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Hair Loss

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Hair loss is a common experience, which makes hair loss treatment a common procedure. Everyone loses hair, but clinically, hair loss involves losing more than 100 hairs a day in thinning or bald patches. The most common type of hair loss – hereditary male- and female-pattern baldness – affects 80 million Americans. The condition often reverses on its own, especially when caused by physical stress, such as poor nutrition, or a diet with too much vitamin A and not enough protein. However, it sometimes takes a hair loss treatment to reverse the damage. That’s where we can help.

If you are concerned or self-conscious about hair loss, schedule a visit. When addressed early, most hair loss can be treated or stopped. Even if you like the way your hair loss looks, it may be important to determine the source of the change. Hair loss is often an early indicator of the disease, and only a doctor can diagnose its exact cause.

Hair Loss Causes

Hair loss can have several causes, which means hair loss treatment must address a range of possibilities. People in otherwise good health can suffer from autoimmune disease-caused hair loss, scarring hair loss, and ringworm, a highly contagious fungal infection that can cause balding. Additionally, dietary changes, weight loss of more than 15 pounds, hormonal changes, and great emotional stress, can cause hair loss.

Hair Loss Treatment Options

When you visit a doctor for hair loss treatment, they will conduct a careful examination of the scalp, as well as hair on other parts of the body. Accompanying questions about physical health, lifestyle, and life events will help diagnose the cause. A biopsy of the hair’s roots and a blood test might also be done to rule out serious medical conditions. Because there are so many causes for hair loss, a diagnosis may require more than one visit. Once you receive a diagnosis, there are several hair loss treatment options, but we’ve described some of the most common below.

  • Medications – Hair loss can be treated with medication, such as Minoxidil (Rogaine), an over-the-counter medication that requires at least six months of treatment. There’s also finasteride (Propecia) that is also a common hair loss treatment. The prescription drug is approved for men, and it is taken daily as a pill.
  • Laser Therapy – The Food and Drug Administration has approved low-level laser devices for hair loss treatment, especially when that loss is hereditary. However, more research is needed to better understand the long-term effects of this procedure.
  • Hair Transplants – Hair transplant surgery involves a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon removing a small patch of skin with several hairs and reattaching it to the balding section of the head, follicle by follicle. More than one procedure may be required to achieve the desired result.

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