Hair loss (or alopecia) can occur in both men & women for a variety of different reasons. It often carries with it a significant degree of psychological distress that is often overlooked by many doctors. It is important to understand the cause of the hair loss that it can be addressed most effectively. Dr. Allison has studied hair loss treatments at the Queen Mary University of London and can offer medical treatment causing significant improvement in most cases.
What types of hair loss can we improve?
- Male Pattern Baldness (Androgenetic Alopecia)
The most common type of hair loss in humans and can be inherited from either parent. It is due to the effect of a subtype of testosterone on hair follicles, causing them to change from terminal hairs usually found on the head to fine hair found on other parts of the body. The Hamilton Scale is used to classify severity of hair loss in males can range from mild to severe. The most important part of treatment is prevention. The earlier that a treatment is started, but better the chances of halting hair loss and restoration of hair volume. Treatment will typically involve a daily oral medication that is very effective in preventing further hair loss. Thickening of remaining hair follicles will take up to 12 months to be fully appreciated.
- Female Pattern Baldness
A form of hair loss occurring in women that often occurs in families and with significant psychological distress. Hair loss can be sudden, but more commonly the woman will notice a gradual thinning of the hair or report needing to twist the band around the hair more times to secure a ponytail. There may or may not be associated increased circulating androgen (for example polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS). It is important to find a doctor who understands the underlying causes of hair loss in women so that the correct treatment can be chosen.