Female pattern hair loss: A clinical, pathophysiologic, and therapeutic review

    Gabriella Fabbrocini, Mariateresa Cantelli, Anna Masarà, Maria Antonietta Annunziata, Claudio Marasca, Sara Cacciapuoti
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    TLDR No cure for female pattern hair loss, but various effective treatments exist.
    This document is a review of female pattern hair loss (FPHL), covering its clinical presentation, pathophysiology, and therapeutic options. FPHL is characterized by the progressive miniaturization of hair follicles, and treatment options include drugs that act on androgen activity. Topical minoxidil is discussed as an effective treatment, which stimulates hair growth by increasing the anagen phase of the hair cycle. Other treatments such as prostaglandin analog treatments, ketoconazole, melatonin, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) are also discussed. The review concludes that while there is no cure for FPHL, there are several effective treatment options available.
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