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What Is The Treatment for AGA? | Effective 5 AGA Treatment And Costs

Are you troubled with AGA or early onset of AGA and looking for treatment options? Here’s a full list of treatment for AGA you can try. We have also discussed AGA treatment costs below so you can choose the best suited AGA treatment option for yourself. 

Androgenetic Alopecia affects both men and women. In the United States alone, it is estimated that 50 million men and 30 million women are affected by AGA. Though the risk of AGA gets higher as you age, we’ve already seen several cases of AGA in teenagers and many more so in individuals in their 20s. 

In men, hair loss is visibly seen in 50% of men over the age of 50 and in women excessive hair loss is most likely to occur after menopause. 

There can be several causes of AGA some of them are hereditary, stress, poor blood circulation, bad lifestyle and diet, and wrong hair care. 

In this blog, we’ll talk about the different AGA treatment options and its methods. We’ll also talk about how much the AGA treatment is going to cost. 

Treatment For AGA And AGA Treatment Costs 

If you’re looking for effective treatment plans for AGA then here’s a list of treatment options you can try for Androgenetic Alopecia (Male Pattern Baldness / Female Pattern Baldness). Below you’ll find details of the different treatment methods for AGA and break down the cost of AGA treatment options. 

There are two main types of treatment for AGA: 

i) Medication treatment – which uses oral and/or topical medication, and 

ii) Hair Transplant – which requires injections or surgery. 

AGA treatment results: Medication Vs hair Transplant

hair regrowth by meds
hair transplant

Let’s start with the different AGA medication treatments available along with the costs: 

Medication Therapy for AGA Using Finasteride, Dutasteride, and Minoxidil 

The following three types of medications are used for medication treatment of AGA.

  • Finasteride (Propecia)
  • Dutasteride (Zagallo)
  • Minoxidil (oral and topical)

The cost of AGA treatment per month is approximately 10,000 yen to 20,000 yen. 

  • Initial and follow-up consultation fees = about $100 – $200
  • Examination fees = about $100 – $200
  • Treatment medication = $20 – $40 per month (depending on the medication) 
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But this varies from person to person depending on symptoms.

The medications given will also vary from person to person. First, let’s understand the types of medications used, the expected effects, and the market price of the cost.

Minoxidil: Usually Prescribed for Hair Growth 

Minoxidil improves thinning hair, promotes blood circulation, and activates hair matrix cells. The oral drug is expected to cause hair growth when taken so use at your own risk.

Minoxidil, which has a vasodilating effect, was originally developed as a treatment for hypertension patients. 

However, it was approved as a treatment for AGA in 1988 after a series of reports of hair growth after taking it. Since then, it has been prescribed to many patients as a therapeutic drug to promote hair growth.

Minoxidil is said to be more effective for hair growth when used in combination with finasteride or dutasteride than when administered alone. Topical medications are ointments and are applied directly to the scalp.

The side effects of minoxidil differ between oral and topical medications. Oral medications can cause headache, dizziness, swelling of the hands and feet, liver dysfunction, and heart disease. 

Topical medications may cause itching and dermatitis. If you feel any abnormalities after using them, consult your doctor.

The cost of minoxidil varies from clinic to clinic, but ranges from $141-$420 for the year.

Finasteride (Propecia): Prescribed To Prevent Hair Loss

Finasteride inhibits the action of “type II 5-alpha-reductase,” which promotes the synthesis of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the male hormone that causes AGA, and works to return the “hair cycle,” the cycle in which hair grows back, to normal.

Finasteride was approved by the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) in 1997 for the treatment of AGA, and was approved by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in Japan in 2005.

According to a survey, 90% of dermatologists said that Finasteride is the most effective treatment for AGA. 

Propecia is one of the AGA drugs with finasteride as an active ingredient, developed by Merck & Co. The cost ranges from $100 to $150 per month but varies from clinic to clinic.

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In recent years, inexpensive generic finasteride tablets have also become available. Those wishing to reduce costs can choose generic drugs. Generic Finasteride will cost you much less – about $20 to $60+ per month. 

Finasteride may also cause side effects such as decreased male function, including decreased libido and erectile dysfunction (ED), antidepressants, and liver dysfunction. Although the incidence is considered low, consult your doctor if you notice anything unusual.

Dutasteride (Zagallo): Recommended To Prevent Hair Loss

Dutasteride, like finasteride, is a treatment that prevents hair loss. The major difference is the range of effects. Finasteride is effective only against “type II 5-alpha-reductase,” whereas dutasteride is effective against both type I and type II.

The cost of Dutasteride is higher than propecia at approximately $22.89 – $56.86 per month, but it is considered more effective than propecia. 

Finasteride and dutasteride cannot be used together, so either one must be used. Consult your doctor to decide which one to use, including the cost.

Dutasteride may also cause side effects such as decreased male function, including decreased libido and erectile dysfunction (ED), and liver dysfunction. Although the incidence is considered low, consult your doctor if you notice anything unusual.

Hair Transplant For AGA

The main surgical treatment for AGA is hair transplantation. The following is an explanation of the treatment methods and costs involved.

FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) Vs FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant) Hair Transplantation 

Hair transplant is a treatment in which hair follicles (tissue surrounding hair follicles) are harvested from the back or side of the head that is not affected by AGA and transplanted to the thinning area. Since the hair is transplanted from the patient’s own hair, there is a low risk of rejection.

FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) Vs FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant) Hair Transplantation 

In the FUE method, hair follicles are harvested one at a time, whereas in the FUSS method, hair follicles are plucked out one by one after the strip of skin is cut out from the scalp. 

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FUE hair transplantation

The FUE method is relatively painless and the scar is less noticeable than the FUT method. However, the cost is higher because of the high degree of difficulty of the procedure. 

FUT hair transplant for AGA

On the other hand, the FUT method has the disadvantages of severe pain and scarring, but is less expensive than the FUE method. Nevertheless, both methods cost around $5,000 to $10,000+

AGA Treatment Costs Are Not covered By Insurance

AGA treatment is available at cosmetic dermatologists and clinics specializing in AGA. What is of concern is the cost, but AGA is generally not covered by insurance.

In this case, everything from medical examinations to therapeutic drugs are to be paid for by the patient. If the treatment is long-term, the cost may be high, so it is advisable to discuss not only the treatment plan but also the cost with the doctor in advance.

In addition, treatment that is not covered by insurance is free treatment, so the cost will vary from clinic to clinic.

Take the right thinning hair remedy for you!

AGA treatment, which is not covered by insurance, is expected to be highly effective, but the cost can be expensive. If you are concerned about the cost, it is better to continue treatment that you can afford rather than to start expensive treatment.

It is also recommended to use a hair-growth agent as a countermeasure for thinning hair. Whether it is AGA treatment or a hair-growth agent, continuous treatment and care are necessary. Consider the cost, and start taking measures to prevent thinning hair that are right for you.

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