Androgenetic alopecia (gradual loss of hair due to the influence of male hormones - androgens, DHT) is the most common to explain hair loss in men, less common in women.
A first reason is the effectiveness of these drugs (Finasteride, Minoxidil), which really make it possible to slow the process of hair loss, even to stop it, and in certain cases to obtain a regrowth of the follicular units affected by alopecia. .
This is particularly the case for thinning hair, which can perfectly regain a good density simply with a drug treatment.
They are more effective in young patients (20 to 30 years) and for relatively moderate hair loss, and they are of no interest for patients who have very advanced stable baldness.
The other reason is that they make it possible to prepare for the success of a later transplant, because the implanted grafts grow much more surely, so the success rate of the transplant can approach 100%.
The best known surgeons generally only accept patients who are undergoing medical treatment for a year or 6 months before the transplant. Otherwise, they may consider that they are not good candidates for a hair transplant.
The main disadvantage of the androgen-inhibiting drug is that stopping treatment causes the effects to stop. So you really have to take it continuously.
If Finasteride fails to slow down hair loss, you can try Dutasteride.
The potential side effects of Finasteride are well known (loss of libido, reduced sexual function in men, in 1 to 10% of cases).
This is why a number of patients are looking for alternatives to Finasteride tablets:
In all cases, it is recommended to consult a doctor before opting for a drug treatment.