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Should I See a Dermatologist for Hair Loss?

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You should consider visiting a dermatologist for hair loss if you notice that you are losing more than 50 to 100 strands of hair in a day, if you observe your hairline receding, or begin to notice bald patches. The importance of seeing a dermatologist for hair loss cannot be overstated, as hair loss can sometimes be a symptom of a more serious health condition. In addition, by seeking medical help early, you may be able to significantly slow down or even reverse hair loss that might otherwise be permanent without appropriate medical intervention.

Dermatologists are physicians who specialize in the treatment of the skin as well as nails and hair. Qualifications to become a dermatologist vary by jurisdiction, but dermatologists typically must complete a residency in dermatology after completing medical school. Many go on to further specializations through completing medical fellowships. As dermatologists are medical doctors, they are qualified to evaluate the the overall health of their patients. This can be very helpful in understanding the underlying reasons for hair loss. If your dermatologist suspects that your hair loss is caused by a significant hormonal problem, malnutrition, or stress, he may refer you to other specialists for further diagnosis and treatment.

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When you contact a dermatologist for hair loss, be prepared for him to ask for a detailed medical history as well as information about your current lifestyle and symptoms. In some cases, hair loss may be caused by certain behaviors, such as the way you comb, style, or wear your hair. A dermatologist can ask you about your hair care and styling habits and point out ways in which your grooming may be affecting your hair. By learning how to protect your hair, you can stop doing what may be permanent damage to your hair follicles and stop the hair loss you are experiencing. In other cases, your hair loss may be the result of an underlying condition that can be treated with medications or even laser devices.

If you have already suffered significant hair loss that the dermatologist believes to be permanent, he may be able to recommend treatments, such as hair transplants, that can improve your appearance. Once again, by seeing a dermatologist for hair loss early, you may be able to reduce the amount of surgical intervention necessary to restore the way you look. Many dermatologists perform hair restoration procedures, and your dermatologist can advise you as to which, if any, are appropriate for you.

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