We begin by asking questions. We will want to know whether the hair loss happened suddenly or gradually. Knowing this helps to eliminate causes.
We will also will ask what medicines you take, what allergies you have, and whether you have been dieting. Like a mystery, the slightest clue can solve the case. Women may be asked about their periods, pregnancies, and menopause.
We will also will carefully look at your scalp and hair. During an exam, the dermatologist may pull on your hair. Sometimes we'll need to pull out a hair to get the necessary evidence. And sometimes a we will 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.
Just as there are many causes, there are many treatments for hair loss. We 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.
One or more of the following treatments may be part of your treatment plan.
Treatment available without a prescription
The type of procedure that a dermatologist recommends will depend on how much hair you have lost. To achieve the best results, a dermatologist may use one or more of the following procedures:
Once we know what is causing the hair loss, we 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.
Our mission at Skin Care Physicians of Georgia is to provide expert individualized service to each and every patient with skill and compassion. Our board certified physicians and professional staff are highly trained and strive to deliver ethical comprehensive care to all patients and to care for them "just as they would want their family treated."
From treatment of skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea to removal of warts, moles and other lesions, our office provides a full range of medical dermatological services so you can enjoy the healthy skin you deserve.