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Hair Loss: No Reason for Therapeutic Nihilism

Presented By
Dr Glynis Ablon, Dr Melissa Piliang, Prof. Antonella Tosti, Dr Jeff Donovan
Conference
AAD 2019

Today, many therapeutic options are available for hair loss. With regard to therapy, combinations seem to work best. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has shown to be efficacious in a number of patients with almost no downtime.

“My first approach to the hair loss patient is to determine the type or the aetiology of hair loss,” recommended Dr Glynis Ablon (Ablon Skin Institute, USA) [1]. A medical history is of key importance as the intake of several medications can cause or enhance hair loss. In particular, antidepressants, blood pressure medications, anticoagulants, and gout medications often lead to hair loss, which is typically seen after a lag time of 2-3 months. Before treatment is started, causes of hair loss have to be identified.

Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is the most common type of hair loss, affecting 50% of males over the age of 40 and 75% of females over 65 [2]. It is often accompanied by diffuse telogen effluvium [1]. “Especially for women, h...



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