NDDA October 2022 Blog Hair Loss

How to Prevent or Reverse Hair Loss

If you’re struggling with hair loss, there are many possible causes ranging from genes and diet to chronic health issues to even life stress. Helping you get the right diagnosis is the first step in getting your hair back. Board-certified dermatologist Juliet Gibson, MD, talks about hair loss, what can cause it, and how to reverse or stop it altogether.

How do our dermatologists find out what’s causing your hair loss?
Dermatologists are experts in diagnosing and treating hair loss. While it is normal to lose 50-150 hairs daily, if you’re seeing a pattern of excessive hair loss or you’re concerned about your hair thinning, it is time to book an appointment with a dermatologist.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach.
During your appointment, one of our board-certified dermatologists will obtain a detailed medical history. She may also take a skin biopsy, in which a small section of your scalp is sampled to examine under the microscope, and order labs to assess hormones and nutrition levels.

Our dermatologists create a customized treatment plan based on your visit.
To fight hair loss, our dermatologists can suggest lifestyle changes; start you on prescription medications (e.g., Minoxidil, Finasteride-Propecia, Spironolactone); and perform in-office treatments such as Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections.

Oral medications may be prescribed.
In addition, our dermatologists prescribe new oral medications that have shown great promise in treating autoimmune hair loss. At NDDA, our dermatologists also offer a range of nutritional supplements that support hair growth, including Nutrafol, a clinically proven hair-growth vitamin supplement, and Viviscal, a clinically-researched dietary vitamin supplement, also made for hair growth.

What should I expect with treatment?
Treatments are getting better and better, and you have a lot of good options. Treatments take time, though, so patience is key. You are not alone, and the dermatologists at NDDA will support you in restoring your beautiful hair.

Lifestyle changes can help fight hair loss too.
If you want to jump-start your hair restoration journey today, you can make a few simple changes to your daily routine.

  • Manage stress
    Physical activities such as exercise, meditation, and yoga can lower stress levels, as can making sure to get enough sleep. Listen to your body and discover what helps you relax.
  • Examine your diet
    Certain vitamins are important for hair growth—for instance, vitamin D, vitamin C, iron, and zinc. It is also important to make sure you are eating enough food and not following a restrictive diet.
  • Maintain good hair care
    Excessive heat and hair coloring can be contributing factors, as can tight hairstyles. If you’ve recently made a change to your hair care routine and hair loss followed, that change may be the culprit.
  • Make sure other medical issues are controlled
    Chronic medical conditions such as thyroid and autoimmune disease can cause hair thinning or loss. Please make sure to let your dermatologist know about these conditions.

When these basic tips don’t work, it is time to seek expert help.

A board-certified dermatologist can help you tweak lifestyle changes, start prescription medications (Minoxidil, Finasteride-Propecia®, Spironolactone), and suggest non-invasive, in-office treatments such as microneedling, PRP, and various laser treatments.

Thankfully, there are a number of prescription medications and over-the-counter products. Non-invasive treatments are also an option to address hair loss at the North Dallas Dermatology Associates. Schedule an appointment with one of our providers today to discuss your hair loss concerns.

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