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What is Androgenic Alopecia?
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What is Androgenic Alopecia?

what is androgenic alopecia?

Alopecia is a Latin term meaning “hair loss”, however there are four main types of alopecia: Androgenic Alopecia (AGA), Alopecia Areata (AA), Alopecia Totalis (AT), and Alopecia Universalis (AU). This month HPIHair will dive into the differences between these four types of alopecia.

The first on our list to discuss is Androgenic Alopecia, abbreviated AGA. So, what is AGA?

Andro – hormone androgen, which aids in hair growth

Genic – “genetic” meaning genes

Androgenic alopecia can affect both men and women. It is a genetic form of alopecia, also know as male pattern or female pattern baldness.


Men can begin noticing signs of AGA in their early 20s. For most males AGA presents itself as a receding hairline and/or gradual thinning of the top of the head and crown areas.


Women may notice signs of AGA as early as a postpubescent age. Women and girls who develop this condition notice significant hair thinning over their entire scalp (diffused), with the majority of loss occurring in the temporal areas and the top of the head.

Options for Treatment:

Every medical condition affects each person in different ways. Hair loss is no different and may be the only symptom or one of many. If you are experiencing hair loss, genetics may indeed play a role. However, genetics are not typically the singular factor contributing to hair loss. Often there are multiple variables playing a role in hair loss and understanding the cause can be the difference between losing more hair or stopping the loss. At HPIHair every client is helped individually with a comprehensive set of options designed to fit his or her individual needs.

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