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Hair Doctor: Getting Help for Hair Loss
Are you experiencing thinning hair? If so, a hair loss may be able to help you regrow your lost hair so you can regain the confidence that you may have lost. In this guide, we discuss the various causes and treatment options for hair loss. We also review the signs and symptoms of hair loss and when to consider treatment.
How a hair doctor can diagnose and treat hair loss
A hair doctor can assess a patient’s signs and symptoms, hereditary information, medical history, and other factors to determine the cause of hair loss. A blood test and scalp biopsy are also sometimes necessary. The doctor can then recommend a personalized treatment option to help the patient regain the hair that they have lost. Here is an in-depth guide to the diagnosis and treatment of hair loss from a hair doctor.
What causes hair loss?
Hair loss, or alopecia, can be caused by various conditions or be the result of aging. Hereditary hair loss is the most common form of age-related hair loss, particularly female pattern baldness and male pattern baldness. Over half of all men over the age of 50 experience male pattern baldness. This could be in the form of a receding hairline or hair thinning on the top of the scalp. Women experience a receding hairline less often than men but are still vulnerable to hair thinning as they age.
Certain medical conditions can also cause hair loss, such as thyroid gland disease and autoimmune diseases. Vitamin or iron deficiency could contribute to accelerated hair loss too. In other cases, scalp infections may cause the loss (or thinning) of hair. There are many additional causes, from hormonal changes to the overuse of hair products. The best way to determine the reason is to visit a hair doctor.
What are the early signs of hair loss?
In many cases, there are not many warning signs before hair loss occurs. Sometimes, the patient may experience an itchy scalp and notice more hair falling out in the shower in the earliest stages. However, most individuals notice that they are experiencing hair loss by observing their scalp (or someone else may notice it for them). The earlier hair loss can be diagnosed, the more effective treatment is likely to be.
How can a hair doctor diagnose the cause of hair loss?
During a consultation to discuss hair loss, the hair doctor can diagnose the cause and recommend a treatment. The doctor will examine the patient’s head to determine the extent and location of hair loss. They will also review their medical history, hereditary information, and active medications to rule out possible causes and provide a safe and effective treatment recommendation.
What are the treatment options for hair loss from a hair doctor?
There are many treatments for hair loss, though they vary depending on whether the patient is male or female. General options for hair loss include medication, laser treatment, and a hair transplant procedure. Here is more information about each treatment:
- Medication: Finasteride is the primary approved prescription drug for men to treat hair loss. For women, Minoxidil is the approved drug to help regrow lost hair. It can take up to 6 months to see results from this type off treatment. Medication is not for everyone, and it may not work as well for severe cases or patients over the age of 60.
- Laser treatment: The FDA has approved a laser therapy treatment for patients who have experienced hereditary hair loss. This is a less-proven form of treatment, but it has helped some patients regrow their lost hair.
- Hair transplant: This process involves removing hair follicles from an area where there are more than enough and transplanting them where baldness or hair thinning has occurred. There are two types of hair transplant procedures, FUE and FUT.
During a consultation, a hair doctor and the patient can discuss all treatment options and create a plan that will work best.
Contact our hair doctor to schedule a consultation visit
We take pride in helping our clients regain their lost hair. We provide a range of treatment solutions and personalize every treatment plan according to what works best for the individual patient. If you are experiencing any signs and symptoms of hair loss, please contact us today. You will be able to schedule an appointment with our hair doctor in order to receive a diagnosis and treatment recommendation. We are here to help!
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