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Hair Loss

Hair Loss

In the United States, approximately 20 million women and 30 million men experience hair loss annually. Several different diseases can affect the scalp and hair. Various conditions can cause hair loss in both men and women.

We at Mohave Dermatology offer the best hair loss treatments to men and women of all ages. Our expert dermatologists create tailored treatment plans that address your specific condition, so you are assured of the best and most effective treatments. Let’s take a closer look at what causes hair loss and the different treatment options available to you.

About Hair Loss

Diseases including anemia, male/female pattern baldness, alopecia areata, and scalp infections can all cause considerable loss of daily well-being. On average, a healthy scalp sheds around 25-100 hairs each day. Higher than normal hair shedding or the development of bald patches on the scalp indicates a hair loss problem, referred to as alopecia.

Causes of Hair Loss

The various causes of hair loss include:

  • Aging
  • Burns
  • Illness
  • Abnormal hair cycling
  • Family history of baldness
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Hormonal changes
  • Protein or Irion deficiency
  • Excess vitamin A intake
  • Inflammation/infection of the scalp
  • Protein or iron deficiency
  • Untreated ringworm condition of the scalp
  • Trauma

Generally, the earlier a person experiences hair loss, the more severe their baldness will become.

Different Types of Baldness

When we are treating hair loss, we take into account the person’s medical history, lifestyle, genetic factors, and overall health as well. The treatment plan that we devise is specific to each patient. This is because just as there are different reasons for hair loss, there are different types of baldness, such as:

  • Male-pattern baldness which is typically a hereditary condition.
  • Female-pattern baldness in which the hair thins all over the head, but it rarely results in complete hair loss.
  • Alopecia areata is the sudden loss of hair in one specific area. Allergies or autoimmune conditions could cause this condition.
  • Toxic alopecia or telogen effluvium hair loss might occur following a severe illness or high fever. Childbirth or medical conditions like thyroid disease may also trigger this type of baldness as can some medications.
  • Cicatricial alopecia is caused due to X-ray therapy, injury, or burns where the scarred spots might prevent hair growth. Fungal or bacterial skin infections, diseases, such as lupus, skin cancer, lichen planus, tuberculosis, or sarcoidosis can also cause this type of baldness.
  • Trichotillomania or the hair pulling habit can result in hair loss.

Hair Loss Treatment

Depending on the cause and nature of the hair loss, the treatment options could include:

  • Corticosteroid injections ( for alopecia areata treatment)
  • Medications to promote hair growth (minoxidil & finasteride)
  • Treating the underlying condition or diseases
  • Skin grafts and lifts
  • Scalp reduction
  • Hair transplants

Hair Replacement Surgery

We offer a range of hair replacement techniques. However, hair replacement surgery doesn’t work for people that suffer from total baldness. Hair replacement is beneficial only for those who have a healthy growth of hair at the sides and back of the head. These serve as hair donor spots from where flaps and grafts will be taken. We offer hair replacement methods such as:

  • Hair transplantation
  • Scalp expansion
  • Flap surgery
  • Scalp reduction

Expert Hair Loss Treatment

As mentioned at the outset, our hair loss treatments are completely customized. When you come to us with your hair loss concern, our expert dermatologists will conduct a thorough examination and ask you detailed questions. They will understand your medical history, lifestyle and also take genetic factors (if any) into account. Armed with all this information, they will create a comprehensive treatment plan that gives you the best and most effective results.

Our team of experts is here to provide all the information you need about our services. You can also schedule an appointment with us, via this online form.

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To help control oily skin, dermatologists recommend the following tips:

1.Apply sunscreen every day before you go outdoors.
Sunscreen is the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth. It really can slow down skin aging. It can also help prevent skin cancer. Look for a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection, SPF 30 (or higher), and water resistance. While it’s important to protect infants’ skin from the sun, the AAD recommends applying sunscreen ONLY to children who are 6 months and older.

2.Don’t smoke.
Smoking speeds up how quickly your skin ages. If you smoke, your wounds will also take longer to heal. And research shows that smoking worsens some skin diseases, including psoriasis and hidradenitis suppurativa.

3.Check your skin for skin cancer.
Skin self-exams can help you find skin cancer early when it’s highly treatable. If you notice a spot that differs from the others, or one that changes, itches, or bleeds, make an appointment to see a dermatologist.

4.Use a self-tanner if you like looking tanned.
Anytime you tan indoors or outside, you prematurely age your skin. You also increase your risk of getting skin cancer. A self-tanner can give you the look you want without the risks. To keep your skin healthy, you want to protect it from the sun even when using a self-tanner.

5.Use skin care products that match your skin’s needs.
What’s your skin type — oily, dry, normal, combination, or sensitive? Do you have a skin condition? Using products formulated for your skin’s needs will help your skin look and feel its best.

6.Resist the urge to scrub your skin clean.
If you’ve been sweating heavily or have a serious acne flare, it may seem natural to scrub your skin. Don’t! Scrubbing irritates your skin, which can worsen any skin condition, including acne.

7.Wash your face when waking, before bed, and after sweating.
Washing when you wake up removes the dirt and bacteria that settle on your face while sleeping. Before bed, you want to remove makeup and grime, such as smog, smoke, or dirt, which may have landed on your skin.

8.Gently wash your face.
Gentle cleansing helps skin look its best. To gently cleanse your face, wet it with lukewarm water. Then apply a mild cleanser, gently applying the cleanser in a circular motion with your fingertips. Finish by completely rinsing off the cleanser and gently patting your face dry with a clean towel.

9.Stress less.
Finding healthy ways to manage stress can help your skin, too. Some skin diseases like psoriasis and atopic dermatitis (eczema) often appear for the first time when someone feels really stressed. Stress can also cause flare-ups of many skin conditions, including acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.

10.See a dermatologist if you dislike something about your skin.
When it comes to our skin, dermatologists are the experts. These doctors diagnose and treat thousands of different skin diseases. They also have the expertise needed to help people safely rejuvenate and care for their skin. (taken from the American Academy of Dermatology)

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