What is Alopecia?
Alopecia, or hair loss, in most cases does not pose a health concern. The loss of hair on the head does put the scalp at a greater risk of skin cancer, but this is often not the reason why many people seek treatment for their alopecia. The treatment for hair loss depends on the type of hair loss present.
Dermatologists are the most well trained physicians to deal with problems of hair growth, including hair loss. At Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Lubitz will examine you personally and your diagnosis, along with appropriate treatment options, will be discussed with you. Dr. Lubitz has a special interest in treating hair loss problems.
Types of Alopecia
Androgenic Alopecia is the cause of the so–called traditional male balding, but unknown to many people is that it can affect both men and women. What is also surprising is that a lot of people are not aware that this condition can be effectively treated. The key to treating androgenic alopecia is early diagnosis.
While we still do not fully understand this type of alopecia, it is understood to be an autoimmune problem which occurs when the immune system attacks the hair follicles (structures that contain the roots of the hair), causing hair loss.
Hair loss may occur on the head, or anywhere on the body. In the majority of cases, this type of hair loss affects only a small area of the body and is not permanent. In some case, it can affect the entire body and may be permanent.
At Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, we provide a variety of medical treatment options for the different types of alopecia. Some treatments include oral medications and topical prescriptions such as Minoxidil and Finasteride. Topical, intralesional and intramuscular steroids to name a few (there are many more), are other treatment options.
Non-medical treatments are often available depending on the cause of the hair loss. These can include general hair education, behaviour modifications, diet changes, vitamins, and the addition or change of cosmeceuticals / skin care products.
Widespread hair loss can be improved with hair transplantation surgery.
The key to effective treatment for any type of alopecia is having the correct diagnosis early. If you have alopecia, or think you are losing your hair, call Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery to schedule a hair loss assessment. Patients need a physician referral to treat hair loss.