Hair Loss Treatment

Hair loss is a common medical condition especially on the head (baldness) in men. Hair loss generally occurs as hair thinning and progresses to complete hair loss on major areas of the body such as legs, arms, back, and scalp. Although most people assume only men lose their hair, front scalp hair loss affects 58% of women and 75% of men. The common term for frontal baldness is “receding hairline” and typically advances to the mid to rear of the head in male pattern baldness.

Causes for Hair Loss

Hair loss may occur because of various situations or medical factors. The term “traction alopecia” refers to hair loss induced by a person who pulls frequently on the hair. The same mechanical loss of hair can be induced by extreme force from a hair style such as corn rows or pony tails. Generally hair styles do not induce the loss of hair by themselves but if coupled with weak roots can contribute to mild baldness. Medical treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation, which severely weakens the body, is usually responsible for rapid and severe hair loss and may result in complete baldness. The hair often returns after the treatment stops. Individuals with hyperthyroidism also complain of patchy hair loss on the head, arms and legs. Malnutrition, specifically lack of protein in the diet, often leads to thinning hair. Hair requires extensive protein use so without proper nutrition, the body cannot manufacture hair. Overweight patients with poor leg circulation also notice hair loss near the ankles. Lastly, fungus infections of the hair follicle, called folliculitis, and ringworm infection of the scalp cause production of brittle hair that falls out easily.

Hair Loss Diagnosis

Although the hair loss is usually obvious, the underlying cause may take time to determine. Doctors will ask about social history to determine any life changes or new diets that can be contributing to the hair loss. Often the reason for hair loss is simply older age.

Hair Loss Prevention

If genetic, an individual cannot prevent against hair loss. Male pattern baldness, originally believed to be passed down from the mother’s grandfather, actually is contributed to by both parents. Maintaining a protein rich diet and general health can reduce the occurrence of hair loss with old age. Some studies show that exercise may also increases the rate of hair growth.

Hair Loss Treatment

Forms of hair loss related to diet or medical treatment usually reverse when the circumstances stop. Patients undergoing cancer treatment should ask their doctor if the medications will contribute to hair loss. Other problems such as fungal infections require anti-fungal drugs to kill the organism. Normal hair growth usually returns once the treatment is finished. A few new drugs for men that promote hair growth and reduce loss are, finasteride, propeica, and minoxidil. Women have their own set of hair treatment drugs which are, finasteride, aldactone, and tagamet. Both men and women may opt for surgical hair restoration which transplants another person’s hair or an individual’s own hair to the bald area. Non-surgical hair replacement, such as wigs, are also extremely common and may be the most affordable alternative.

Hair Loss Support Group and Resources


American Hair Loss Association
23679 Calabasas Road # 682
Calabasas, CA 91301-1502

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Would you recommend us?
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Compare our service to other similar practices
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Overall doctor performance
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The doctor listened to you attentively
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The doctor took time to answer your questions
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The doctor explained treatment options
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Front desk performance
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Aesthetician performance
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Office comfort
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Parking
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Friendliness of the staff during appointment
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What did we do Well?

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#1
2014-09-17
You people are superb. The doctor and the assistant understand what they are doing. The doctor really talks like a professional - she knows it for sure.
#2
2013-12-29
Doctor's thoroughness and bedside manner (and great blue eyes).
#3
2014-09-07
I really liked all aspects of my visist. I feel as though I have finally found a dermatologist. She and her staff were willingly to listen and give me their professional opinion and hopefully find a treament that will work longterm.
#4
2011-05-20 16:26:57
Took the time to diagnose the issue and once diagnosed, layed out my options and throughly explained everything.
#5
2011-12-22 16:04:37
very comfortable, but classy environment. Gave the feeling that the practice was upscale and therefore service would be quality
#6
2014-04-10
Mainly speaking with the Dr and being explained everything.
#7
2013-12-20
The MD had a conprehensive plan for the dermatological care of my son
#8
2010-11-22 10:46:33
The doctor was very explainative and very friendly and precise.
#9
2010-12-13 11:51:50
I LOVE the art work!
#10
2014-10-15
I especially liked the friendliness of the staff and doctor. Also, this office is beautiful. I've never seen a doctor's office that compares with this one.

What can we do better?

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#1
2014-09-19
Being able to get an appointment at the time of the outbreak.
#2
2014-10-17
Don't change anything
#3
2014-09-06
It was a perfect experioence, I wouldn't change a thing!
#4
2014-03-04
No recommendations - very satisfied/pleased with everything about the visit and the office and the Doctor and her assistants. thank you to everybody for makinng me feel so comfortable (i was verrrrrry nerous)!!
#5
2013-11-23
receptioist is a little stiff and unwelcoming, but attentive proffessional.
#6
2013-10-25
I thought everyone was fantastic and very helpful-no suggestions had a great experience
#7
2010-10-21 14:58:02
I am very satisfied with my experience at Ringpfeil Dermatology. I travel to get here and it is worth the drive!
#8
2011-08-10 18:44:27
My only complaint is that I work and live (1 mile from) Center City, PA and I wish the office (Dr. Ringpfield) had weekend or later hours. Dr. Heckman was great but she cannot assist me with my cosmetic issues. Overall - like the office and professionalism.
#9
2011-09-07 11:57:29
your office was just as described to me, most impressive!
#10
2014-07-03
Keep doing what you're doing.