When you notice thinning or balding, you have several options. You can ignore it, hide it, or try to resolve it. If you decide to address the problem, the first step will be a hair loss consultation. Explore this process to learn what is involved.
Before treatments can begin, a physician must perform an examination to determine the cause of the thinning or baldness. Hair loss can present itself in different ways, and it can occur from numerous causes. A dermatologist will ask the patient questions about the nature of the thinning, whether it happened gradually over time or suddenly without warning. The doctor will also ask about medications, allergies, and any recent dietary changes. Women will need to provide information about pregnancy, monthly cycles, and possible menopause. To ensure a proper diagnosis, provide complete and accurate information to the physician. The dermatologist will examine the scalp carefully. The examination may include pulling out a few strands of hair to collect evidence.
After determining the cause of the thinning or balding, the physician can explore treatment options to address the issues. For optimal success, it's best to pursue treatment as early as possible and before significant thinn occurring. It is more difficult to treat loss that has already occurred than it is to prevent future loss. Here are some of the most popular forms of treatment:
* Medication – Nonprescription and prescription medications are available to treat thinning. Some medications are creams that you apply directly to the scalp, which can stimulate new growth. Other medications are in pill form, which can be effective for slowing loss and stimulating new growth. Other options include injecting corticosteroids into the scalp, which may help reduce inflammation.
* Lasers – Some hand-held devices deliver laser lights to encourage new growth. With a special brush or a comb, you can move laser lights through your hair to deliver stimulation. The US Food and Drug Administration has not tested laser devices to determine effectiveness and safety.
* Transplants – A doctor may move skin around on the scalp to place any skin with good hair growth into the other areas that need more growth.
* Scalp Reduction – This surgery involves removing bald areas of the scalp to pull the areas with hair closer together. A doctor might perform a transplant and scalp reduction together.
* Expansion – With the insertion of a device under the skin, it's possible to expand the skin and make it easier to stretch. This procedure can be performed with reduction treatments or by itself as a way of minimizing baldness.
A hair loss consultation can give you information about potential outcomes of treatments. Sometimes regrowth will occur naturally with little intervention. Other times regrowth will begin if you change something about your lifestyle. You may need to receive treatment or a procedure to resolve balding.
After gathering information from the hair loss consultation, you can become ready to move forward with a treatment option that fits your needs.