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Hair loss: Diagnosis and treatment

March 27, 2024
Piction Health

Hair loss, also known as alopecia, affects millions of people worldwide, and it can be a distressing experience. Hair loss can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, hormonal imbalances, stress, and certain medical conditions. Fortunately, there are several ways dermatologists can treat hair loss, depending on the underlying cause.

One of the most common causes of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, which is a genetic condition that affects both men and women. In this condition, the hair follicles become smaller and produce thinner hair. Dermatologists can treat androgenetic alopecia with medication or surgery, depending on the severity of the condition.

Medications such as minoxidil and finasteride are often prescribed to treat androgenetic alopecia. Minoxidil is a topical solution that is applied directly to the scalp, and it works by increasing blood flow to the hair follicles, which can stimulate hair growth. Finasteride is an oral medication that inhibits the production of the hormone DHT, which is responsible for shrinking hair follicles. These medications are effective at slowing down or stopping hair loss in many cases, but they must be taken consistently for the best results.

Another treatment option for hair loss is hair transplantation surgery. This involves taking hair from a donor area, typically the back of the head, and transplanting it to the thinning or balding areas. Hair transplantation surgery is a relatively safe and effective procedure that can restore hair growth in many cases. However, it can be expensive, and it may require multiple sessions to achieve the desired results.

In some cases, hair loss may be caused by an underlying medical condition, such as thyroid disease or anemia. In these cases, treating the underlying condition may help to improve hair growth. For example, if the hair loss is caused by a thyroid disorder, medication can be prescribed to balance the hormone levels and improve hair growth.

Stress can also be a factor in hair loss, and dermatologists can recommend stress-management techniques such as meditation, yoga, or exercise. Additionally, a healthy diet rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals can help to promote hair growth and prevent further hair loss.

Although hair loss can be an upsetting experience, modern dermatology has many tools to treat it. It’s a common condition, and you shouldn’t be embarrassed to seek care for it. Our board-certified dermatologists at Piction Health can prescribe you medication for it, treat any underlying conditions that may be causing it, and help you manage stress that could be exacerbating it. If none of these methods are sufficient to treat your hair loss, we can also provide you with a referral to see an in-person dermatologist. Our referrals help patients get care faster even when they need care that can only be provided in-person. Visit us here to start receiving care for your hair loss today.