Hair Loss and Hair Rejuvenation
Many things can cause hair loss. If hair loss concerns you, be sure to see a dermatologist at Chicago Skin Clinic. Treatment for hair loss helps many people feel better.
Hair loss, especially in women, can cause low self-esteem. Many women feel unattractive and embarrassed. We can offer solutions to help you feel and look your best.
Who experiences hair loss?
Everyone loses hair. It is normal to lose about 50-100 hairs every day. If you see bald patches or lots of thinning, you may be experiencing hair loss. Some people see their hair re-grow without doing anything. Others need treatment for their hair to re-grow. Sometimes, hair will not re-grow.
There are many causes of hair loss. Women may notice hair loss after giving birth. People under a lot of stress can see noticeable hair loss. Some diseases and medical treatments can cause hair loss.
The most common cause of hair loss is a medical condition called hereditary hair loss. About 80 million men and women in the United States have this type of hair loss. Other names for this type of hair loss are:
- Male-pattern baldness.
- Female-pattern baldness.
- Androgenetic alopecia.
How do we diagnose hair loss?
Because so many things can cause hair loss, a dermatologist acts like a detective. A dermatologist may begin by asking questions. Your dermatologist will want to know whether the hair loss occurred suddenly or gradually. Knowing this helps to eliminate causes.
Your dermatologist also will ask what medicines you take, what allergies you have, and whether you have been dieting. Like a murder mystery, the slightest clue can solve the case. Women may be asked about their periods, pregnancies, and menopause.
The dermatologist also will carefully look at your scalp and hair. During an exam, the dermatologist may pull on your hair.
Sometimes a dermatologist needs to pull out a hair to get the necessary evidence. And sometimes a dermatologist needs to look at the hair on the rest of your body to see whether there is too little or too much hair in other areas.
Sometimes the evidence lies in your scalp. The dermatologist may remove a small piece of the scalp. This is called a scalp biopsy. A dermatologist can quickly and safely perform a scalp biopsy during an office visit. A scalp biopsy can be essential to solving the case. Sometimes, a blood test is necessary.
Because so many things can cause hair loss, it can take time to find the cause. You may need to make a few appointments.
How do dermatologists treat hair loss?
Just as there are many causes, there are many treatments for hair loss. Dermatologists recommend treating hair loss early.
Early means before you lose a lot of hair. Hair loss is harder to treat when a person has a lot of hair loss.
Once your dermatologist knows what is causing the hair loss, your dermatologist can tell you what to expect. Sometimes hair loss does not need treatment. The hair will start to re-grow on its own. In some cases, changing what you do will stop the hair loss, allowing your hair to start re-growing. Sometimes treatment can restore hair.
Dr. Del Campo and Dr. Danny are experts in the science and therapy of hair loss and hair rejuvenation. Make an appointment today for your personalized treatment. If you have any questions, call us at (773) 286-8111. Dr. Del Campo and Dr. Danny can be your specialist today.