Guidelines of care for androgenetic alopecia

    Lynn A. Drake, Scott M. Dinehart, Evan R. Farmer, Robert W. Goltz, Gloria F. Graham, Maria K. Hordinsky, Charles E. Lewis, David M. Pariser, Stephen D. Webster, Duane C. Whitaker, Barbara A. Butler, Barbara J. Lowery, Vera H. Price, Howard P. Baden, Richard L. DeVillez, Elise A. Olsen, Jerome L. Shupack
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    TLDR Treat genetic hair loss early with FDA-approved medications and consider hair transplantation.
    The American Academy of Dermatology has developed guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of androgenetic alopecia, a common form of hair loss caused by genetics. The guidelines recommend early diagnosis and treatment with FDA-approved medications such as minoxidil and finasteride. The document provides recommendations for diagnosing and treating male and female pattern hair loss, including physical examination, medical history, and laboratory tests. Treatment options include minoxidil, finasteride, and hair transplantation. The guidelines also address the use of hair transplantation and cosmetic camouflage. Patients should be counseled on realistic expectations and potential side effects.
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