Hair Loss Treatment Clark, Kearny, West New York Teaneck & Staten Island.
Having a head of healthy hair can do a lot to boost a person's self confidence and self esteem, and those initial signs of alopecia can be especially upsetting. Fortunately, there are many hair loss treatments today that can help just about anyone have a good head of hair.
Millions of men and women experience hair loss, and the cause can vary. Sudden hair loss is often the result of hormonal shifts such as those that occur during pregnancy, illness or stress. Additionally, diet and even some medications or medical treatments may be culprits. Some hairstyles and hair care practices may cause hair to weaken and fall out. In most cases, hair will begin to re-grow once these underlying issues are addressed.
When hair loss occurs gradually over time, the reasons are usually due to aging or hereditary hair loss. Hereditary hair loss, or androgenetic alopecia, can refer to thinning or balding, and it's the most common cause of hair loss in the U.S. About 80 million men and women in the U.S. have hereditary hair loss. Hair loss can be more difficult to treat once a lot of hair has been lost, so dermatologists recommend early treatment in order to achieve the best results.
Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of hair loss are fairly obvious. There may be noticeable thinning, or lessening of the amount of hair, or there may be areas of balding. Balding and thinning can occur all over the head or just in patches. Some people may also lose hair in other areas, such as their eyelashes.
Diagnosis and Treatment
A diagnosis begins with a careful evaluation of the patient's lifestyle and medical history to determine the underlying causes. In addition to asking about medications, diet, illness, allergies, hair care practices and other issues, the doctor will ask about familial hair loss to determine if there is a hereditary component. They will also ask if the loss has been sudden or gradual.
An exam also includes a careful evaluation of your scalp and your hair. A sample of hair may be taken for evaluation and the doctor may evaluate hair on other parts of your body to help determine the cause. In other cases, a tiny piece of the skin on the scalp may be removed for evaluation or a blood test may be ordered.
Once the cause is identified, the doctor will be able to determine the best course of treatment. Depending upon the cause of the hair loss, the doctor may prescribe non-prescription or prescription medication like minoxidil, finasteride or corticosteroids, special hair care tools or appliances, or surgical procedures such as scalp reduction, scalp expansion or hair or scalp flap transplantation.
Outcomes and Follow-up
Depending upon the cause of your hair loss, you may not need follow-up treatment or you may need to continue to see your doctor to adjust medications or make other changes in your treatment plan. Our dermatologist will work with you to discuss the best course of treatment for you. Contact Metropolitan Dermatology in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck, Montclair & Lyndhurst.