How Can My Dermatologist Treat Pattern Alopecia?
Hair loss as we age is nearly inevitable in both males and females. In fact, men and women typically lose up to 100 hairs per day. If you notice excessive hair loss, it may be time to contact a dermatologist to find out the underlying reason for it. The more hair loss you experience, the higher the chance of embarrassment you may have, and depression may set in. While some choose to let the hair loss run its course, it is still important to have your situation diagnosed. Dermatologists at Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute can diagnose and provide treatment for excessive hair loss. We want to help you gain your confidence back.
If you are noticing excessive hair loss you may be experiencing pattern alopecia. It affects both men and women but can have a harsher affect on women, since hair loss is typically expected in men. Alopecia symptoms in men usually begin above the temples and a receding hairline will be apparent. Eventually whatever hair that is left thins out and leads to baldness. Hair loss in women will begin with thinning of the hair. The next stage is a widening of the mid-line part due to hair loss. The most intense stage is when you can see the top of the scalp due to so much hair loss. Unlike men, women rarely become bald from alopecia.
Pattern Alopecia Causes and Treatment
Pattern alopecia causes include genetics, age and menopause. Each plays a different role in when and if you may experience alopecia. Genetics is the most common cause of alopecia, with menopause being the next most common. Hormonal changes or medical changes can trigger hair loss. Additionally, our age, certain medications or shock/stressful events can increase hair loss. Once you have been diagnosed with pattern alopecia, it is crucial to find a treatment that works for you sooner rather than later.
Minoxidil, also known as Rogaine, is the most popular pattern alopecia treatment and one you have probably heard of on the radio or in a television commercial. When applied directly to the scalp of either men or women, it stimulates hair growth. The key to using Rogaine, though, is having patience. It is not an overnight fix. It often takes up to two months to begin seeing results and four months to have noticeable results. Once no longer used, hair loss will begin again. Most patients continue using Rogaine as part of their daily routine to continue having the results they want to achieve. Additionally, anti-androgens or iron supplements have been known to help the hair growth process. Another option is to have a hair transplant. A narrow strip of scalp is removed and divided into tiny grafts that each contain a few hairs. Each graft is planted on the areas that have hair loss and eventually new hair will begin to grow.
We encourage you to meet with a dermatologist from Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute to find out which treatment is best for your situation. If you are in the Bloomington, Illinois or surrounding area, complete this form so we can help diagnose and treat your pattern alopecia.