. 

Kathleen J. Smith, MD
Decatur Dermatologic Surgeon


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There are indeed options for female hair loss.  Minoxidil is the only FDA approved treatment for female hair loss but a number of 'off label' treatments are possible.

Women with genetic hereditary hair loss might consider the following points:

1. Minoxidil doesn't help all women but does help some. It has to be used 5-6 months before evaluating if it works or not. Many women give up too soon.

2. For women with hereditary hair loss developing in their teens and 20s it' s important to ask your doctor if there's any chance a condition called PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) is present. It's not always of course, but important to diagnose 

3. Don't assume there is "just" female hereditary hair loss as the cause of the hair loss. There could be other issues such as low iron, dietary issues, thyroid issues. Blood work is absolutely needed for all women with hair loss. Many many women have two or more issues causing their hair loss.

4. Treating the dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis is important. Treat aggressively to get rid of redness and itch. Shampoos like ketokonazole, selenium sulphide, zinc pyrithione are important. 

5. The options for hereditary hair loss in women are minoxidil as well as off label treatments such as spironolactone, low level laser and platelet rich plasma. Hair transplantation may also be an option if there is good hair in the back of the scalp (the donor area). 

I hope this helps.

Jeff Donovan, MD, PhD
Vancouver Dermatologist

18 Year Old Female

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I don't usually like to give Minoxidil in somebody with known dandruff because that can make the situation worse.  The good news is we have a number of different medications and devices which may help you.  But you should have a qualified professional examine you for all possible related conditions.

John E. Frank, MD
New York Hair Restoration Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 57 reviews

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