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This page is a work in progress. You'll find that some of the questions have not yet been answered. These will be updated as time permits. If there is a particular question that you think should be added to the list, or if you would like to make any comments or suggestions regarding this FAQ, please let us know at

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What is Androgenetic Alopecia or AGA?
What causes Androgenetic Alopecia or AGA?
Why do some people have androgenetic hair loss while others don't?
What is DHT and what does it do?
What is 5-alpha-reductase (5aR) and what does it do?
What hormones are possibly involved in AGA?
What is the androgen receptor and what does it do?
How can I tell if the type of hair loss that I am experiencing is AGA?
What's the difference between MPB (male pattern baldness) and FPB (female pattern baldness)?
How does hair grow?
Is there some form of auto-immunity underlying hair loss?
I have seborrheic dermatitis and/or psoriasis and/or eczema. Can this cause hair loss, or make my hair loss worse?
Can my diet cause hair loss?
Can stress cause hair loss?
Can vitamins cause hair loss?
What drugs are FDA approved for treating AGA?
What is Minoxidil and how does it work?
What is the difference between 2% and 5% Minoxidil concentrations?
Should I use Rogaine, or is a generic version of Minoxidil good enough?
How should I use Minoxidil?
How does Minoxidil make your hair look after applying it to your scalp?
What are the potential side-effects of Minoxidil?
What is Propecia and how does it work?
How should I use Propecia?
Can I use Proscar instead of Propecia? If so how?
What are Finpecia and Fincar?
Are Finpecia and Fincar as effective as Propecia and Proscar?
What are the side-effects of Propecia?
What other medications or treatments can be beneficial in fighting hair loss?
What is Dutasteride (Avodart) and how does it work?
What are the side-effects of Dutasteride (Avodart)?
Can I use both Propecia and Dutasteride at the same time?
How should I style my hair to minimize the appearance of hair loss?
What is the Hairmax Lasercomb?
Is the Hairmax Lasercomb effective?
What is Revivogen?
Should I use Revivogen?

The following questions will be answered as time permits:

What is Super-Oxide Dismutase or SOD?

What treatments contain SOD?

Are SOD treatments effective in treating androgenetic alopecia?

What is a hair transplant?

Should I consider getting a hair transplant?

How do I know if I am a good candidate for a hair transplant?

Will my transplanted hair be permanent or could I possibly lose the transplanted hair?

How do I find a good hair transplant doctor?

What questions should I ask a hair transplant doctor?

What is follicular unit extraction or FUE?

What is a strip excision hair transplant?

What's better, FUE or strip excision?

What kind of results can I expect from hair transplants?

What is scalp reduction surgery?

Should I get scalp reduction surgery?

What is hair cloning?

When will hair cloning become available as an option to treat my hair loss?

Should I wait for hair cloning to become available or just go for a hair transplant now?

What is hair multiplication?

When will hair multiplication become available?

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