Diagnosing and Analyzing Hair Loss
Before a treatment method can be recommended, a physician will need to determine what caused the hair loss. During the evaluation process, a physician might ask whether the hair loss is sudden or gradual, if the patient is under any medication, has allergies, family history of baldness, or if the patient has been dieting. If the patient is female, the physician might ask the patient about her menstrual cycle, if she is pregnant or if the patient is experiencing menopause.
Oftentimes a physician will inspect the scalp for an indication of hair loss. This is usually done by conducting a "pull test" to determine the localization and severity of hair loss, or by inspecting the hair on other parts of the body. Sometimes a physician will collect a hair sample, conduct a blood test or remove a small part of the scalp to get the necessary evidence (or scalp biopsy). Because there are so many different causes for hair loss, it may take time to identify the hair loss to be able to find an appropriate solution.
While there are many different types of alopecia (hair loss), they basically fall into two categories: cicatricial (scarring) and non-cicatricial (non-scarring) alopecia. Cicatricial alopecia is caused by a medical condition. Non-cicatricial alopecia may be caused by grooming habits, behavioral issues, or heredity. Androgenetic alopecia (also referred to as male pattern baldness, female pattern baldness, or hereditary hair loss) is non-cicatricial alopecia and is the most common type of baldness. It accounts for 98% of all hair loss. Persons suffering from hair loss should consult a physician to rule out any underlying medical condition before seeking a treatment method.
There are two main methods for treating hair loss: Surgical and Non-Surgical. Strip donor transplant and follicular unit extraction are the most widely used methods of surgical hair restoration. Minoxidil, finasteride, and Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) are clinically proven, non-surgical medical treatments to treating hair loss.
For years, the use of LLLT to treat certain medical conditions has been an accepted modality. Recently, Low-Level Laser Therapy has been widely accepted by physicians as a way to treat hair loss. LLLT works by increasing cell metabolism and increasing blood supply to the hair follicles. By following the treatment protocol, most patients will be able to stop further hair loss and promote hair regrowth.
Anyone suffering from sudden and significant hair loss should see his or her family doctor, but we are here for you when you’re ready to start treatment for hair loss. If you have any questions about treatment for hair loss or any of our products, we encourage you to call us directly at (844) 280-4680.