Although hair loss is predominantly a male issue, more and more women are finding it to be problematic. It happens as we age, can be due to heredity, or you might be surprised to learn about several other causes. If it’s of concern to you, let’s look at when to see a dermatologist for hair loss.
Normal Hair Loss
It happens everyday. We lose about 100 hairs per day as part of normal growth and shedding. But if a person develops a condition known as alopecia, hair becomes thinner and finer and it begins to shed abnormally.
Men find that their hairline recedes in the front and they can develop patches or missing hair on top of their head.
Women may notice that their normal part has gotten wider. Usually their front hairline remains the same, but everyone is different, and this situation can also affect some women.
Causes Of Alopecia
The most common form of alopecia or hair loss is due to heredity. Male pattern baldness occurs as men age, although it can begin in the teen years. Those with close male relatives who are bald are at higher risk and especially when relatives are on the maternal side of the family.
In women, hormones are the “usual suspects.” Temporary or permanent hair loss can occur in women with menopause and pregnancy.
Your thyroid can also play a part in hair loss for both men and women as well as certain infections.
Whatever the cause of hair loss, many adults find it distressing, and it can affect their self esteem. Women are especially vulnerable to this, but men can become conscious of it and connect losing their hair with losing their masculinity.
Treatments For Hair Loss
You will find OTC treatments for hair loss, but the most professional way is to see a dermatologist. After a careful examination, Goodless Dermatology can recommend a treatment plan for you which may involve a combination of treatment options. These may include:
- At home treatments you can buy without a prescription
- Laser therapy
- Corticosteroid injections
- Hair transplants
- Platelet rich plasma treatments or PRP
- Prescription medication
- Vitamin supplements
- Wigs and concealers
There are countless ways to treat hair loss, but trust a dermatologist to guide you through the best choices for you.