For many people there is nothing as devastating as the realization that they are losing their hair. Hair loss can be caused by many different factors, which makes its treatment so much harder. People may lose their hair due to genetic factors, hormonal as in male pattern baldness, medical conditions, and the use of certain drugs or due to medical treatments such as chemotherapy. Hair loss is generally associated with males but the truth is many women also suffer from this problem. While the causes of hair loss can vary by gender so too can the cures. Luckily, our Dana Point hair doctor at Advanced Dermatology of San Clemente has many targeted treatment options.
The first step in helping patients losing their hair is to diagnose the type and cause of the loss. Our Dana Point hair doctor used several methods to determine just what is causing the hair loss including looking at the loss location and pattern, determining if any underlying medical conditions or drug use are present, as well as examining the hair and scalp in the laboratory. Once the type and cause of the loss has been determined treatment protocols can be developed. Some hair loss is treatable with high success rates while other hair loss is permanent. Medications are often used to treat hair loss; minoxidil (rogaine) is a common over-the-counter treatment used by both men and women that has been shown to be effective in preventing loss and in some cases regrowing hair, especially in the area on the crown of the head. For men our doctor can prescribe finasteride (propecia) to stop hair loss and possibly start the regrowth of hair.
Surgery is another option for treating hair loss. During transplant surgery the surgeon will harvest hair plugs from the back and sides of the patient’s head and transplant them into the area of hair loss. Call our office for an evaluation of your hair by our doctor.