What Is Alopecia?

Even if you have never heard the term alopecia, you are most likely familiar with its effects. Alopecia is the general term used to describe many different types of hair loss.

Common Types of Alopecia

Losing more hair than you are used to losing can be unsettling, regardless of age or gender. The first step to hair restoration involves identifying the type of alopecia you have.

Here are just a few common types of alopecia:
Androgenetic: This is the most common variation found in men. It results in hair thinning on the top and front of the scalp, and it is often hereditary.
Areata: This type of alopecia manifests itself when a person loses patches of hair around the face and head.
Totalis: This results in complete hair loss only on the face and head.
Universalis: This is a rare variation, and it leads to a complete loss of hair all over the body.

In most cases, the symptoms do not physically hurt. However, some people struggle with their alopecia and become self-conscious about their appearances.

Diagnosis

Because there are so many variations of alopecia, not to mention plenty of treatment options, it’s best to consult a professional dermatologist or hair doctor who can tell you which type you have and help you determine your best treatment option.

If you have noticed a consistent loss of hair that is heavier than normal, and you think you could be suffering from hair loss, the best time to seek treatment is now. The sooner you treat your alopecia, the better restoration results you will enjoy.

Usually, a dermatologist or other hair doctor will help diagnose you. The way a dermatologist would diagnose this condition is either visually or through a microscope.

Alopecia Treatment Options

There are several different treatments you can acquire at The Hair Center at Helendale to treat hair loss in any form.

Sometimes, a prescription or topical solution will be enough to bring good results. Topical medication usually takes about six months of consistent use to produce any results. It is vital to continue using the medication, or hair thinning can return.

Other options involve hair transplantation. The Hair Center at Helendale uses NeoGraft FUE technology to perform the minimally-invasive procedure that permanently restores hair follicles. We also offer a photo light therapy system or a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment.

Regardless of how alopecia might affect you, you have plenty of options.

The Specialist You Need

Dr. Arthur at the Hair Center at Helendale is an experienced dermatologist who has performed numerous hair restoration treatments. She brought both NeoGraft FUE hair transplant technology and PRP treatments to the Rochester area. Her expertise helps those who are uncomfortable with their alopecia regrow their hair and restore their confidence.

To see if she can help you too, request an appointment with Dr. Arthur.

Posted on December 28, 2018. Categorized as .
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