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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.

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