Premature hair loss can have a significant impact on your self-esteem. If you’re struggling with a hair loss condition, like alopecia, the team of Manhattan dermatologists at Park Plaza Dermatology, led by Pinkas Lebovits, MD, PC, can help. Their skilled providers use the most advanced techniques and treatments to manage your hair loss. To schedule a hair loss and PRP appointment, call Park Plaza Dermatology, or request an appointment online.
Everybody experiences hair loss at some point in their lives. In fact, the average person sheds between 50-100 hairs a day. Although hair loss is perfectly normal, it can become excessive. If you’re noticing large bald patches, thinning hair, or clumps of hair in your shower drain or on your pillow, you may have an underlying hair loss condition.
There are many medical, environmental, and lifestyle factors that affect hair growth and loss, including:
Hair dyes, bleaches, chemical straighteners, and permanent waves (perm) can make your hair brittle and fragile. If you’re noticing an increase in hair loss after one or more of these treatments, give your hair a break, so it has a chance to regrow.
Certain hairstyles also cause hair breakage. Tight ponytails and braids that pull at your scalp can lead to hair loss, especially around the sides of the scalp.
Genetics play an important role in your hair health. If your parents and grandparents experienced hair loss or premature balding at an early age, then you may also be at risk.
Both an overactive and underactive thyroid can cause hair loss, but this side effect of thyroid disease is reversible with proper treatment and early intervention.
Alopecia is an autoimmune skin disease that causes large, smooth bald patches and, in rare cases, complete baldness. The disease can develop at any age during childhood and adulthood, and it’s most often linked to genetics, medical, autoimmune, hormonal, environmental, psychological, and familial problems.
An inadequate intake of protein, iron, and overall malnutrition can cause your hair to become brittle and break.
Depending on the severity and location of your hair loss, your provider may recommend a blood test to determine the cause. Other tests include a scalp biopsy, a pull test — where your provider gently pulls several hairs to see how many fall out — and a light microscopy, which can help diagnose disorders of the hair shaft.
Some common treatments for hair loss include:
Minoxidil (Rogaine®) is an over-the-counter (OTC) liquid or foam treatment that can stimulate hair regrowth. Other oral medications, such as finasteride and dutasteride, may also promote new hair growth and thicken hair.
FDA-cleared low-level laser therapy can treat hair loss in men and women while increasing the overall hair density.
A hair transplant is the most effective hair loss treatment available. During the procedure, your doctor removes small patches of skin from your scalp, which contain tiny hairs, and implants the follicles into your bald patches.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a new, innovative therapy that has been shown to stimulate hair growth, fight the signs of aging, and relieve joint pain. During the procedure, your doctor takes blood from your arm and runs it through a centrifuge to isolate the PRP. The PRP is then injected directly into your scalp to promote hair growth.
The providers at Park Plaza Dermatology have the skills and experience necessary to diagnose and treat hair loss in patients of all ages. To make an appointment, call Park Plaza Dermatology, or book an appointment online.