Advertisement

What can a doctor do for hair loss?

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Dermatology

Not all dermatologists specialize in hair loss, but most are capable of getting you started by determining a diagnosis. The doctor may do a biopsy, have blood work done, and can refer you to a specialist. A prescription for topical minoxidil (Rogaine) can help, and finasteride (Propecia, an oral medication originally developed for blood pressure) has been proven effective for male-pattern baldness but is not safe for women since it can cause birth defects. Both medications help stimulate new growth in the hair follicle and diminish the progression of hair loss. In cases of alopecia and male-pattern baldness that become worse, it is comforting to know that hair transplants are a terrific solution. They now grow in naturally and are better than ever before.

Simple Skin Beauty: Every Woman's Guide to a Lifetime of Healthy, Gorgeous Skin

More About this Book

Simple Skin Beauty: Every Woman's Guide to a Lifetime of Healthy, Gorgeous Skin

What if a leading dermatologist just happened to be your best friend and you could ask her anything? DR. ELLEN MARMUR, a world-renowned New York City dermatologist, answers all your questions with...

Continue Learning about Hair Loss

I Shed a Lot—Is That Normal?
I Shed a Lot—Is That Normal?
Some shedding is perfectly normal. In fact, most people lose around 50 to 100 hairs every day. But nobody wants to lose more hair than that, and seein...
Read More
Can hair loss happen in kids, too?
Iris Rodriguez-Johnson, MDIris Rodriguez-Johnson, MD
Hair loss or alopecia can happen in children. There are several causes of this condition. It is impo...
More Answers
What causes hair loss after bariatric surgery?
Mark A. Salcone, DOMark A. Salcone, DO
After bariatric surgery, hair loss (called telogen effluvium) may be caused by: trauma from the ...
More Answers
How Much Hair Loss Is Too Much?
How Much Hair Loss Is Too Much?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.