Dermatology located in Orem, UT
Hair loss is hard to hide and even harder to ignore. At the Dermatology Center in Orem, Utah, dermatologists Kraig Jenson, MD, and Devin Burr, DO, can help find a treatment for your hair loss so you can avoid hats, wigs, and hairpieces. Many of these treatments can let you grow your natural hair, so it looks and feels like it did before your hair loss. To find out if you’re a good candidate for hair loss treatments, call the Dermatology Center, or click the online booking tool today.
Hair Loss Q&A
What is hair loss?
Hair loss is an issue that can affect anyone, regardless of gender. In many cases, it’s because of genetics. However, this isn’t always the case. If you’re going bald or if your hair is thinning, it can affect your confidence severely.
What causes hair loss?
There are lots of potential reasons why you might be losing your hair. Your genetics, hair care behaviors, hormones, medications you take, and general health are all possible contributing factors. A few of the most common causes of hair loss are:
- Androgenic alopecia (hereditary hair loss)
- Alopecia areata (an immune disease)
- Cancer treatment
- Major stress on the body (e.g., childbirth, illness)
- Hormone imbalances
- Scalp infections
- Thyroid disease
- Hair treatments like perms or coloring
- Hair pulling
With some of these causes, natural hair regrowth is possible without any dermatological intervention. Your dermatologist explores the possible causes with you and can help you find a solution if treatment is possible.
How is hair loss diagnosed?
When you come in for hair loss treatment at the Dermatology Center, your dermatologist helps you figure out the cause of your hair loss if you’re not sure why it’s happening. In order to do this, they ask you a series of questions and look over your medical history. The questions they ask may include:
- Was your hair loss sudden or gradual?
- Do you have any known allergies?
- Have you changed your diet recently?
- Which medications do you take?
After questioning you, your dermatologist examines your scalp. They might also order a scalp biopsy or a blood test.
How is hair loss treated?
If you have hair loss, getting a wig or hairpiece probably isn’t your first choice to manage it. In many cases, hair loss treatment can let you grow your natural hair.
Sometimes, hair loss treatment requires a change in medication or treatment for the underlying condition causing the hair loss. In other cases, treatment counteracts the hair loss itself. Topical products like minoxidil or finasteride promote hair growth, and injections like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) stimulate the follicles.
If medications or injections can’t treat your hair loss effectively, your dermatologist might recommend a hair transplant. To be a candidate for a hair transplant, you need to have some healthy follicles that are still growing hair. Your dermatologist surgically harvests them from the back of your scalp and implants them in the balding area.
If you’re experiencing hair loss and want to find a treatment that lets you grow your hair naturally again, book an appointment over the phone or online at the Dermatology Center today.