Hair Loss

Vanguard Dermatology

Dermatologists located throughout New York, NY

Mention hair loss and most patients immediately think of classic male-pattern baldness, but men aren’t the only ones affected — women frequently need help with hair loss. The expert physicians at Vanguard Dermatology have helped many men and women restore their hair, either through medical care or with hair restoration surgery. If you have questions about hair restoration, book an appointment online or call one of their seven offices in New York City, Brooklyn, Forest Hills, and Staten Island, New York.

Hair Loss Q & A

What Causes Hair Loss?

Everyone naturally loses about 100 hairs daily. Hair follicles cycle between growth and rest phases. When they go into rest, the existing hair falls out, and then a new one grows when the follicle re-enters a growth phase. At least that’s the way it’s supposed to work.

Sometimes a problem affects the hair follicle, causing temporary or permanent baldness:

  • Androgenetic Alopecia: Androgenetic alopecia or hereditary hair loss is the most common type of balding. Better known as male-pattern and female-pattern baldness, androgenetic alopecia follows distinctive patterns — a receding hairline and thinning on the crown in men and diffuse thinning over the entire scalp in women.
  • Medical Conditions: An autoimmune condition called alopecia areata causes round patches of hair loss on your scalp and body. An estimated 30 different medical conditions can make your hair fall out including hormonal changes, ringworm, thyroid disease, and anemia.

You may also lose hair due to:

  • Emotional stress
  • Surgery
  • Illness or fever
  • Medications
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Weight loss greater than 15 pounds

Be aware that tightly pulling your hair back into a ponytail, cornrows, or braids can also lead to hair loss.

What is the Treatment for Hair Loss?

The first step is for the experts at Vanguard Dermatology to determine the cause of your hair loss. This diagnostic process includes reviewing your medical history and current symptoms and performing a thorough scalp examination. You may also need blood work to rule out an underlying condition or possibly a scalp biopsy.

In addition to taking care of the underlying problem, direct treatment for your hair loss may include medication to stimulate hair regrowth, stop thinning hair, or alleviate inflammation.

Hair restoration surgery is another option to consider. It’s safe for women and men, and it can effectively restore mild to severe hair loss — as long as you have an adequate donor area.

How Do Dermatologists Perform Hair Restoration Surgery?

The experts at Vanguard Dermatology perform the gold standard technique for hair restoration, follicular unit transplantation (FUT). During FUT, they remove a small strip of tissue from a donor area where you can spare healthy hair.

After separating individual follicular units from the strip, each unit is precisely transplanted into a balding area, using a tiny angled incision that matches your natural hair growth.

To learn more about how you can restore your hair, call Vanguard Dermatology or book an appointment online.