Hair loss treatment: BTA injections are a 'safe and effective' treatment says study

The causes of hair loss are manifold but one of the most common is androgenetic alopecia. Also known as male-pattern baldness, androgenetic alopecia is a common form of hair loss that usually runs in the family. Research into effective solutions against this form of hair loss is not extensive but a recent study makes an important contribution to the literature.

What did the researchers find out?

Hair counts in both groups at all time points were significantly higher as compared with those before treatment.

After four times of treatment, hair counts in the BTA-finasteride group were higher than those in the BTA group, however.

In their concluding remarks, the researchers said BTA was a “safe and effective” therapeutic strategy for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia without adverse effects.

They also acknowledged that BTA combined with finasteride “exhibited a superior therapeutic effect than BTA alone”.

Some wigs are available on the NHS, but you may have to pay unless you qualify for financial help.

Other treatments include:

  • Steroid injections – injections given into bald patches
  • Steroid creams – cream applied to bald patches
  • Immunotherapy – chemical applied to bald patches
  • Light treatment – shining ultraviolet light on bald patches
  • Tattooing – tattoo used to look like short hair and eyebrows
  • Hair transplant – hair is removed from the back of the head and moved to thinning patches
  • Scalp reduction surgery – sections of scalp with hair are stretched and stitched together
  • Artificial hair transplant – surgery to implant artificial hairs.

Some of the above treatments may not be available on the NHS.

“If your hair loss is causing you distress, your GP may be able to help you get some counselling,” adds the NHS.


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