HAIR LOSS

You don't have to accept hair loss

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For many, hair loss can be helped with the correct diagnosis

Hair loss can be an embarrassing issue for both men and women. Whether your hair is gradually thinning on the top of your head or falling out in patches, you're likely looking for ways to cover it up. However, you might not have to.

At ClearSkin Dermatology, Dr. Jain will diagnose the type of hair loss, discuss the root cause and recommend treatment options .

What causes hair loss?

Many instances of alopecia - the medical term for hair loss - are linked to genetics with hereditary alopecia affecting an estimated 80 million men and women.  Hair loss can also occur due to changes in in hormones, particularly during pregnancy and menopause, and because of thyroid issues. Stress, both emotional and physical, may play a factor in hair loss as well.

Medical conditions and medications have also been linked to certain types of hair loss. Infections, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, medication for conditions like depression, heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer, as well as cancer treatments like radiation can potentially cause hair loss.

How is hair loss diagnosed?

A dermatologist can assess hair loss and pinpoint a specific diagnosis. During your appointment Dr. Jain will ask questions about your hair loss and overall health. She will ask how long you've noticed hair loss, whether you're taking any medications, and if you have a family history of hair loss or baldness. A physical exam will be conducted so she can assess your scalp and/or body for hair loss. Additional tests on your hair and skin may be performed as needed.

What treatments are available?

Once the reason for your hair loss has been diagnosed, Dr. Jain will determine what treatments may be effective.  The treatment options may either help hair regrow more quickly or slow future hair loss. Age-related or genetic hair loss may not be reversible, but treatments may slow down the progression.  

Patients who have a medical condition causing hair loss, like thyroid issues or infection, will need to have that condition treated before addressing hair loss.  Based on the diagnosis, the dermatologist may prescribe mediations or in-office procedures like corticosteroid injections, laser therapy, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.  

Patient pictures below are from PRP therapy.

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