Getting to the root of hair loss: Comprehensive evaluations drive effective treatment
Over her more than 25-year career, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Hope Mitchell has developed subspecialty interests in several areas, including diagnosing and treating hair loss. Regardless of what she finds during hair loss evaluations at Mitchell Dermatology, patients in Perrysburg, Fremont, and Northwest OH area have peace of mind that the health and appearance of their “crowning glory” are in exceptional hands with her focused knowledge and considerable experience.
As with other types of conditions treated at our centers, hair loss treatment starts with an initial consultation to pinpoint the true nature of your concerns. These findings then inform our approaches to resolving the underlying cause of thinning hair or baldness, triggering regrowth and thicker, fuller locks.
A comprehensive consultation includes reviewing your medical history at length, and we may take a sample of your blood and test it to get to the root of your hair loss. With accurate information and the “big picture” in hand, Dr. Mitchell can then prescribe a treatment plan that fits you perfectly. Treatment may include:
- Nutritional supplements
- OTC medications, such as Minoxidil (brand name: Rogaine)
- Prescription steroids, like oral corticosteroids and hormone modulators
- Corticosteroid injections
- Injections of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Dr. Mitchell has treated a diverse array of patients through the years. As such, she has first-hand knowledge of conditions that tend to affect men, women, and patients with comorbidities such as thyroid conditions. A few of the common ways that hair loss presents itself, and common causes, include:
- Androgenetic alopecia – Also known as “male-pattern” or “female-pattern” baldness, hair loss is characterized by well-defined thinning at the temples and near the top of the head, and thin areas across the scalp, respectively.
- Alopecia areata – Bald patches that appear when the immune system attacks the follicles through which hair grows.
- Telogen Effluvium – Dramatic life changes, such as pregnancy or severe illnesses, can cause around 90% of growing hairs to shift to the shedding (telogen) phase of hair growth. That results in excessive hair loss and may be temporary or long-lasting.
- Traction alopecia – Some hairstyles, styling products, and heat can cause scarring and permanent damage by placing extreme stress on the hair follicles.
Generally, scarring alopecia refers to those conditions that inflame the scalp, which destroys the hair follicle. Non-scarring alopecia is those conditions that are not associated with inflammation. Both types of alopecia can, however, cause considerable hair loss and stress. Gain hair; stress less. We have the expertise to help. Contact us today to schedule your evaluation. You can reach our Perrysburg office at (419) 871-3737 (Perrysburg) and (419) 871-3636 (Fremont).