Doctor says range of effective hair-loss treatments on the way

By Marcus Hondro     Apr 13, 2014 in Health

 

At the recent annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in Denver there was considerable optimism expressed for those who’d like to reverse their hair-loss. There are multiple manners of treating hair-loss, Dr. Kenneth Washenik said.

Dr. Washenik spoke at the meeting and noted that while there is still work to be done, there is promise in some of the new treatments coming down the “pipeline.”   “The development of new treatments, including drugs and cell-based approaches for hair loss, is at an all-time high,” he said. “We have never had this many provocative treatments in the pipeline.”

The clinical assistant prof at NYU Langone Medical Center and medical director at Bosley Medical, said some treatments will be hybrid in nature, combining drugs, for example, with scalp rejuvenation. For others, the treatment that works best may be medication alone to stimulate hair growth. There has been advances made in many areas, Dr. Washenik and other speakers at the AAD meeting noted.

Some treatments being worked on include cell-based hair follicle regeneration, FDA approved hair treatment drugs and improving hair transplant techniques.

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