Dr Ioulios Palamaras, a Skin Care Network consultant dermatologist, with a particular interest in hair loss, explains treatment options.
Hair loss is common in men and women of all ages, often caused by androgenic alopecia, a form of hereditary hair loss. “Alopecia” is simply a word for hair loss, used in conjunction with other terms to define different types.
There are many causes beyond genetics. They can bring a loss of self confidence, of identity, losing all, or part of our hair has social as well as medical implications.
Poor health is a cause, such as lupus, iron deficiency, thyroid hormone deficiency, sexual diseases, psychological disturbance. A key part of the reason hair loss should be diagnosed and treated by medical professionals.
Medication can be a cause, such as chemotherapy. Childbirth often brings a temporary issue, which continues for a few women, they can also be affected by hormonal changes when taking contraceptive pills.
An unusual diet, or losing weight too quickly, or excessive sun exposure can be culprits. As can the way you treat your hair, from perming solutions or bleaches which don’t suit you, to tight hair curlers.
The core point we want to make is that hair loss has wider causes than nature alone. Even then, normal male pattern baldness, or thinning on top for women are not always irreversible.
Diagnosis Of Hair Loss
The hair loss industry is vast but dermatologists are the only medical professionals trained in the diagnosis and treatment of hair loss. Whether you choose us, or another London clinic, professional help is the right answer.
Our consultants will carefully examine your scalp and hair, perhaps other areas of your body, to see whether they are affected. Understanding the history of your hair loss and discussing your medical history can be valuable.
Microscopic study of your hair and roots can help establish specific causes and whether the growth cycle is normal. A small scalp biopsy may assist with diagnosis, although we can provide a high tech alternative to biopsies.
With the number of possible causes, our London clinics investigate thoroughly. There may be dietary issues to consider, an underlying condition you were not aware of which offers a solution.
Hair Loss Treatment In London
Skin Care Network provide clinics for hair loss treatment in North and Central London. You will see an experienced consultant dermatologist, for diagnosis and treatment.
Where your symptoms are due to standard pattern baldness, this can be effectively treated. Finesteride and minoxidil are proven solutions for men, minoxidil generally better for women.
The majority of underlying medical causes are treatable. Antibiotics can dispose of staphylococcal infections, replacement of iron, or thyroid hormone may result in prompt regrowth.
Suspected autoimmune diseases, perhaps alopecia areata, can be treated with steroid injections, creams, or gels. Identifying and treating a range of skin issues can help with hair loss, along with your wider health.
Staff at both of our London dermatology clinics understand the emotional impact of hair loss, as well as the causes. Our goal is to halt the loss and restore your natural hair wherever possible.