aka Alopecia, Male or Female Pattern Baldness, Alopecia Areata, Cicatricial Alopecia, Telogen Effluvium
Hair loss can present in a variety of ways including a decrease in hair density, a change in hair texture or areas of bald patches. Hair loss can be temporary or permanent and is usually categorized as non-scarring or scarring. Some forms of hair loss are genetic, while others are related to autoimmune conditions or other systemic diseases, malnutrition, anemia (i.e. low iron), thyroid disorders or medications. Dr. Caren Campbell can examine your scalp, perform necessary testing and help formulate a treatment plan with you that is appropriate for your specific form of hair loss.
How can you diagnose what is causing hair loss?
A good medical history including on occasion labs (e.g.: routine labs +/- hormone and vitamin levels, iron studies, thyroid studies, and autoimmune markers) and a physical exam is essential. On occasion, a small sample of the scalp is taken (aka a biopsy) to look more closely at the hair follicles under the microscope. Putting this information together can help determine your specific form of hair loss.
Can hair loss be treated?
Yes. Dr. Campbell can formulate a specific treatment plan for your based on your form of hair loss. There are a variety of treatments available for hair loss, but they vary based on the cause.
Some treatment plans are aimed at halting the progression of hair loss, while others can also potentially regrow hair. Consult with Dr. Campbell regarding to discuss realistic expectations for regrowth.