Hair Loss In Toms River, NJ
Hair loss is incredibly common, affecting as many as 1 in 5 Americans. While men are the ones that predominantly deal with hair loss, many women also come into our practice looking for ways to treat hair loss and thinning hair. Yes, you can turn to our dermatologist for hair loss treatment. We have helped many of our patients get a fuller, more confident head of hair.
What causes hair loss?
While most of us will lose anywhere from 50 to 100 hairs a day there are certain factors that can cause us to lose a lot more hair. These causes include,
- Hormonal changes (e.g. menopause)
- Thyroid problems
- Alopecia areata (and autoimmune disorder)
- Poor nutrition
- Stress or trauma
- Complications from dyeing and other hair treatments
When should I see a dermatologist about hair loss?
If you notice thinning hair or bald patches and you feel self-conscious or upset about these changes, it’s important to see a dermatologist as soon as possible for treatment. The sooner we can treat your hair loss the better. Even temporary causes of hair loss can be unnerving and it’s important to have a qualified doctor who can determine what’s causing your hair loss and to find ways to treat it.
How will a dermatologist treat hair loss?
In order for our team to determine the most effective hair loss solution for you we will need to first determine the cause of your hair loss. In most cases, hair loss is treatable. We will need to examine the scalp closely and ask you questions about your symptoms in order to determine if your hair loss is the result of a health problem, vitamin deficiencies, hormonal imbalance or an infection. A scalp biopsy can help us rule out certain conditions.
The treatment options we recommend will depend on the cause and the severity of your hair loss. Common treatment options include,
- At-home products such as Rogaine®
- Prescription oral medication (e.g. Finasteride)
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) with microneedling
- Steroid injections
- Hair transplant
- Low-level laser therapy
How quickly will I see results?
This will depend on the type of treatment you receive for your hair loss. At-home products can take up to six months before you see new hair growth. Oral medications such as Finasteride may show results in as little as four months with everyday use.
PRP therapy and micro-needling may show results in as little as two months with a marked improvement within 3-4 months. After a hair transplant, most patients saw significant hair regrowth within 6-9 months.