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Alopecia

In The San Francisco Bay Area

Alopecia

In The San Francisco Bay Area

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Hair Loss Specialist in the San Francisco Bay Area

At PotozkinMD Skin Care and Laser Center, our board-certified dermatologists are able to treat certain types of Alopecia.

Understanding and improving your hair loss condition

What are important things to know when experiencing hair loss?

It’s an unfortunate reality– very few signs of aging make you feel more frustrated or helpless than losing your hair. Whether it's due to hormonal changes, getting older, or genetics, it's easy to get discouraged when you're slowly watching your hair thin over time and end up experiencing baldness.

Dealing with hair loss can understandably be a sensitive issue for most, and it’s important to find a provider that you trust. A board-certified dermatologist will be able to examine your scalp and determine the right treatment approach for your unique condition.

There are many different types of hair loss in both men and women. Therefore, it’s extremely important that a dermatologist evaluates your scalp and hair before moving forward with any specific treatment approach.

What are the different types of Alopecia?

Different types of alopecia include:

  • Androgenetic Alopecia (also known as male or female pattern hair loss) is the most common hair loss type we see. The cause is due to a combination of hormonal and genetic factors. Hair regrowth is possible, but the rate at which it grows varies from person-to-person. Most women who experience this will have diffuse thinning on all areas of the scalp
  • Telogen Effluvium is another common type of hair loss that is caused by having too many resting hair follicles at once, which means the hair can easily fall out. This is usually caused by a preceding major life event– major surgery, major illness, childbirth, or a different stressor. Usually this intense hair shedding improves over 6-9 months, but sometimes it can become chronic and mimic Androgenetic Alopecia
  • Alopecia Areata is experienced when a person’s own immune system attacks the hair follicles, and this usually presents as shedding in patches. Manypeople will recover from this type of hair loss, even without intervention
  • Anagen Effluvium is most commonly associated with people who are receiving chemotherapy
  • Traction Alopecia is usually caused by localized trauma to the hair follicles from wearing tight hairstyles over time. If this is caught early enough, the hair will likely regrow

What should you expect during a hair loss consultation?

During your consultation, our team will learn about your medical history, examine your scalp, review any previous hair loss treatments, and begin to create your personalized treatment plan that caters to your situation, lifestyle, and goals.

Though there is not a permanent cure for some types of alopecia yet, there are a variety of treatment methods that improve the condition.

A personalized treatment plan is created for you that may include:

  • Topical medications
  • Oral medications
  • Steroid injections
  • And/or platelet rich plasma (PRP)

It’s our top priority to create a comfortable atmosphere of relaxation when you are being seen here. If you’ve been experiencing hair loss, we invite you to visit us for a consultation with our team. 

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